Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My first oil

Now that I'm completely inspired from my trip (and school has started), I've decided to try an oil painting. In the past I've stayed away from oils because of the toxicity and preferred working in acrylic, as well as being impatient for things to dry. But they have come up with water soluble oils (go figure), the process is a little different because I always start with a black ground and oils are more translucent, so it takes a few layers to build up the color. But all and all I love the look of it, because of the translucent layers there is much more depth than you can get from acrylic.

I have started a series of kids on the beach, the first one being in acrylic and 48" x 60" very large that I painted for my house. The rest of the series has been in my head, however, I've just finished the second one in oil. The image is one from Positano, our day at the beach, an italian mom and little girl, it's on a wood panel and is small for me 20" x 30".


nimble said...


I love your post-Italy trip work!
Keep these "kids on the beach" coming.....

Laura said...

Thank you, it's so nice to hear that.