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.
Ever since I started this painting lark, I have been looking for sites on the internet that give good advice, I have found many sites but Will Kemp art school is just brilliant great writing humour and so much info you cannot fail getting started on the right foot.
So if like me you are just starting out get over to Will Kemp Art school
A big thanks to Will for providing this resource.