I have been going through an artistic crisis. In my artistic journey, which encompasses most of my life, I have tried to become an oil painter. I have always admired the old masters and, of course, dreamed of becoming like them. As I have gotten older I have realized that I will never get close and, because I could not create work like theirs, I drifted away from oils and became afraid of them. I still sneakily tried them every once in a while and gave up and ran from them. LOL! Silly, I know. Well, with this latest commission, my client initially asked me to do the paintings of the houses in oils and I said, “NO! Oh, no! Can’t do it. No, no, no.” So, he agreed to acrylics. Well, for the last two weeks I have been dwelling on oils and trying to resist the drive to go to oils. I contacted my client and we discussed it and he has agreed to allow me to try to do painting number seven with oils. I started it with acrylics and after getting the sky in I was unable to get anything else done on it. I tried. It was a mess. I started another panel and made a mess of it. Finally, I realized that I need to use oils. SO… I am doing a few practice oil paintings before starting house number seven. Here is my first practice painting:
I just need to get a feel for the paint and I need to figure out how to make the painting dry quicker. It is possible with different mediums and solvents. But, I also want to make it as toxin-free as possible. Well, I am off on another adventure and challenge. It is a bumpy road, for sure! LOL!
Talk doesn’t cook rice. ~Chinese Proverb