Friday, May 20, 2016

2016-05-20 Virtual Paintout (May - Maine) - 2nd painting

20 May 2016 - Mud Creek Road, Lamoine, Maine
12" x 16", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
Here's another for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  Going for a more somber vibe.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016-05-19 Virtual Paintout (May 2016 - Maine)

19 May 2016 -  Stockton Springs, Maine
14" x 18", water miscible oil on unstretched canvas
This is for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout.  I ordered a couple more colors of water miscible oil paints,  but in the meantime settled on my current pickin's, which don't seem to mix very well at all.  I was channeling Gabriele Munter a little for this one.

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016-05-16

16 May 2016 - floral abstraction
16" x 12", water miscible oils on hot press cotton paper

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016-05-12

12 May 2016 - based on view of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, Oregon
18" x 24", acrylic on unstretched canvas
I went back to acrylics for this one after my experiment with water miscible oil paints, falling back on the familiar (though thanks very much for the encouragement, Steven :).  It's the same view as the one I did in gouache in April, a couple of posts ago.

Friday, May 6, 2016

2016-05-06

6 May 2016 - based on view of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
14" x 18", water miscible oils on unstretched canvas
I gave water miscible oils a try.

It may be the fault of my very limited palette or my limited technique, but I wasn't impressed with the performance of the paints in terms of pigmentation and mixability.  I tried Holbein Duo Aqua Water-Soluble Oils.  Feel free to weigh in on this truly exciting topic :)

I'm not sure if I'll continue to soldier on with these paints or try another medium... or go back to acrylics.  I've also been curious about casein paints, but of course that means doling out more $$$ to indulge, so we'll see.

I was inspired to try a different paint medium after reading an article in Scientific American about how plastic-based art and artifacts in museums are beginning to show deterioration 40-50 years out, including an acrylic Andy Warhol painting.  Not that I am generating museum-quality art :) but I like to think that I can look at my intact paintings forty years from now rather than wade through a pile of plastic dust.

I also started ruminating over the environmental impact of adding acrylic paint debris into the ecosystem every time I paint.

This riveting drama is to be continued... till the next exciting installment...