Today, out of sheer laziness and personal comfort, I chose to paint in acrylic. I blame laziness because I didn't feel like cleaning up the mess of oil paints. I mention comfort because I didn't feel like breathing the stink of oil paints their related and solvents. My studio is in my house and is poorly ventilated [aka, not at all ventilated] so the stink is strong.
I *think* I know what John is going to say about the composition of this one so I will say it myself first. The power strip should be lower on the canvas. Also - the parts of the power strip are drawn at a conflicting angles and thus looks just plain WRONG.
Though the absence of stink was nice and the ease of water-based clean-up was pleasurable, I hated painting with acrylics. I work wet-on-wet with oils and the acrylic paint dries way to quickly to achieve the mixing I enjoy with oils. I also found the acrylic far more opaque than the oil, making it difficult to layer washes of thin color that allow the wood grain to come through.
So, tomorrow I will be back at it with the stinky, dirty oil paints. Perhaps I will open a window, or better yet, take this show on the road to save my lungs a bit...
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
Other "one a day" painting blogs to check out:
Kellie Marian Hill
The usual Subjects