I recently got round to getting an oil painting set. Many told me that I’m a natural painter, even though I’ve never tried oils in my life. Oil painting is hard. I’m used to successful outcomes and quick solutions. When something is not working out or is taking up a lot of time, I can always find a way to optimise the process. However, painting is something else, entirely. There is no quick remedy. This medium will definitely teach me to be patient with myself. The underpainting, the fat over lean rule is something I need to get to grips with.
My first paintings are all alla prima — I’m a lazy person by nature, I can’t wait a long time for a layer to dry. But I am willing to do whatever it takes to get this to work. I like the impasto technique, just going for it and making the brush do all the heavy lifting.
YouTube has saved my ass. There are so many videos of professional artists explaining and sharing their process. It’s all in my hands. God, I feel so excited. I’ve been drawing all my life, and now comes painting. It is hard, it is challenging, I can’t look at anything now without thinking about how I’d make the values work in oils. Currently, I’m equipped with five rather large artists’ hog brushes and some student-grade oils, putting it to use on a small, primed canvas paper. After some thought, I definitely need to get a smaller brush. My colours are all getting muddy...
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