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Playing with Oil Paints

Art, PaintingKate Marsden

Those of you who've been with me here for a while may recall that last year I went on a drawing and painting course. The aim was to try new things, learn new techniques and boost my confidence and it worked pretty well. It's now been a year since my last class and I've only just got around to trying the thing I'd set myself to try - oils.

Now, it's not that I'd never used oil paints before - I had a very small set when I was a teenager (I think about 14 - it was definitely when I was still at school anyway) and I managed to come up with one painting, which I think my Mum still has somewhere. One of the issues I've always had though is a total lack of patience, so when I tried acrylics instead it was "bye bye oils!' and many years of exclusively using acrylics followed.

On my course last year I did use acrylics, but mostly gouache (which I absolutely love but it is pricey) and even dabbled with watercolours (which I'm still not convinced by). My tutor really wanted me to have a go with oils but I was nervous of the initial outlay for something I just might not get on with.

Fast forward 12 months and Mr M finds the perfect set of painting stuff for a complete bargain on eBay (not only 7 big tubes of oil paint but a really high quality table easel, pads of paper and some brushes - the brushes being the only part that aren't that great). Once they arrived I was itching to get playing and I've finally had a go.

So here is the first layer of my first oil painting for well over 20 years...

And after the second...

I'm planning to keep adding to it and will see how I go. I have 7 tubes of colour but some are doubled up (I only have 5 different colours and no white) so my colour pallete is somewhat limited - I'm just going to play and see what I come up with. If I get on well with it I'll go out and invest in some more, but I'm quite enjoying myself so far.

So watch this space...

You can see last year's posts about my art class here and here.