Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oil Painting Research Day

I had coffee with a friend this morning and spent the afternoon researching color theory, tcehnique and my medium of choice. This is quite an overwhelming task as everyone who uses or has used oil considers themselves an expert with opinions on even the minutest of details falling anywhere on the spectrum. From brands, to mediums, to palettes colors, to suitable palettes, to brushes, to how you hold the brush, to...well, you get the idea.

I was afraid to use oil paint for a long time. In my mind, it is the Mother Superior of all mediums. The smell, the messiness, the technical aspects and careful treatment required had me paralyzed and stuck on acrylics. Even now, there is a lot of hit or miss and trial and error involved for me in working on oils. I probably do a lot of things the long way around.
Bill Martin's site has great vital info to refresh the experienced and inform the fledgling oil painter.

So, with my brain exploding from information overload........I look forward to "The Office" tonight.......... cheers.

Hope you all had a great creative day......

1 comment:

Kathleen, a Glass Artist said...

Hey Tracey!

I get such a kick out of your explanations. I tried oil painting a LONG time ago and was amazed by the process. Hopefully you've been processing your information overload...I'm sure you have. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.