By the Water, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
oil on board, 8"x8"
I'm really enjoying using the oil paints, and have decided to use them on some smaller Everglades paintings until I am more comfortable with them. It's quite a change from the acrylics, so I have to adjust to the new medium.
One thing that is very different is that with acrylics I cutting in to form a lot of my large masses, and then build them up again, sometimes doing quite a few layers to get just the look I want. This method is impossible with the oil paints. I'm trying to learn to mix a color and put a stroke down and leave it, not to mush it around too much. I like the colors from the layers below peaking through, and it's too easy to cover a nice bit of color if I'm not careful.
Sometime, such as the grasses in By the Water, I've used a Kemper wipe out tool to draw with, helping me find objects in the painting and to define them. It cuts right through the paint to the layer below, adding texture, and a bit of linear form. I'm also using it to sign my oil works, right into the wet paint!