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” | 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!