Sunday, November 22, 2015

More sea scapes

Minimalist Seascape 4, oil on canvas board, 20 x 15 cm
This subject proved appropriate for trying new media, so I finally opened the box of water-soluble oil paints, which I've had for two years. Good I did, as they were starting to dry in the tubes.
Oils feel quite different. You have to use so much paint and it is hard to layer it without wiping the paint underneath. It is hard to apply the rule of thinner paint over thicker layer, if you want a fluid background. I don't know if I would have the patience to wait for days for the oil to dry before I can do the next stage... Well, that's in general. The little seascape above I did in one layer, with carefully adding the white surf and the seaweeds on the sand with the palette knife.

And the same subject in watercolor - just a simple wet-on-wet wash
Minimalist seascape 3, watercolor wash, 54 x 42 cm

6 comments:

Rita Vaselli said...

Watercolors in action are so fast ...oil painting is more meditative.Acrylic maybe another world... Your seascape always fresh and beautiful, no matter medium.

Judy said...

Looks great, Blaga! Do watersoluble oils take long to dry? I have a box of acrylic paints, never touched it. You may inspire me to overcome my fear of them. :)

AK said...

These sea scapes are just awesome. Great job Blaga.

Jane said...

You are a natural Blaga, even your first oil painting has come out perfect , great sea scape !

Beatriz Abel said...

Los dos trabajos muy bellos

Blaga said...

Thank you, Rita, Judy, Asit, Jane and Beatriz for visiting and leaving your comments, I appreciate it!

Judy, this is my first experience with any oils. From what I've read, they should dry to touch in 3 to 7 days, depending on the pigment. I tried the painting yesterday, 3 days after painting it, and it was still completely wet. I'll see if it will dry by the end of the week. It may be worth looking into a fast-drying medium...