Oil Painting seems to carry with it a preconceived notion that it is "stuffy" - like a court room full of men wearing robes (aka dresses) and wigs and handing down serious decisions. One simply cannot paint in oils unless one has years of serious art-making experience under their 2XL belt, you know.
Which is part of the reason that I have decided to do "An Oil a Day". Tentatively for a year, although really just for as long as I need to. Maybe a fortnight. Maybe a decade. Possibly for a life time. Everything has it's own time.
Because I love oils, but I lack the 2XL belt.
They've been masquerading as up themselves all these years, but lets be serious: Anything that messy has to have at least a grain of fun in them.
Plus I want to get better at it, and there doesn't seem to be a better way to do that. I'm going with the mantra of the 5-Ps (practise prevents piss poor performance).
But why oils, besides the fact that I love them?
When I googled "An Oil a Day" an awful lot of multi-national corporations came up - powering the world (pah!).
I quite like the symmetry of painting vs petrol. Something we should do more of compared with something we should use a lot less.
And motivation. A challenge to motivate me to paintpaintpaint on a regular basis. Starting today.
And here it is - my first "Oil a Day", done on the 6th July 2014. The only way is up.
And since it's now the 7th July, (and the next theme for the 52-Week Illustration Challenge is "feather") here is today's Oil A Day; a female Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo feather.
Now, since I'm semi-allergic to blogging, I've decided to post my Oil A Day on Figments & Glimpses Facebook page every day, and once a week upload the images to the blog. If you'd like to see them as they happen, click here. Who couldn't use a bit more art in their day?
I'm pretty excited about this, and I can't wait to see what unfolds.
Thanks for joining the adventure . . .