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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Oil Practice

Painting in oil has a different feel.  Sometimes it is relaxing to smoosh the paint around.  Sometimes it tries my patience.  Mixing color is satisfying and challenging.  My palette is basic .. a warm and cool of each primary, white, burnt umber, burnt sienna and white.  I use a green similar to sap green and sometimes purple and orange to save mixing time.  You know I'm impatient.  The drying time and the clean up time of oils are a couple of things that bother me a bit.

With pastels I can just walk away when I'm finished.  I've been using vinyl gloves lately so even cleaning my hands has been easier.  I didn't like using finger covers or the old rubber gloves.  You need to feel the pastels.  I've found these "hospital" gloves much better for that.  I have been using liquid gloves, a cream, that protect the hands.  It is good but you need to stop once in a while, wash the hands and re-apply.

I did use gloves with the oils, too.  I'm using the walnut based oils from M. Graham.  https://mgraham.com/artists-colors/oil-color/  (The linseed oil in regular oil paint gives me a headache.) They are a little bit softer, the colors seem to soak into each other a bit more.  I had to add more highlights after the painting sat for a while.  They do have a medium with alkyd which I will try next time.  To speed drying and merging layers.  I think that would help the colors to sit on top of each other better.

The view is across the street/road from here.  I stood in the open garage again.  Good to be in the shade for me.  I really like the light through the trees and try to capture that.  Some artistic license was used to move things around for the composition.  I see I didn't sign it ... oops.

Vista del Rey
9 x 12 inches, oils

We haven't been able to see the sunsets from here at the house, too many trees.  We finally got some photos last night.  We started at the Resort through the window.  We could tell it would be spectacular. Took the last down on the highway.  Definitely Angel Fire.


Joan Tavolott said...

Wow to the sunsets!!! Nice oil painting of the view across the street!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thanks. Good to play in the oils once in a while. Sunsets in New Mexico are great. Almost every night!

Joanna said...

I like the painting and that sunset is amazing!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks a bunch, Joanna. :-)

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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