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My First Time Oil Painting in OVER 20 Years

Below is a french painting easel.

french painting easel, oil paint tools,
This French Painting Easel was a birthday gift from my beautiful wife 🙂
Oil Paint is like playing with really expensive playdough
Oil Paint is like playing with really expensive play dough on a wooden palette
Don't store your paint brushes down in a jar of water
Don’t store your paint brushes down in a jar of water … I was actually cleaning them here, but I need to figure out a better way to do it

Getting back into oil painting has been on my bucket list for a long time. And today… I finally re-engaged with my inner van Gogh. This was a 6″ x 6″ canvas board for me to practice with and begin the road back to where I once was as an oil painter. It was frustrating, and fun… and it looks like I have a few months at least to return to my former glory days. But this was great for a first attempt after twenty years!!

Did I murder a smurf? What's up with all the blue paint on my hand??
Did I murder a smurf? What’s up with all the blue oil paint on my hand??
6" x 6" canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)
6″ x 6″ canvas board, wet on wet (alla prima)
blobs of oil paint on the canvas... painting fail, abort mission, abort abort
Blobs of oil paint on the canvas… total painting fail!! Captain, abort mission!! Abort abort!!
Oil painting mountains
Oil painting mountains, check. Hmmm… but what could fix this? Maybe a happy little tree??
Okay... looking better, oil painting adventures with mountains and trees
Okay… looking better
Mountains, 6" x 6" canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)
Mountains, 6″ x 6″ canvas, wet on wet (alla prima)

So, this was my return to oil painting. It has been on my bucket list for over a year to get back into painting, and today I finally returned. A year from now I hope to be doing bigger and better things. But after a twenty year hiatus I am happy with this work.

Have a wonderful day 🙂


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