Friday, November 19, 2010

Oil paint

Last weekend, I raided my little storage area at my parents' house. I collected some items that I'd left there from my college years: my old paint-smudged easel, a roll of canvas, my sad-looking glass palette, and a toolbox full of paint and mediums (to my surprise - still good!). Then I went shopping. I bought supplies to stretch and gesso my own canvas etc...the whole nine yards.The outcome was a bag full of goodies that I had to drag from my car into my house. It's been about a decade since I've painted in oils, but some of the ideas I've been toying with lately just won't translate with my usual gouache paints. (I'm thinking about giving paintings as Christmas gifts! What? Not enough time? Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?) I've yet to start this process, but I have a 4 day weekend off of work coming up next week. No class on Wednesday night (for once) and not many other plans other than Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to getting back into my old groove. I'll post the results - good or bad - and we'll see if I should just continue to stick with gouache or not. (;


  1. It's fun, but a lot of chemicals are involved. Turpintine, linseed oil, and damar varnish to name a few. Not to mention the heavy metals that are in the paints. Rubber gloves and a well-ventilated area are a necessity. If you've got those things covered, you're ready to go! (: