For a while now I’ve been feeling the increasing urge to have a go at painting in oils. I’d been stalled though by the combination of dark arts and alchemy that surrounded oils, confusing terms such as fat over lean and the use of noxious mediums were off-putting, to say the least.
I’ve had the niggling feeling for some time that I’ve been following the path of least resistance where my creativity is concerned. By sticking to the familiar mediums of ink and watercolour I felt that I was beginning to get a little too comfortable and not pushing my boundaries enough. Another reason for not branching out was my fear of inconsistency in my artwork. By starting again in a new medium it feels almost like starting all over again as an artist.
For the past couple of weeks now I’ve been experimenting solely in oils. I’m pleased to report that I’m smitten with the medium! Working wet-on-wet or alla prima to give it its technical term I’m finding that I’m gradually able to produce the kind of art that I want to make.
Above are my first forays into oils. Hopefully, in my next post I’ll be able to show you some completed paintings. Unlike watercolours, this time round I’m having to be patient and wait for days until the finished pieces are dry enough for photographing!