|'Sunshine' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
Sometimes I wish for more hours in a day. There is so much yet to discover about art....new materials, new mediums, different subjects. I want to try it all! I am finally making time to explore oils. I tried a few years ago. I enjoyed painting with a brush but found clean up a pain. Since I was teaching pastel classes in my studio I couldn't leave the oils out. As you know....out of sight can lead to out of mind. I didn't follow through with the oils and they sit on a shelf.
But they weren't too far from my mind. A discussion with a friend about Cobra water mixable oils by Royal Talens got me thinking. If I only needed water to clean up it would be easier to manage both the oils and the pastel classes. So I treated myself to a few tubes of paint and the recommended brushes.
Today I had some time to play. I took out a 5x7 panel and squeezed out a limited palette of yellow, red, blue and white and set to work. I decided to paint some sunflowers. From the first brushstroke I was impressed. It felt great. The paint was rich and buttery. I was able to thin it with water to create a wash/block in. I finished with some palette knife petals. Rinsing the brush in water was so easy and it helped me keep the colors fresh.
I enjoyed my painting session and I am anxious to paint some more! I will give a more detailed review of the paints as I spend more time with them. Visit the website for more information: