my oil painting palette!
I have been enjoying painting in oils for several
years now, after ignoring the medium quite successfully for much
of my developing career. I think my hesitance was due to my first
experiences in high school and making a total mess of the medium
- nothing I did ever turned out right in oil paint, though I could
always get the results I wanted with water-colours or by drawing.
More recently I think I've developed the patience and maturity
necessary to be satisfied with the results. They tend to have
rougher edges and be a little looser in style than my acrylic
work. I love the finishes possible and the natural ingredients
of traditional oil paints but I also enjoy working with the less
toxic Alkyd Oils which are available now. Where possible I use
traditional hand mixed gesso but for some smaller standard sized
pieces I use ready prepared canvasses.