Once you’ve learned to ride a bike, you never forget. But no one said getting back on one after years was as easy as if you’d ridden yesterday. This is just an analogy, though. I love riding my bike! :o)
Recently, I have had the opportunity to sell my artwork on consignment at a gift shop in Eupora called The Lazy Lizard owned by a woman I went to high school with. I gave her some of my old oil paintings and some of my newer acrylic paintings. But I have been itching to get back to oil painting, so this was a good push for me to do just that.
I first began oil painting around 2004. A man at a crafts store in Starkville gave me lessons whenever I wanted them and whenever I showed up on Saturdays. Over the course of perhaps a year, I painted probably 12-15 oil paintings with him and on my own. Not that many, but I definitely had a talent for picking up the techniques pretty quickly. Well, I started teaching and stopped going. I painted a few more oil paintings and got busy with life and stopped painting all together. In the past two years, I’ve picked up acrylic painting and done a few of those here and there. I don’t really enjoy acrylic painting, though. I find that I don’t have the patience for this layer to dry before putting on the next layer and the next. Also, acrylic doesn’t blend easily like oil does. I can just create so many more cool effects with oil. So for the past few years, I’ve been wanting to get back into it.
When I found out that I had an outlet to sell my artwork, I pushed away my fears that I’d “lost it” (my gift, that is, not my mind!). I painted this painting a few weeks ago, the first one I’ve done since getting back to it. Pretty decent for not doing any for about 5 years.
Tonight, I did my second painting since I’ve begun oil painting again. Thought I would post the process to show you how it looks as the process goes along.
Sorry that the quality of the photos isn’t great. My camera doesn’t take great pics and takes even worse ones if I turn the flash off. The last one is a close up of the wave itself. It isn’t perfect, but I’m never 100% happy with my paintings *lol* Oh well. That’s just my personality, I guess. I am still very happy with how it turned out today. I think I am back to a good start.