oil painting – still life 2…

jug, book and wine glass

My second ever oil painting. As with the previous post, this painting was created during a class taken under the instruction of Charles Vinh. This still life set up was more challenging than the first one since there were a greater variety of textures and materials to represent. The transparency of the wine glass was an especially interesting thing to attempt – but not as successful as I had hoped. More confidence with the medium should give a smoother line to the brush strokes in time. The potential within oils to great a softness and luminosity, difficult to achieve with acrylics, is still what is most exciting in my experimentation with this traditional medium.
This week, I start an additional short course in acrylics – one that should teach some of the unique qualities of that medium  rather than trying to force it into the mould of oils. It will be a very busy few weeks while the two courses overlap and work gears up for a looming deadline.

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer


4 thoughts on “oil painting – still life 2…

  1. For what it’s worth my eye was immediately drawn to the transparency of the wine glass and my first thought was, “Hey, that’s nice!” Can’t wait to see what you do with water in oils: your water scenes in acrylic and in your electronic art are beautiful particularly because of the sense of depth and transparency you achieve, and if oils let you go even deeper, as it were, that would be amazing!

    1. Thanks Tom! I am also hoping that when I get around to painting water, oil helps me explore those qualities of water even more. It is a process though and mastering the medium won’t happen overnight! Anyway, as they say, (happily) the journey’s the thing!

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