Since regaining the use of my right arm, I have been working on getting back into oil painting. It’s been a challenge to try to fit it into my schedule. It’s not just busyness with work, but with family, church, and personal goals (meal prep, exercise, language-learning). When I’m trying to fit it all into a day, something has to give and that something is usually time at the easel, mostly because I know I’ll get lost in it. I completely lose track of time when I’m painting, drawing, or creating, so I get stuck in the mindset that I need a large, uninterrupted chunk of time…which rarely comes.
So, I decided to do another “index card art project” to get myself going again. I did one last year and it was such a great challenge to get me painting consistently and to help me paint more relaxed. You can read about the original #indexcardartproject HERE. In that post, I share the details of the challenge and the materials used.
I haven’t been painting daily, but I’ve been painting 2-3 cards a week and I find that it’s been a good introduction back into painting. I’m feeling comfortable again with color mixing and mark-making and I’m eagerly anticipating working on larger landscapes, still lifes, and some more portraits.
I also started working on creating an oil painting course for beginners over the summer and I need to get back into the swing of things to finish it. I’m excited about sharing the things I’ve learned at a very beginning level in the hopes that it’ll encourage other people who’ve envisioned themselves at an easel but feel intimidated at the prospect of starting. I know I felt that way for years!
Anyway, that’s in the works. The most recent index card painting I finished was a fun little study of a piece from an American Impressionist book. I love doing studies because they pull me out of my typical color palette. I learn what adding more variation can do for big swaths of green grass and how much I can push the yellow in a cloud among other things.
For those who are interested, here is a time-lapse video showing this most recent painting…
As you can see, I don’t tone the gesso before I start painting as I do on linen or canvas. These index cards just aren’t right for building up a lot of layers, but they are great practice for laying on paint and leaving it alone.
I’ll be putting the first bactch of cards (along with a few keepers from the last project) up for sale soon.