Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Mild Mediums?

This was my very first attempt with oil paints.
I'd always been very intimidated by oils. In my head they were what "real artists" used, not a schlub like me.

Oddly, it was getting comfortable with digital painting that gave me the courage to try oils. Of course the reality was quite different! For one, I learned the hard way not to keep my coffee cup right next to the turpentine. In case you were wondering, no, coffee doesn't rinse oil paint off the brush. Doh!

The other thing I learned was how forgiving oils really are, because they dry slow and you can fix small booboos while it's still wet. Of course, the other side of that particular coin is having to have a side project going. They dry reeeeeeally slow especially living on the edge of a temperate rain forest, as I do.

This was my second oil, when I'd finally given myself permission to enjoy what I was doing, and I think it shows in this one.

I can see all the mistakes, but somehow I still like looking at it. Plus, he's so happy with his lily!

It's actually fairly rare that I can enjoy my older pieces. After a while I start to see ONLY the mistakes and none of what I liked about it originally. Anyone else have that problem?

Anyways, new links over to the side there! Check out some amazing medium mixers whose work is ANYthing but mild. I've discovered that simmering coal of creativity in myself once more after enjoying their sites and their art.

Thanks AI! :-D


Marilyn Rock said...

Beautiful oils!! Mistakes? I don't see them :) I think we all do this; we focus on them because we are our own harsh critics. After all; our art is who we are. I just am blown away that these two oils were your first attempts - amazing you are! You really captured the light, too, which is very difficult! I love them!

Anonova said...

Thanks Marilyn! And yes, we are always our worst critics, which is why it's so useful to have other artists around for a dose of reality.

Heather Robinson said...

Wow...am I glad to have found your blog (thanks for leaving a lovely comment on mine!!) When I first clicked into your blog, I thought you were a potter because your oil painting is so realistic! I'm in awe of your talent. First attempts too!

Patti G. said...

Ok, what in the world!! First of all, YOU ARE A REAL ARTIST!!!!!!!!
Your work with oils here is AMAZING!!!! First attempt and second?? You look like you should be TEACHING! I am in love with this! I want to crawl right into the shot and pick him up! Then smell the flower and run my fingers through the grass! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!! Really stunning!