Right – It is NOT archival and may only last a couple lifetimes if done on paper of decent quality. But – There is nothing exactly like painting in oil directly on paper. The oil does get soaked into the paper and there is a matte quality to the look. What I always enjoy about it is the sense that it is a bridge between painting and drawing. In my workshop at the mid-week point I always have the students do an oil painting on paper, BOLDLY using both palette knife and washes as a timed event. It is often one of the best paintings they make. It grows to its own size on an 18×24 format and then we do a cropping exercise. This painting is then used as a study for a final piece in the workshop. But the real challenge is to paint on canvas as well as they did on paper. Lesson – when we believe we are just doing a throw away study we paint more freely then when we are making a “painting”.
The next workshop “Painting Without Fear” is scheduled for September 24 – 28, 2012
Demonstration Oil 24×36
On Feb 11 I did a demonstration session in the gallery at the Sedona Arts Center. I used a photo taken from when I was painting outdoors (see previous post). I had done the sky the night before with just the palette knife and then demonstrated using the palette knife and brushes to create an interesting “passage” of painting. This painting also uses the same limited palette of colors we use in my workshop. Just three colors plus a black white. I’ll post the finished painting soon.