Friday, February 24, 2012

Colorful Oil Painting of Sunflower in Series of Small Paintings of Sunflowers


"Sunflower #85"
5 x 7" Oil Painting
$34.95 incl S&H

In a series of paintings of sunflowers I experimented with the drying times of oils and acrylic paints in cold, damp winter weather. This colorful oil painting is one of those sunflower paintings.

I paint in more than one medium to keep my spontaneity going with the challenges posed by each. I've tended to paint in different seasons of the year with one medium or another without really thinking about it. En plein air work is my choice in the summer so I tend to use oils or watercolors at that time of the year. The acrylics get put away for the winter months. These practices seemed to have become habits.

I had never challenged myself to be ready to paint with any medium at any time of the year other than dry drawing materials, i.e, pencils, especially watercolor pencils. Recently in the cold, wet weather that is so common in Seattle winters I experimented with the drying times of oil paints versus acrylic paints. I guess my former life as a chemist was showing!

In conclusion, I must say that my intuitive habits were spot on. I found myself frustrated with oils this winter because they just didn't dry fast enough to keep my enthusiasm going on a particular painting. I know about and have some fast drying agents but I rarely use them because they are a bother to me when I get so focused on color alone.

My artistic journal of acrylic sketches, pages you've seen in previous posts, doesn't frustrate me in the least in winter because the drying time is slowed down to just about the pace of my free and loose brush strokes. You'll find more results from my adventures with drying times on my small paintings page.

Ironically, my long-standing experience with watercolors confirms my love of them because I can work in any weather on a painting. Even though some watercolorists use a hair dryer as they paint, I rarely ever resort to that aid when I'm painting.

Fellow artists, have you chosen your medium because of drying time considerations?


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