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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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Happy Little Trees and The Joy of Painting

Wednesday night I opened a (belated) birthday present from my beautiful wife. It was not her fault it was over a month late. Hobby Lobby had shipped the wrong item, and then gave her the run-around trying to get the correct item. The box arrived last week… and my wife’s mom and pop were in town for nearly a week. After her parents left town I opened the present. This time, the present was what my wife had ordered… and something I have wanted for a long time: A French Painting Easel.

french painting easel, oil paint tools,
This French Painting Easel was a birthday gift from my beautiful wife 🙂

Now I can finally re-engage my dream of oil painting, heavily influenced by Bob Ross. I grew up watching his show… and I remember him saying “Happy Little Tree…” or “Happy Little Clouds” while he painted amazing landscapes in what seemed like only minutes.

Searching for Bob Ross and the Joy of Painting, http://www.ishism.comI have been telling myself for the last couple years that I was going to get back into oil painting. Well… now I have the books, and I have the easel. So this weekend I am going to the Material Exchange Commission for Community Arts (MECCA) to get some supplies. MECCA sells all kinds of used arts and crafts materials. Whatever I am unable to find there, I will purchase at a a different store new. Then next week, during one of my breaks from foster parenting and graduate school studies… I will begin oil painting.

Getting back into oil painting has been on my bucket list for a long time. Now I am a big step closer. I hope whatever dreams your bucket list holds, you are able to make them happen.