Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oil Painting

Believe it or not, I have not dropped off the face of the Earth. For the past month or 2 I have been trying to create a new doll, a ball jointed doll. Unfortunately casting and molding seems to be a weak point for me. After weeks pouring over plasters, silicone rubbers and resins I finally came up for air. I decided I had to create something that I could actually finish or I would go mad. Soothing oils seemed a natural transition from caustic chemicals so digging through my boxes I found a dusty, old set of oil paints I had never used. Being entirely unfamiliar with oil paints (my budget ran more towards acrylics) I started searching old paintings for proper skin tones and mixing. Using Ingres' smooth tones and shadings as my model I painted a small basswood plaque I had lying around and, to tell the truth, I love oils! Oh sure, some things about them are annoying. The drying time is an obvious hurdle for someone moving from acrylics and oil paints are not particularly inexpensive. But the (hmm searching for proper descriptors here) malleability of the medium is fantastic. Blending in blushes, highlights and shadows is heavenly. I'm still practicing the gorgeous, super-smooth skin found in some of my favorite pieces. See Ingres: Ingres #1 and Ingres #2

But I have to say that after months of disappointment, I have finished something I am happy with! And more than halfway done on my next!


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