Oil pastel, gauche etc.

For many years I was so faithful to watercolour, it was my true and only. In the last couple of years, though, I tried more materials than in a whole decade before that. I started with acrylic paint and oil, then there were printing experiments, and now I went on to pencils, crayons, pastels and even gauche. Yes, gauche, that I painted with last time when I was maybe 6 years old 😀  

What can I say? New materials a very liberating. It’s like moving to a new place where no one knows you and starting all over again. And it’s easy to make mistakes, you’ve never done that before, it’s okay to mess up.

Plus, stuff like oil pastels are good for quick sketches, so if I don’t have many hours, and lately I cannot find time for a proper painting session, sketching with some dry materials is quick and not too dirty.

These small (a4) random sketches I’ve accumulated since Christmas. I won’t call them “finished works”, but I like some elements and maybe will use some parts in digital projects or print as posters, haven’t decided yet. But l like this abundance and variety, I’ve been missing it since corona started 🙂

Putting together a small exhibition

I have a small exhibition in Aalborg University library right now. Despite corona social weirdness and limitations, it feels great to see my pictures hanging on the walls in this nice space. I really wanted to show my works in 2020 and it’s happening! It will last till the end of January.

It happened quite unexpectedly, even though I was talking to the art union representatives for several months. Their sudden call was a nice last moment 2020 surprise.

Now to a few technicalities of putting together a small exhibition 🙂

It is the second time I have my pictures presented, but this time it was much more difficult to put it together – mostly due to the grown volume and difference in materials. Today I paint not only in watercolor, there are many pictures in acrylics and oil. I wanted them to play nicely together, and I think it worked in the end, even though the pieces are rather different in mood and contrast. I took some pictures of the ready exhibition and of my “casting” at home. 

A separate challenge was to hang frames on the walls nicely. I’ve never tried hanging a bare canvas frame before. It turned out to be quite difficult for a newbie like me J  I spent like 3+ hours putting them up. I needed to figure the order first, and even though I had a vague plan of my grouping, I had to change it a lot on the way. Make them hang on the same level was also “fun”. With my lack of experience in the field, it was quite an exercise, but learning was exponential)). Now I think I’ll have far less trouble with a similar task 🙂

At the same time I felt a bit under the weather because of corona situation. Exhibiting at the moment when not even half of the potential viewers can access the pictures is not feeling exactly great. So I was a bit hesitant to share the news on social media. But then I finally pulled myself together and made a small post on personal Facebook. I think I’ve never got so many positive reactions and comments on social media before, it was awesome – I am very thankful. So now, when the exhibition is almost over and almost no one can see it due to a harder lockdown, I still am writing about it. Because every step matters 🙂

Have a nice day and stay safe, everyone.

Oil

A month ago I started going to a painting studio Monday (sometimes Wednesday) evenings to learn a bit about oil and acrylic painting techniques and just book some time for painting at least once a week. What can I say?

Oh..I enjoy oil paint so so much! My background is watercolor and most of the time it’s just a lot of stress: you have to be fast and you get only one attempt, almost no chance for fixing it later. Oil? It’s the texture, beautiful soft mixing properties, no change in color after drying. Downsides? It dries very slowly. So to get the next layer, you have to wait at least a day or two. For an impatient person like me it’s a little hell, but, on the bright side, I get a lot of time to think about the next layer, and planning is good even in arts 🙂

So, in a month I finished three paintings, sizes are 20×30 and 30×30. My personal favorite for now is the mussels :3

My goal was to get less figurative, and I told my teacher about it from the start, so today he said something like, “ok, I can see you can paint, so do you want to push it a bit further?” Yes, I do 🙂 so on Monday I’ll start my first big abstract, 60×60 or so. Looking forward to 🙂