I there is something I swear I never ever even thought of trying, it’s oil painting. I feel like it’s not for me. You need serious drawing skills, an very acute eye for colours, and a lot of patience. Not my thing. But as part of the course at the B.A.I., we had a basic introduction to Oil Painting. Ok, let’s join! That can be fun!
Well, it was, in a way, but probably not for the teacher, Nikolaus, a very nice and talented painted who probably felt like he was waisting his time with a bunch of amateurs. On my side, I was all ‘what the f*** am I doing here’.
The instructions couldn’t have been clearer: just reproduce on the canvas what you can see – try to match the colours, the gradians, the shadows… Don’t try to be creative, just copy. He showed us how to mix colours, how to make the first marks on the canvas, how to thin the paint, and there we go. I chose to work on an interesting crop of a portrait of Sophia Loren. She didn’t seem really confident:
Yeah. It looked more like an old woman than the gorgeous Sophia Loren.
My first attempt to put paint on the canvas went super wrong. Wrong tone, too thick, unsteady lines. Great. Tried to fix it, became even worse. After half an hour I was torn between giving up and asking for a new canvas. And then something weird happened: I took far too much paint, and splashed it onto the canvas. Leaving a very interesting mark.
You know what? As I’m here and as I will never make it work and a 2D reproduction of the picture, let’s have fun… So I decided to carry on with my ‘new’ technique of just putting far too much paint but play with brushstrokes. Has it been successful? Well, actually, I was quite surprised by the result:
So is Oil Painting the way forward?
No. Absolutely not. I went back to photoshop and acrylic straight after the course and was pretty happy with it.
By the way, you remember yesterday’s experiments with Gesso, and my small bits of canvas? Well, it’s not obvious if you don’t know what I’m trying to do but jus trust me, I think it’s getting somewhere…
Let’s see if I can carry on successfully today!