Painting in oils hasn’t been my thing. Part of the reason is due to my impatience. I also realized, while working on “Night Heron”, that my style is not typical for someone who works with oils. I work fast, and tight. Oils are for people who like to work slow and loose.
I think it would behoove me to learn to slow down.
I have to say I can understand the appeal of oils even though they are messy and very inconvenient to work with. The photo of “Night Heron” makes it look flat and blobby, but in reality the sheen makes it stand apart from my other works. The painting seems to change in different lighting. At night, it looks like a night scene. In daylight, it appears as a bright, humid day with the moon out. Photos don’t do justice to oils.
Unfortunately for me, storage is going to be an issue. My studio is actually the living room by the woodstove where I am surrounded by squeaky-toy toting dogs, a fat, attentive Kitteh, and another, too-interested adolescent kitten who loves paint brushes and finds the whole process fascinating.
Anyway, with all this activity and hair floating around, it’s not the ideal environment for a messy, slow-drying art medium.
“Night Heron” is 12×16″. It is for sale, $400. By the looks of things, it will be ready to ship in about a month.