I have been following a set of posts on Will Kemps Art school blog and having a go at my first oil painting, to be honest it’s my second but I abandoned my first as I really did not know how to approach using oil paints.
So painting over the first and following the structured approach I feel I have some sort of foundation to continue.
I have one snag not sure if it’s because I painted over my first painting or I just added too much oil to my mix I seem to have a wet ear, I am hoping time will sort this out.
Still I am pleased with my efforts and inspired to try again..
Lesson 2 of Will Kemps painting a black and white portrait in oils and I am re-establishing the shadows and adding the highlights, this according to Will is all about seeing and appreciating the shapes and form in the subject without getting into the detail, I must admit I do feel ready to move onto lesson 3 but as I am learning, with oils you have to wait.
Another tip I picked up is to make a sketch of your painting again thinking about the tones and shapes so I have done that, after getting a few things really wrong it’s something I will better understand in my painting hopefully getting them right.
Bought a selection of Winsor and Newton Artisan water based oils, I bought the same colour pallet as I have been using with acrylics as this seemed a good starting point.
After having a go and getting into a oily mess I have decided that I need to take a different approach.
I need some teaching so off to good old Will Kemps blog to see what the man has to say.
He has a 6 part how to paint a black and white portrait in oils lesson, reading it through I am now having a go at one of my musical heroes the late David Bowie
The lesson only used three colours, but keeping it simple might be a good approach with this new medium.