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Light at the Summit

Tom0779 21 Apr 2020

My first oil painting in my life. I have chosen this one because it seemed to be a good start option for me. Also it was the first time ever I worked with an easel which was total challenging for me. Usually I lean my arm on the table which allows a secure handle of the knife and the liner brush. Here this was a huge problem. Thus I covered most of the limbs up. I need to practice this a lot. What is really gorgeous about this oil technique is blending colors. The liquid clear is amazing. This was the biggest problem with acrylics. I will definitely continue with oils. Anyone has some experience with drying time?



Tom, congratulations on your first oil painting!
Very well done!

Drying time: dry to touch 1 week. But I give extra time.
I normally dry them 3 months before varnishing with glossy spray varnish.

You can continue painting on the table without the easel. For me this is the way for 6 months already. Meaning I have to be creative to assess my progress. With easel it is easier to step away to see it better.

Drying time depends on the thickness of oil paint. If you do impasto be ready to dry it even longer.
I dry 3 months as I dry in warm place and paint layer is quite thin. However it is recommended to dry for 1 year before varnishing.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks a lot for all the hints Sunnylady. Sorry for the bad photo. I think I will have to practice a lot with the oils, smaller formats I might paint on a table. I didn’t think that this would turn out to a problem, maybe some practice will improve the work on the easel 😀

Most important make sure you paint in the well ventilated area. Solvents can cause dizziness.
For brush washing check youtube

You may want to apply some of it.

Also now it is time to cut old tshirts into rugs to decrease amount of paper waste generated. :)

I am very happy for you and your new adventure!

You will be surprised by amount of space this needs. I am thinking to switch to the rolled canvas and stick them to the carton while I paint and dry. Then remove for storage in a roll. Also there is special oil painting paper available ( I cannot advise on it unfortunately) to keep things compact.

Looking forward your next painting with oil paints! Your first one is very good! Please go on!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thank you Sunnylady! I thought about the space it needs and I hope to be able to donate some to family and friends. 😂 I will also continue with acrylics anyway.

I am sure they will be happy!

First of all, let me congratulate you on the first oil painting. It was a wise choice that you chose this work. The most important point for you to challenge this technique from now on is to practice snowy mountains with a knife. This is the best way to understand how to use a knife. Next, evergreen tree practice Bob did this using various brushes, but a fan brush is enough, and practice of bushes There are various brushes to choose from, but first, a 1-inch brush is best
Most of Bob's paintings are this combination. After that, the only thing left is cabins and barns , but you're an expert on this, so it's okay. I'm looking forward to the next work, as this work is wonderful.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

I will second all info from Sunnylady concerning timings, quite a lot will indeed depend on thickness of paint. Patience is golden here!!
Your first oil painting is a shot in the rose Tom. Glad you joined this happy club of oil wizzards! Looking very much forward to your future endeavourments in oil! :)

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Jin7 for the hints. For me the current challenge is to keep my hand calm when working with the easel, especially using the knife and the liner brush :) I think in this technique the cabins/bars will be also more a challenge. But lets see how it works when I try my first.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Voy Kay, its a totally different experience, especially painting skies works so well with that technique. It was definitely worth to start with oils.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

An other question: Did anyone try to paint oval (or other) shapes? Bob always talks about using contact paper. I don´t know what this exactly is (maybe if I get to know the german word it´s clear). Maybe someone can help me here?

Many people, such as bob, use a large piece of paper with a contact surface on one side, and first cut it to fit the canvas and then cut out an ellipse. If you can't get this, cut an old newspaper into a canvas size, then cut out an elliptical shape, etc., and attach double-sided tape to the newspaper at about 6 places. After you finish drawing, you can peel it off.
It may be better to have a little more double-sided tape.

The contact paper is a stack of two sheets of paper with glue between them, cut out an oval shape, and then peel off one sheet of paper and attach the remaining thick paper to the canvas.
You can make an oval shape to use a computer.
Using Microsoft Word can help it easily.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Dear Tom, I use adhesive (Selbstklebend) paper, the kind that you can buy in a job-shop/hobby-shop on a roll, mostly that wil be 50cm wide and a few meters long. It is normally used as kind of protection paper in cabinets, drawers, etc.... It sticks on one side, the other side is somewhat plastified. You can cut (cutter, scissors) any shapes in it that you desire and stick it on the canvas. PRESS hard and make sure the canvas is clean!! IF it does not stick enough, use some paper glue to stick it on the canvas. Afterwards, you can scrape the glue off and paint it over with white gesso if necessary.
Have a look at my painting 'A warm winter' to see the result of such action. Oh yes, some bleeding near the edges can appear, it is not abnormal. Again, there you can use white gesso, or even T-white to cover that up somewhat.

Good luck with that!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Jin7 and Voy Kay for the valuable input. I think now I understood what´s exactly needed. I think about creating an oval (or similar) shape in one of my next paintings.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Looking forward to that Tom!

Mgiese84 Cleanest Technique In The Game

I actually paint sitting on the floor like a street artist. I throw a giant painters drop cloth on the floor and set my canvas right on top. I feel it let's me have better control when I can move in any direction to get just the right spot.

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