So, this week I've been mostly working on that oil painting I started as a gift to my brother-in-law. Just to give you the background - they bought a house down near Hampton Court Palace down the South of England last year. It dates back to the 1800s and is gorgeously quirky inside. It's called King's House and possibly belonged to the grounds keeper of some king or other (English history isn't really my forte!). This is a view of it from the street. My brother-in-law likes original art work so it seemed like an appropriate gift (maybe someday it'll be valuable!) It isn't finished yet as I've been leaving a couple of days between each painting session to try to let the paint dry.
This is the first time since school (back through the mists of time) that I've used oil paints. I had a brand new box of them sitting in my art supply cupboard that I've had for about 10 years. Seriously. I'm surprised they hadn't all dried up in the tubes but as they were all unopened, luckily they're good as new.
Things I like about oil paints:
- you can draw the outline of your subject using a paintbrush
- If you make a mistake, you can just go over it
- Ditto, if you try a particular style of applying the paint and it looks rubbish, you can paint over it in a different style.
Things I don't like about oil paints:
- They take a really long time to dry - especially when you're used to working in watercolour
- The turps/white spirit really stinks which isn't great when your studio is your kitchen!
- I keep smudging the bottom of the canvas with my sleeve
Overall though I have to say I am enjoying using oils and have already been thinking about what I'd like to paint next. I did try to do this in a pointillist style but surprisingly I am finding it much harder to do in oils than I would've thought. Maybe it's just the subject matter in this case that needs to be more detailed than pointillism would allow but it really isn't as easy as I imagined. Even more kudos to my arty hero George Seurat in that case!!
Got a long way to go yet - good job my brother-in-law's birthday isn't till May! Don't forget to pop on over to Paint Party Friday to see what everyone else has been up to this week.