|"Lady In Red"- Oil - 16 X 20|
Rich and creamy. No, I am not describing a dish, but a painting medium. Every medium has a characteristic that attracts different types of artists. The texture, color and brilliance of oils does that for me. I started painting with oils in 1977. I loved them immediately, but I did not enjoy the clean up with the smelly turpentine. In recent years, I have fallen in love with watercolors and experimented with acrylics. Life has come a full circle and I just started using oils again. I now use Turpenoid and avoid the strong odor. As everything does in life, oils have now evolved and now there are even water-soluble oils. Yes, oil and water!
Above is a recently completed piece in oil. I had to think differently as I worked on this piece. For one, I did not have to worry about protecting my white areas as in watercolor. I also did not have to worry about paint drying up quickly on the palette as I talked on the phone. Am I leaving other mediums for oils..............absolutely not! Art is all about exploring, experimenting and enjoying!