In this workshop I have been taking (Misty Mawn's Face to Face) we have explored many, different art mediums. I have learned so much and have enjoyed it tremendously! In week 5, we explored (among other things) oil paints and I had the opportunity to dig out my oil painting gear and paints. Oh how I loved it too! Some of my paints had dried up in their tubes, but many were still fine to use, especially with the addition of a little linseed oil to what I managed to squeeze out of the tubes.
Here's what I managed to paint from that lesson. She started out this way with a dark background and painting in the medium and lighter areas from there:
After the next session where I started adding in more flesh tones and her hair color, she looked like this:
And the final is here with the color of her dress and lace detail, her hair toned down, and added shading and more subtle flesh tones on her face and an earring:
I re-discovered that with oils, you have to let them dry some in between layers, in order to get more subtle details. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this one though. There were more assignments for this lesson, which I am going back to this week since I hadn't had time to do more that week (due to flu and teeth extractions, etc. Ugh - a difficult week!).
What I learned was that I do LOVE working in oils and having the ability to do more subtle blending of details and shading. It was the first time I had done any portraits in oils, and it is a wonderful medium to use for this!
Thanks for your interest! This painting will be offered soon in my Etsy shop. She needed more time for the paint to dry. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.