Monday, December 10, 2007

A departure from pastel

This is the first plein air oil painting that I've done in many years. I recently took an oil sketch workshop to reintroduce myself to oils. The workshop focused on the portrait and figure but the principles apply to landscape as well. It was drizzling the morning I painted this, which made for an interesting experience. First, I was able to be outdoors painting in the rain—something I could never do with pastel—and second, I learned just how oil and water DO NOT mix on the canvas. Next time I'm taking my umbrella. All in all, I am still pleased with the result.

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