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Oil Painting Experiment

December 7, 2013

One of the many things on my back burner is experimenting with oil paints. Last year two years ago I took a course with Atelier de Brésoles, a while before that I did a workshop with Jeremy Lipking – it’s funny, the kind of work I *think* I want to do isn’t much like the work I *actually* do. Not that I’d mind if I could do that smooth surface work. I’ll just have to admire it from the other side of the ADD spectrum.


This is a 14″ square panel, painting impasto, at least half knife work. (Here’s some plein air studies from California (2009) where I had a bit of a break-through concerning the palette knife).

This recent bout started with USK:MTL sketcher Shari Blaukopf and I talking about Roos Schuring – a Dutch painter – master of greys, and hard core four season plein air painter.

Ms. Schuring was sufficient inspiration for us to do a little painting party this afternoon. This is Shari’s painting, which, by the way, is her first oil painting ever. Off to a good start eh? We’re going to do this at least a few more times during the holiday break. Wish us luck!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    These are wonderful. I like the green sign and the green truck. These two points of green just pull your eye through the painting. With the red car behind the green truck and the red sign just to the right and above the green sign adds some lovely complementary contrast for the pulling effect. Wonderful work.

  2. December 8, 2013 8:20 AM

    About the bikes, I’ve also tryed to do my own, but with India ink : Happy to see yours.

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    December 8, 2013 9:35 AM

    Reminds me of some of the work of Ashcan school – Sloan and Bellows.

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    December 8, 2013 9:41 AM

    Michael is right, it’s the little touch of colours in the sea of greys that makes my eyes move around that painting. As someone living in the area, I had an emotional response to the “bikes in the snow” painting :) (snow in montreal is rarely, if ever, smooth?)

  5. December 9, 2013 9:44 AM

    Cool stuff- Nice to see yet another side of your artistic personality!

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