Hanging on my wall (drying) is the underpainting of a new work in oil on linen. It’s not alarmingly big, but it’s a more complicated composition than I’ve been tackling of late. It has the same motifs that I keep going back to – figure in the foreground, open door, possibilities – something around the corner. It’s a male, for reasons I’ll explain when I post it finished.
This is the first painting session I’ve had with oils that I felt truly comfortable with. It was easy, it was fun, it worked, and didn’t get out of control. I’m starting to understand them better – and didn’t feel overwhelmed by centuries of tradition, plus I spoke to the manufacturer of the bulk of the ones I have on hand the other day, and he made me feel much more comfortable about the safety issues. I didn’t use turps except in the wash up and that made the smell issue almost non-existent.
The only thing is the drying time…… I am so itching to get back to my cloud painting, but it’s still wet after 4 days, and that was with liberal use of the liquin. I might have to bring it inside to see if that helps. The weather is cooling down quite a lot at the moment so perhaps that’s retarding it. There’s the dual issues of maintaining my enthusiasm and children’s little hands, which are a concern to me, and at the rate I paint, I’ll have 10 unfinished works lying around in various stages of completion. How will I manage this space-wise? I have NO idea. 🙂
I’m so excited about the oils though that I have started repainting little portraits for the show at Hudson at the end of the year. I had a fair few finished – or almost, and have started going over them with a layer of oil. Hopefully there will be plenty of time, and I can have the whole show in oils. They just look so much softer and less brittle. That show is in November – which is creeping slowly closer. Better get back to work….