Lately I’ve been thinking about the upcoming fall semester and what classes I’m taking since it starts in a little less than a month. For next semester I’m registered to take a Painting II class since it’s part of the illustration curriculum. The last time I took a painting class was during my freshman year back in Spring 2015 and I haven’t used my oil paints since. I figured now was a good time to get a feel for oil paint again and try it since I haven’t used it in so long.
At my house there were some fruits and vegetables sitting around, so I set up a small still life in the dining room and decided to paint there. I sat at the table and painted for about an hour and a half. In the past when I used oil paint I know I struggled a little bit and my paintings turned out to be kind of flat. I used to blend the colors together a lot and I didn’t really experiment with texture which is probably why my paintings turned out that way. This time when I was painting the fruits and veggies I tried to take a different approach and let some of my brush strokes show. I also moved the brush and painted in different directions to try to create more volume. Painting with oils is definitely a little bit out of my comfort zone since I’m more used to painting with acrylics, but I like how this painting turned out.