Monday, November 2, 2009
I seem to be in "experiment mode" these days. Is this a settling-in-to-winter thing? When I saw a beginner's set of water-soluble oils at the art store today, I just couldn't resist. My grandmother used to paint in oils, and I love the way they look, but the process always seemed too complicated to me--all those thinners and varnishes and extenders and things.
Nowadays, they make water-soluble oil paints. They feel, look and even smell exactly the same as regular oils, but you use water instead of turpentine to thin them and clean them up. After the paint dries, it's just as permanent and waterproof as regular oils. Or so "they" say.
I have no idea what I'm doing, but I do know one thing--it's FUN. I love the way you can paint over your mistakes. You can't do that with watercolours!