Wednesday, February 9, 2011
the collection of art supplies I just 'inherited'...there is something quite special about looking through someone's old paints, especially when they are as well-used as this paint box was. Unfortunately, not terribly well kept- much of the paints were hard and the lids were stuck solid. But quite fun to take pictures of! (Check out the key/knife. Pretty cool!)
Now that I've sorted the usable (there was plenty!) from the un-usable I guess I will have to paint in oils for a change. I've been avoiding it for so many years, mostly because of the fumes and drying time. I need more ventilation then I have at home or at the studio for starters, and then, I'll need to think about what I would paint in oils. Oils kind of lend themselves to a more classical subject matter- a landscape, still life or portrait. I think the last time I did any of those was in my 2nd year of Art school, so it would be really interesting to tackle them now. I suppose I'd be quite rusty at the portraiture bit. As I recall, getting skin tones to be accurate was always a challenge.