Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Two More Oils

I feel bad about not posting for a while.  Life gets in the way sometimes and art has to take a backseat.  I have been dabbling with oils and gouache here and there, but mostly just experimenting and practicing mixing colors.  It will take a while getting used to mixing, but it is fun to see what you can create.

The first painting was done a few days ago.  I have no idea why I didn't post it.  Maybe it's because I don't like it.  I guess it's okay, but I felt lost when painting it and just couldn't do what I had in mind.  Oh well.  This is a learning experience and we get what we get.  It is painted with Windsor & Newton Artisan WMO's and is painted on a 9 x 7 canvas board I purchased at a dollar store.  Where else would you find something that size?

The second painting was done after watching Larry Seiler's last class where he discusses different palettes.  He mentioned a split complementary palette and mixing a dark, medium and light in each color and each mixed color.  I used ultramarine blue, cad red hue, cad yellow light and titanium white.  The green came from mixing blue and yellow... you get the picture.  It was nice having all your paint premixed and ready to go.  I could just grab whatever color and value I needed without much thought.  It could be that you might stay in the right brain mode because of the premixed paint.  It was sort of like painting with pastels, just not as many choices, which I find makes things easier.

Anyway, same paint as the first, but this is painted on a 5 x 7 canvas board.  I see white showing through.  The first time I didn't prime the surface.  Both were painted from my own reference photos.

Thanks for looking.





  1. Wow, you're really taking to the oils. I like the second one where you were following Larry's palette. That is spectacular. Love the dramatic values and brilliant colors, sense of depth.

  2. Thanks, Rob. I am enjoying the new venture into the world of oils. The limited palette sure helped to simplify things.