Saturday, September 25, 2010

As you may have noticed, I haven't had much art to show the internet lately. Yes, I have been busy, but it's mostly because my most recent project has spanned a whopping three months. Yes, my friends, oil paints really try your patience. But! It's finished as of today, and not to be tootin' my own horn, but I think it's pretty awesome for a first oil effort:

I'm pretty in love with oils. I'm not sure how I've considered myself an artist without ever having used them before. Lee made a good analogy: it's like riding a bike with training wheels until you're 18 and then getting a real bike. I definitely just moved up to the big leagues. Painting with oils makes you plan your work much better, because you have to do each layer and then wait 1-3 weeks for it to dry before doing the next one. I used to be of the opinion that if I can't finish it in four hours, I'm not doing it. Oh how wrong I was. I started the background on another one today, so check back around Christmas and check it out! (TOTALLY kidding. Well, kind of. It may not be done until then, but I'll have other things to share in the meantime!)