My First Oil Paintings

After a few years of dabbling with watercolor painting, I took up oils in June of this year.

It’s been an interesting experience, as the two mediums are quite different.

On the other hand, color theory, use of tonal values, etc. is common to both approaches.

The cost is definitely higher, though not as bad as it first appeared. The brushes are generally cheaper, but the paint is more. Since I’ve learned about using mediums, I don’t have to use as much paint, so that’s helpful.

I also bought some larger, bulk sized tubes of the most common colors and that allows me to practice as much as needed.

Regarding watercolor surfaces, I started using good quality paper (Arches pads) early on. It really does make a difference.

Unfortunately, pre-mounted canvas is expensive! I mean, I found the cheap stuff, but after a few months, I’m coming to realize, it’s like paper; quality does matter.

So I’ve got a few months while I go through my existing stock to learn to mount my own from bulk canvas. May have to ask my sister-in-law Karin about that!

To date, my results are a better indicator of my desire and effort than quality paintings, but I’m having fun and wanted to share my favorite early oils!

Worth noting, the “Kansas Wheatfield” painting is almost a perfect copy of the flag of Ukraine!

Whale Tail
Whale Tail
Kansas Wheat Field
Kansas Wheat Field
City at Sunrise
City at Sunrise
Simple Portrait
Simple Portrait
Sunset at the Beach
Sunset at the Beach

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