Last week, I bought myself a starter set of oil paints on a whim.  Up to this point, all my paintings have been done in acrylics.  And while I will forever love that medium, a part of me was ready to try something new.

I’m so very glad I took the plunge.

Painting with oils is a completely different experience from painting with acrylics.  While a layer of acrylics dries in about 10 minutes, a layer of oils can take 1-2 weeks.  Oils also have a much more buttery feel to them and a slight sheen.  But the biggest difference is that oils blend – my goodness how they blend!

For my first painting, I grabbed a pear out of the fruit bowl in the kitchen and got to work.  I loved the bright yellow greens against the dark smokey purples.




“Pear” | 8″x8″x1.5″ | oil on cradled gesso board | for sale here

Then I set my sites on a tiny landscape.  This is a lighthouse very close to where my dad grew up on Vashon Island, WA.

Point Robinson Lighthouse

Point Robinson Light House

“Point Robinson Lighthouse” | 8″x10″x1.5″ | oil on cradled gesso board | for sale here

Then I thought I’d try my hand at a pet portrait in oils.  A couple layers in, it was going pretty well…


Then right after I took this photo, I dropped it and smudged paint everywhere.  Arrrrg.

While I won’t be abandoning my acrylics anytime soon, I’m definitely happy that I’ve begun experimenting with oils.  There’s so much to learn and so many beautiful things to paint!