Temptations: Oil on 9″ x 12″ on Arches Paper

I have not posted in a while as I have been super busy with homeschooling and family life. Life today is a bit hectic, as we all know. I hope everyone is safe and sound despite all of the craziness! Those of my friends not in the United States probably understand the craziness happening in this part of the world!

All in all, I feel blessed to be alive and healthy. I managed to continue forward with two shows this year–One group show in August, for the Vision for Art in Jacksonville, Florida and a solo show at the JEA gallery in Savannah, Georgia in November.

I recently have been playing around with painting on oil paper. This was painted on Arches Oil Paper, which is really one of the best oil papers I have used. It did not bend or buckle as some other papers do. It also frames well using matting or panel. The paper is really thick and no priming is required. I did add a layer of Gesso and taped to a panel to keep it from buckling.

Has any one else painted on oil paper, or has experience with painting on surfaces other than the traditional canvas?

Thanks to those who have taken the time to read my posts! I hope you stay safe!

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Marshes: Oil on 12″ x 14″ Canvas

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I am starting to enjoy the use of acrylic paint for the under-painting. It allows me to work farther into a painting in one session and allows the painting to maintain a certain vibrancy that is hard to achieve with oil paints alone. I make go back on the left side to add more detail. I have learned that there are infinite ways to paint clouds and water. The key is to add many colors and work them towards one another.

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With Lemons: Oil on 12″ x 16″ Panel

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I love working on highly textured surfaces. Lots of scraping and laying on of thick paint involved. I enjoy creating a mural-like scene. I guess a part of me thinks back to my upbringing in Bronx, New York. Since I was a child, I was always interested in murals and the textures around me–bricks, cement, and walls. I loved watching the way old buildings decayed to reveal interesting colors and patterns beneath the surface.

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