|'Winter Delight' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
I have dabbled with oils over the years. I say dabble because I don't take them out enough. In fact I had not touched them in well over a year. I usually turn first to my good friends, pastels. So often I hear people say that oils are better than pastels....that they are held in higher esteem. I decided to commit to becoming a better oil painter not for this reason though. I want a challenge and I want to take my pastel paintings to the next level. Challenging myself to understand and work in another medium will only help my pastels.
|'Winter Delight 2' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis $75|
|I toned the panel magenta for a cooler feeling|
I am on day 4 of my 30 in 30 challenge and I am learning a lot. What I discovered it that I might just like oils just as much as pastels. But for different reasons.
- I love the vibrancy and luminosity of pastels but I LOVE the texture I can get with oils.
- I love seeing brushstrokes in my paintings, something that I can't really do with pastels. Sure we can get the illusion of brushstrokes with a textured support but it isn't the same.
- I love the effortless texture I can get with oil paint. Thick paint either by brush or palette knife can't be duplicated. I have found ways to build up pastel and get some texture but it takes work. You can't just pile on thick piles of pastel as easily.
I want to encourage anyone who has been tempted to try a new medium to jump in and give it a try. Make new friends and watch how it will enrich the relationships you have with your old friends!
Note about today's paintings. I did the pastel first. I knew I wanted to use turquoise in the snow shadows. Easy. Just pick up the right stick. But then when I got to the oils I couldn't get the turquoise color with my limited palette. I had to play around and add a touch of another green to get the color I wanted. I loved the challenge of the discovery....it is perfect for my 'what if' mentality. Oh and I know I could do color charts but for now I just want to play and make discoveries.