|'Summer Days' 6x8 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis sold|
But what a great time we had and best of all everyone left with a nice painting and excited to do more!
So why was I apprehensive? I am primarily a pastelist. I dabble in oils. I had been asked by several students to teach an oil workshop but I put it off since I didn't feel I knew enough to offer anything of value. But then I had a thought. I had a very challenging introduction to oils. I actually gave up and thought I couldn't do it. But then some things happened and I started having more success.
What if I could share what I learned to help other artists have success with oils and not be intimidated? After all it was all very fresh in my mind. I planned a four hour workshop geared towards pastel artists who wanted to try oils. All but one student had any oil experience. Look at the wonderful paintings they did!
|Paintings done by the class|
We covered a lot of information in the four hours but I will summarize the two principles that guide me when I paint with oils.
- KEEP IT SIMPLE. From working with a limited palette to using a minimum amount of supplies, I try to keep my oil set up simple. Now I have my 5x7 pocket box painting practice will be even easier.
- THINK LIKE A PASTELIST. I find it helps me get out of trouble with an oil painting if I ask myself "What would I do if this was a pastel painting?" I usually then can figure out what to try.
|'Desert Oasis' 5x7 oil demo|
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I will be scheduling another Oil workshop in the Fall so email me if you are interested!
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