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!

Hi there! I'll be taking maternity leave during the summer of 2018. If you'd like a pet portrait during this time, feel free to drop me a note ( and I'll let you know as soon as I'm back to the studio. Thanks! Dismiss