It’s been years since I’ve given oil paints a try and, even back then, I didn’t use them long enough to grow comfortable with them. But recently, I felt inspired to break them out and just paint something small. No pressure, just experimentation. I really loved the feel of painting on paper.
5.5 years ago, I bought the book Daily Painting by Carol Marine. I was, and still am, a big fan of her loose, painterly style. I had read through the book and soaked up her nuggets of wisdom, but never took action. I think I needed more time to work on the fundamentals of using color (which led me down the digital art path). But, I never forgot the premise of painting small, and often, to help grow your painting skills.
Last week I went through my supply stash and found sheets of canvas pad just waiting to be used, and linseed oil and paint thinner, too. So, I cut tiny, 4″ x 4″ canvases from the pad and started painting. Well, I read through Carol’s book again and watched a few painting tutorials, too!
I’ll reserve judgement on my first tiny painting, except to say that I can tell it’s my first one. I need to gain control over the paint in more ways than one. But, I was pleased enough with my effort to move on to the next one.
Painting small really is freeing. 👍