This post is about my first session in oil painting.
Last night, I began. I finally chased the boys into bed around 9pm and then started this new adventure in oil painting.
What I Enjoyed
- The texture of oil paint is as wonderful as people say!
- Luscious, thick color is yours at the stroke of a brush, no endless back and forth with a tiny pencil tip.
- The feel of the brush in your hand is a good one, nice and thick.
- The excitement of a new adventure.
- Bells kept going off in my head of things that I had read before that suddenly made sense.
What Challenged Me
- Color mixing was a challenge. I used a limited palette - one red, one blue, one yellow and white. At the end I also added a green in, I had tried mixing several and just decided to give in.
- Manipulating paint was both challenging and rewarding. Edges are particularly "exciting" in this regard - sometimes I was thrilled with the result, other times I was disappointed - at this stage I can't really even describe what I did differently to achieve the two results.
- Keeping clean - despite my natural cautiousness, I had paint up my arm, on the desk, my hands, and later sadly I realized on my shirt! This morning, when photographing, I got paint on my hands again and somehow kicked the painting and smudged the paint.
- Color mixing - this painting is very dark, both the values and colors need work.
- Familiarity - I hope to grow even more comfortable with the medium and its handling.
- Edges - keep learning about what works and what doesn't.
- Composition - I think for my next piece I will do another "macro" like this, just to keep focused on values, edges, and color.