Oil Painting – Underwater Calm Lady

Having stretched and prepared a canvas I was ready to give oil paints a second chance.

When I previously tried oil paints I didn’t have a great experience as I didn’t know then about turps, linseed oil, thin and fat.

On this occasion I was fortunate that a local artist guided me through the essentials and I started to paint. I was sceptical that the oil painting experience could eclipse acrylic painting, as I love the bright pigment and neons available in acrylics.

However as I started to paint I enjoyed the feel of the paint on the canvas as the brush passed over it. I enjoyed the line, the texture and how the canvas felt so different than when using acrylic paints.

I was keen to create a painting from a marker (then digital with photo and watercolour elements) piece that I had created of a woman enjoying calm under water. Before painting I drew the lines in charcoal. I did this quickly and in future would spend more time on that stage.

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I am normally keen to create swiftly and achieve the end outcome, but as I painted I enjoyed the action and, similar to my experience with life drawing, I found it a very pure form of art. I could have painted with those materials hundreds of years ago, there’s something magical about that.

So here is the final piece, plus the fun little duck (inspired by Jeff Koons) to place the lady in the bath. I’m pleased with the outcome, can’t wait to start my next oil painting and I learned a lot in the process.

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Learnings

I learned to plan the piece out well beforehand.

To think about the layers of the painting.

To have a clear picture of the face that I want to create, trying to oil paint from my head was tricky.

To think about the proportions of the canvas to ensure they are standard, as this will make it easier to reproduce the artwork if you wish.

Not to paint too close to the edges of the canvas as if reproduced some of the painting will be lost.

Set up the easel in a position with consistent light and in a place that you can get far enough back from it so see it from a distance, as this can reveal things not apparent at close quarters.

Developing the artwork

I took the image digital to test out different elements during the process.

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I used the key elements of the artwork to create a lino cut for printing. I used Picasso‘s reduction technique to add to the effect. Here are some of my favourite prints.

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