When we drove to our summer place this weekend, I didn’t expect to begin experimenting with a different medium. I knew there was a garage sale nearby, of stock from an art shop. I had never seen the art shop, but had to drop by.
Well the last time I had been to the cabin, I had painted my first Plein Air, of the new house just beyond us in the cove.
Acrylic on 9 x 12 Acrylic Paper.
It was the HOTTEST day, and there was a wind. (I won’t say breeze – to anyone other than Newfoundlanders it’s a wind.) The paint was drying before I managed to bring brush to paper. I was spritzing and on a wet pallette and using blending gel!!! What a torture! That was when I decided that I needed to try either different acrylics, or a different medium.
This weekend, my random garage sale, netted me some Holbein Duo Aqua water-soluble oil paints. I didn’t want to come home with a truck-load. It could have been so. There were wagon loads of equipment and supplies (literally). I limited myself to a yellow (Marigold), red (Madder), two blues (Navy and Turquoise), Ivory Black
and a grey (Monochrome 1). She didn’t have any white, so that grey was as close as I could get.
Voila, my first foray into oils.
This is on a 4 inch square of gessoed cereal box cardboard. The view from my window. Didn’t paint outside as it was raining, but it was enough to allow me to experience the texture of the paint. It is a different process than painting wet into wet acrylic, and you have to remind yourself that it doesn’t dry. But the rich, buttery texture of the paint is luscious. And the colours have great depth and intermix beautifully. And yes, they clean up with soap and water.
I’m quite pleased with it, other than the clouds in my sky. I realize, looking at the photo, that they are all far too similar. But in terms of the medium, I’m definitely impressed and will experiment more.
I have to keep reminding myself to “just play.” I have a failing in that everything I do is looked at as a task with a goal or a product. I have to let that go.
Enjoy your day, everyone. And go play.