Today the weather was near perfect, a little windy at times but nothing I couldn't handle. I decided to head out to my favorite convenient painting area, the Jordan River Parkway, there's a twist this time though, I took oil paints. It's been nearly two years since I last painted outdoors with oils. I decided it's time to give oils another go. I want to paint outdoors more often and oils have many advantages to acrylics for painting outdoors so it was time to finally return to them.
Bare trees are a challenging subject even with a medium you are familiar with, this isn't my greatest work but it's not a disaster either. Right now this is the kind of subject that the parkway is full of and since spring will be here soon covering everything up with leaves and bushes now is the time to take advantage to do these little studies of tree "anatomy".
I used the same homemade paint box that I used for painting with acrylics, the only difference being the plastic shopping bag used for disposing used up paper towels, oils are messy! I forgot my medium cup which is usually clipped to that little piece of metal on the right side, so I had to just drip some onto the right side of the palette. I used a lot of medium on this one! I tried to use the palette knife more than I'm used to but with mixed results. The palette of colors is the same I use in acrylic, titanium white, yellow ochre pale, cadmium yellow pale, burnt sienna, cadmium red and ultramarine blue, all Winsor Newton colors. The medium I use is M. Graham walnut alkyd and the solvent is Gamsol.
While Gamsol is less noxious than other solvents it's still strong enough I don't like using it indoors, especially during the winter since I can't open a window. One of the things I've been experimenting with is water soluble oils.
Oil, 5" x 7"
I painted this little landscape painting in the studio using Weber /F.Martin Woils. They were a bit stiff but other than that and being able to clean up using water they worked just like regular oils. The smell of the oil paint itself is distinctive and something I'll have to get accustomed to.