Sunday, 19 April 2009
Waterways Project: Clear Michigan Light in Oils
Oil on Canvas
4" x 12"
Lake Michigan, April 09
I've been inspired by other Watermark members Jeanette and Sarah and Vivien all of whom are working in oils lately. I have not worked in oil much since school nearly 10 years ago so I'm having to play catch up. Two books that are helping me are Brushwork Essentials and The Oil Painting Class You've Always Wanted.
The first book, Brushwork Essentials, is a very practical book for learning how to load paint on a brush and get it to make the exact stroke you want for many different effects. Very helpful to me as I find it difficult to get away from applying and mushing paint around with my gloved hand. I'm childishly attached to finger painting....still.
The second book gives some practical advice on how to set up your painting space and the nuts and bolts of creating a basic painting.
If I could only buy one, I'd buy the first one.
The great beauty of oil painting for me is that unlike my oil pastels, I have UNLIMITED color choices. I'm looking forward to Sarah's up coming post on a step by step explanation of her plien air experience as this is what I'd like to be doing this summer too!
I've also finished work on my new web sitse for the Waterways Project if you'd like to see all my work together in the same place.
oil on canvas
4" x 12"
Lake Michigan April 09 #2