about a medium: oils

When I returned to painting, I picked up pastels as my medium of choice. I loved it’s immediacy and liveliness. Looking back now, I think it was the best medium to get back into the practice, but every once in a while there comes a time of a change.

Six months ago I started to explore oil paints. It is a very different way of communicating with the pigments. Instead of layering pigments one over another as in working with pastels, oil paints mix with one another and create a completely new hues. Moreover the pigments keep changing as they sit on the canvas and dry. It is fascinating to explore the infinitesimal possibilities of paint combinations and how the eye perceives the message through the different media.

I am exploring the figurative painting right now. Even though for me it is not about the human form but about its’ presence, stature. Specifically the females, and how they face the world.

 

A short video on how the oil paints are produce. It is great to see the passion of this paint maker doing it all from start to finish by himself.

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