Plein air “hike”

Well, I packed up all my plein air gear for the first time, (literally, I packed my backpack!) and took a long hike to the patio. Just had to get outside and try my hand at plein air painting. Good practice for dialing in what I may need for a much longer hike. 🙂 I really enjoyed it! I knew I would.
Anyway, some marigolds for my first trek. I didn’t finish it. Although I may take the hike again tomorrow night, or finish it up in the studio. Either way, I haven’t painted since April so it’s good to get the brushes back into my hands again. After all, I still have a piece to finish… right Nick and Jayla?
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Played a little yesterday. A quick painting of “Bish”, who recently passed. Didn’t complete it. Had to get ready for The Derby! Oh yeah, and I was getting careless and muddy again. I think what I tried to do was to sketch out the entire portrait and work back into it. By the time I had fine tuned his head and face, the remaining portions were out of scale. Guess good drawing skills would have prevented that from happening. Anyway, it was a good start. I will either fix this one or try again. I know my sister and brother-in-law would love to have it. Ampersand panel, 5×7.

Bishop, oil on Ampersand panel.
Bishop, oil on Ampersand panel.

Opinion: Water Mixable Oils

In my humble opinion, it is true, water and oil do not mix. I tried this morning. Maybe there is a different approach to the use of them. But, when I attempted to use my sample set of water mixable oils as I would my normal oil paints, absolutely did not like the feel. To me, I could almost tell that there was water in my oil, as obvious as that may sound. The spread wasn’t the same, they appeared to dry much quicker (even though my use of water was almost null after my initial wash), and blending on the canvas became difficult. Again, first experience, and my initial opinion . I suppose it could have been the substrate (first time with this Ampersand textured panel also) but these may go into a drawer somewhere. I guess there’s a good reason they call it “oil painting”. I’ve done it for so long that these were a disappointment to me almost immediately.

Anyone else try this new media? Have any thoughts?

A small sample detail of my brushwork this morning. I couldn’t bring myself to finish this because I felt it was getting more and more difficult to work back into the paint. It wasn’t really meant to be a finished piece, but experimental. I’ll try again in my regular oil painting technique and post the results.

Update: while cleaning the palette with a palette knife, I thought, why not play a little? So, I took what paint mixes I had already mixed on the glass, and spread some using the knife over the canvas on top of my “mess”. It really turned out kind of neat! Might have to use a bit of knife in future projects. Haven’t done that for years.


Another commission

I have a friend who is patiently waiting on a commission piece from me. It’s not going so well. I’ve spent so much time correcting the original painting, that it’s getting very overworked. I needed a break. So today, spent a few hours on a sketch. Sometimes you just gotta step away and play.
Today’s fun…