I've been feeling a little restless with the start of the new year. I have been tirelessly working on portraits with determination to master them, but I really needed a little break because I've also pretty much run out of interesting photo references after scouring thousands of photos in my iPhoto folders. The conversations go like this: "Would you please send me photos of people in interesting poses with high contrast and no teeth showing? " .......somewhat limiting.
In the months ahead, I have scheduled two weekend workshops from two of my favorite artists, both of whom teach and paint in oil. Although I love the many benefits of acrylics, I would like to experiment with oil paints. I have dabbled in the past, painting seascapes, but nothing like this subject matter. For this painting, I used water soluble oil paints, which behave like oil paints (I think) but there are no smelly chemicals involved, and best of all, they clean up with soap and water. I really enjoyed the experience and plan to continue pursuing this medium.
"770 A Bird's Eye View"
oil - 16x20 in