Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oil Studies

I decided to dabble in oils for the first time this summer (I worked with water-soluble oils in my second year of art school, but never with the real thing!). If you follow me on facebook you may have seen my first attempt, a study from a fashion catalog:

Next, I tried a more simplistic approach with a random image:

Here is an oil study for one of my solo show pieces that I am currently working on in acrylic. It got a bit choppy and thick, but it was valuable practice. (The final piece will not have candles with dodgy halos in it, mind).

And here are a few 2 1/2 hour model paintings from Ignat Ignatov's class, which I took a few months ago. All are 12" x 16":

There's so much to improve on with these, but the important part is that I had a lot of fun with a foreign medium. I also think that my acrylic work is definitely benefiting from everything I learned here. If you ever get the chance, take Ignat's class- he is a terrific and encouraging instructor!

And just to keep them all together in the same post, I'll repost my last oil study (an attempt to go thicker with the paint on a smaller canvas), after Howard Chandler Christy:

Working on a piece for Roq la Rue's 'Lush Life' group show right now, which opens next month...stay tuned!