Painting Beginnings

img_20180802_090153
Fruit bowl in oil and canvas

Here’s is my first (successful) oil painting.

I’ve used watercolors years ago just to learn the basics of color theory when i was taking drawing lessons, it was on open studio. Another student was taking oil painting lesson and sitting beside me so we’re told about the difference between the two mediums so I was absorbing both lessons.

Here’s what stuck me the most. Watercolors looks only easy, but has less control and very spontaneous. Oil painting is very complicated but you have way more control and very forgiving.

Fast forward years later now getting out of the creative rut. I bought some loonie store acrylic paints and some cheap brushes etc. Then random google image search, or maybe deviant art, of a fruit bowl (a nod-ish to my art teacher) as reference I painted this.

img_20180802_090623
Fruit bowl acrylic in canvas sheet

I like the result but I was yearning for the mixing that I learned from oil paints as the acrylics tend to dry so quickly on the palette. Because of the knowledge of the toxicity on oil painting which comes from turpentine (paint thinner) I came to another standstill. Is it possible to oil paint without using turpentine?

To take out the itch of trying out oil paint a quick trip Michael’s with a beginner set of oil colors and suppose non toxic brush cleaner painted the fruit bowl a second time. The result i find a bit translucent and the paint does not spread nicely. Sadly I have dispose of that painting and can’t share it anymore. The brush cleaner I didn’t like either as it has fumes. Now that itch has been scratched I want back to research.

So with more google search and looking for more point of view of the same answer. That answers is walnut oil medium. I bought the paints and the mediums of a certain brand. Still having them took me several months till I opened them, with I hint of fear that it will not work. I have also thrown it away it was an iceberg painting to test out values.

So we come back to the fruit bowl and now a third attempt. Which I learn so much in that one painting. I’ll share my notes and process on the painting on another post. But yeah a journey just started.

Hello World

img_20180801_201338
Hastily crud self portrait 

Welcome to Arc’s Oddities, this blog about me getting back and learning art. I work on traditional (pencil, charcoal, oil paint) and digital.

The oddities are my creations and will post on the process and thoughts on making them. In other words this is about creating art in the learners point of view.

I just started on making art again and currently working on two things, learning oil painting and refining my drawing skills. Digital was a frustration for me but will try to tackle it once more in the near future.

I’ll apologize in advance the terrible pictures I’ve taken that’s one medium I never really dealt with and will be part of the learning process as well.

I am starting this blog as part of Blaugust Reborn. It may sound forced but I was planning to start this around September. So it was a good push to get started than chicken out in the end.

Still the site is a bit rushed as the plan was to use tumblr but went with wordpress, so visually it’s a work in progress. As what I am learned lately on coming back to art, better than done than perfect.

That’s if for now see you back here.