I found my brushes! I found my brushes!! I found my brushes!!!
I found my French easel hidden away in storage too!
And my Van Gogh-wannabe hat.
(Don't call the police, that's a mannequin leg.)
I also came across my big ol' honkin' oil paint case.
I used to lug that thing all over the place.
When I opened it up, the wonderful smell of the oil paints hit me in the face.
It was awesome!
I'd wrapped the brushes in plastic baggies, in case any little bugs decided to move into the storage area. I hear they're quite fond of nibbling on the bristles.
Many years ago, I took a three-day workshop with the very talented artist, Ted Goerschner, in Los Olivos, CA. Another student did this 8" x 10" painting of me. Proof that I actually did plein-air painting... for at least three days anyway. I realized that painting outdoors is not my thing. (I love this painting! Thank you Dorie!)
I've put the Van Gogh-wannabe hat on my mannequin for now. She looks better in it anyway.
So, I started a painting in acrylics, but I whined about missing my oil paints. I had to switch, because I'm now sensitive to the solvents used with oils. Then my artist friend, Linda Walker, and my blogger friend, Lou Ceel, told me about "water-soluble oil paints". Be still my heart!!
I had to have 'em!
Like I do with all my painting mediums, I made a color wheel. It turns out that these paints feel like the oils I remembered and loved! Smooth as cake frosting to mix. I have to admit, I miss the smell though.
Cleaning the brushes in water... I did notice that the water needed to be changed much more often than when using Turpentine. So, I get a little exercise too. It's a win-win situation.
I still have some colors to add, but here it is. My water-soluble oil paint color wheel.
I've always loved Vincent Van Gogh, but even more so lately. I'm watching his movies, reading his books and drooling over his paintings all over again. He gives me such inspiration! What a talent!!
Yet such a tortured soul.
This is the painting I began in acrylics. I plan to finish it with these oils. It's nice that I can paint over acrylics with oils. It can't be the other way around... no acrylics on top of oils.
"Fat over lean" is the artsy term. (Sounds like my body, when I pig-out on sweets.)
Wish me luck, guys!
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Signing off for now,