I’m continuing to slip and slide down the oil painting rabbit hole, trying to figure out how to make gesso’d panels, whether using a fabric base is a good idea, and a bunch of other stuff. I’m spending way too much time on YouTube trying to learn how to thin oil paint, mix oil paint, etc., etc., etc.
But I’ve also been applying paint, mostly to little avail. Switching from contour drawing to form creation with a heavy, opaque paint requires a shift in mindset that is a struggle, at least for me.
This experiment was to see if I could paint a somewhat complex object, like a squash by defining its shapes without line. I added the knife and cup without expecting to truly paint them and so once I got the squash painted I left this one unfinished. Right now I’m learning more from the beginnings of paintings than from spending hours trying to get details “just right” as I did with my peach painting. So far this is lots of fun and that’s my real goal.