Friday, November 7, 2008

Oil is to Acrylic as Snowboarding is to Skiing

I have been painting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So far everything I've done I'm chalking up to a learning experience. It's so hard to stay motivated when you feel like you suck. I finished the painting of the river bend and totally messed it up when I applied the color. I did learn a lot. ( I'm guessing you can't use stand oil and Liquin in the same painting. Is that true?) I tried doing the river bend painting again this time without the underpainting. I ended up scraping most of it down and turning it into a bad abstract. Next I tried painting en plein air. My drawing was off, but I went with it. I did learn something about transparent and opaque paint in that one. I guess I'm also learning that I have to try all these things and see for myself what does and doesn't work to believe it. Along the way, I was thinking that painting in oil is a lot like snowboarding. Why bother snowboarding when I already know how to ski? 

4 comments:

hollyfriesen@gmail.com said...

Hey Pamela, so happy to see you are painting!!! Do you have an email address other than this blog where I could reach you? My new email is hollyfriesen@gmail.com

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

where'd you go? That river painting was a very good beginning. You don't suck ;)

SamArtDog said...

Yeah, you do not suck! That under-painting is quite good. If you're still out there lurking, please come out come out wherever you are. You think YOU'RE lost? You are not alone; check out my blog. I also "took a sabbatical" for 6 months, but like a bad penny, I'm back. I've seen your blog (great name!) on some good lists, so I know good people are waiting for you. If I can do this, so can you. Really! Bloggers are kind and generous, so give us a chance. I promise it'll convince you that you're worth it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sam,
What a wonderful surprise to find a comment on my blog!! Your words meant way too much to me. I am slowly rising out of the ashes and setting up a place to paint again for the billionth time. Hope to post soon. Thank you Thank you Thank you for your kind words. My birthday is on Sunday...what a nice present.
Pam