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 🙂

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 🙂