Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Oil Paint. Windsor and Newton. Grumbacher. Linseed Oil. Can you smell the terp?

It's been years since I've painted anything with oils. The last time I touched them was when I lived in Missouri and my mom, her friends Carolyn and Karen, and I would gather at Mom's house every Tuesday night for paint night. The last project I worked on still lies, unfinished in a closet somewhere. It's a painting of a photo of Heather dancing with my nephew Brandon when they were about 3 years old. I always thought I'd give it to Dad when I finished it. Yes, it's been that many years since I picked it up. Dad's been gone since March, 1999.

The latest painting project I've been commissioned to do, I decided I'd do in oils. I didn't realize until tonight when I began how much I've missed it.

Friday night while Heather was with her church youth group, Marty and I decided to go out. He asked me what I wanted to do, and I said "let's go to Hobby Lobby." Some date night, huh? I knew what I needed and promised him I wouldn't detour anywhere else in the store. I headed straight for the oil paints and supplies. Although I had some I knew I didn't have near enough for a project this big. This project spans 3 24"x48" canvases! I've never taken on an oil painting project of this size before. On the other hand, this project is much smaller than the wall murals I've done in the past.

Even if no one else "gets it," I know my friend Dar totally understands the excitement of unwrapping a new canvas.

tools of the trade

Although you can't see them, the pencil lines are drawn in and the canvases are ready for paint.

It doesn't look like I've gotten far, but it feels good to have begun!


E said...

That would be COMPLETELY and totally overwhelming to me!!! AHHH! Best of luck!

Jackie said...

I can't wait to see what your going to do. It's a big project. The only painting I've ever done was paint-by-number as a kid, only thing is I always mixed the colors to get the shade I wanted, lol. I've wanted to try real painting but I'm afraid of it looking like something a 5 year old would do.


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