I’ve shared about my friend, Katie, who is an amazing artist with formal training. Well, we had an idea to sketch/paint together once a week on Friday afternoons. Life has gotten in the way a few times, because we’re both busy, but each time we have gotten together, it has been so amazing. Last time, we were just sketching an egg. This time, we were sprawled out on the floor, painting landscapes in oil. It’s rushed and disorganized and we make it up as we go along, but it’s two friends spending time together doing something we love. It’s good for the heart.
So, I’ve been wanting to get into oils and I have never used them. It made me laugh when we both pulled out our supplies. Her paints are well used and her palette is seasoned…
All of mine were brand spanking new in stark contrast.
Well, mine will get all seasoned and crusty, too!
Katie taught me how she puts together a palette and we worked on building tonal scales…
We selected a fine art painting from an art magazine to use as an inspiration picture. Katie talked through her process. She’s very systematic. I was looking at her canvas board, trying to follow her steps. We only had about 20 minutes to paint and I just had some cloud shadows and patches of blue sky on my canvas, so I went rogue.
“I’m just going for it!”
I started just working the paint, trying to stay loose. It honestly felt like a bit of a mess and, aside from basic composition, it really didn’t look anything like the inspiration painting. When I took a minute to step back, though, I actually liked some of what was happening. It’s my very first oil painting ever, so there is a mountain of room for improvement, but I loved working with oils and I can’t wait to work on the next painting.
I put it in a gold-leafed frame, because that makes anything, even an amateur first-attempt at an oil painting, look important!
I’d like to try some more muted greens and blues next time, because this one is a little bright.
And I need to go back and sign it! I don’t know what is with me and not wanting to sign things. I’ll sign it, though.
I’m going to be traveling this Friday, sadly, so I’ll miss my art date with Katie, but I’ve packed my sketch books and watercolors and am looking forward to the next time I can get my oils out.
PS – My love of art supplies is totally out of control!! An intervention may be necessary.