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Thursday, July 20, 2017

West Texas Oil Painting Practice

On wetcanvas in the Southwest Forum we have a monthly challenge to paint or sketch from photos posted by one of the artists.  I decided to paint the west Texas scene with oils.  I'm planning on a big painting and decided I needed to get my "brush and oil" skills back in shape.

Good thing I decided to practice with the oils.  I just got out some and didn't even look at them.  I got out the tubes of color then the bottle of oil and big tube of Titanium White.  I proceeded to paint.

When I finished, I took photos and cleaned my two brushes.  As I was writing my post for wetcanvas and listing my art tools I realized I had mixed my media.  It didn't matter, they mix fine.  The paints I chose were Artisan's Water Mixable oils for the colors and M. Graham walnut oils for the titanium white and the oil to use as a medium.  I meant to only get out the M. Graham walnut oils because the others have a linseed oil base.  I am allergic to linseed oil ... it gives me a headache.  I usually use the Artisan oils outside so the linseed won't bother.

I took the painting outside to dry along with the leftover paper towels and paper palette.  Hopefully I will escape without a headache.  I was painting for about an hour and a half, but not much paint out for the small painting.

West Texas
Oil on canvas panel, 10 x 8 inches

The photos for the challenge were put up by KreativeK.  She lives in Big Spring, Texas.  Maybe you would like to paint with us, check out the challenge here:

The Southwest and Western forum is another group of artists that paint, sketch, sculpt and share with no pressure.  Nice folks from around the globe.

As I was putting the painting on the porch, I showed it to Gene, my art critic.  He immediately says, "Where are the power lines?"  Am I getting forgetful and old or what?  I was wondering why I didn't have the small bottles of Graham oil and medium together with the colors, too.  Sigh........

The painting has suggestions of power lines now.  Maybe I will take another photo after it sets and dries a bit.  Oils always look better after the paint settles.


Rae Andrews, Contemporary Texas Artist in all media said...

What fun Jo...fun I also have been thinking of getting my oils out again. This gets me inspired. Good job!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

just takes forever to draw :/

the painting looks good, lovely clouds :)

i like oils, but they give me a headache and set off my asthma and I can't breath. also i always forget they take forever to dry and always brush against the canvas and get paint everywhere :p

Joan Tavolott said...

This draws you in so nicely. Glad Kay got you enthused to paint the reference. Good job!

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, maybe it is the linseed oil for you, too. I thought it was the turpentine or paint thinner until I used the ones you clean with water. It is linseed for me. I like the M. Graham oils with the walnut oil, no allergy. Thanks on the clouds.

Joan, thank you so much. I don't like to paint from photos so much so I usually don't do more than one on the monthly challenge.

Bag Blog said...

I didn't notice the power-lines. I was drawn to the clouds and landscape. Very nicely done.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, thank you. I added some wisps of lines. I will take a photo soon. Ha.

Jo Castillo said...

Rae, thanks for stopping in. You are the inspiration, painting daily and more! It was fun to oil paint and push the paint around.

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