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My newest painting - my first attempt at painting a dragon in an oils landscape. Better pic will probably be put up once the paint is dry enough not to cause horrible sparkles when photographed.

Date: 2007-02-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hardcore-pixee.livejournal.com
Great painting, I like the way you did the background. I've never used oils, but keep pondering giving them a go. They do seem complicated unlike acrylics.

Date: 2007-02-02 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megabitch.livejournal.com
Thanks. I spent a couple of days going back and forth on the dragon and last night blended and blocked the entire shape out again in the darkest purple I could make and started again.

Seriously, oils are a lot easier and more forgiving than acrylics or watercolours - at least IME. Make a mistake in watercolours? In most cases it's tear it up and start again. A mistake in acrylics? Well, if you're lucky you might be able to go over the mistake and hide it, maybe. Mistake in oils? Grab the palette knife and scrape it off or, if you use wet-on-wet techniques the way I do, blend the paints out with a fan brush and blend in the right colours. I started out referring to Bob Ross books and videos and built on that with other reading and experimenting - I love using wet-on-wet painting, it usually means I can finish a painting in a day (unlike this latest, but I think that's because I was too scared to go "right, dragon, that's it, done!" and finish it).

I can do simple landscapes in watercolours. I tend to use acrylics for abstracts that need "harder edges". But pretty much everything else is in oils. I'm starting to teach myself to do pet portraits on paper/canvas (I can do them using glass paints on glass or ceramics) - that's likely to work best in oils as I'm finding that I do need to be blending the colours as I work.

Perhaps it comes down to what you learned first - and, perhaps more importantly, what you first found "successful" :)

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