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September 2009

My first oil painting

by Henk ter Heide on Monday September 21, 2009

in painting

A few weeks ago I wrote that I had reached the end of what I could creatively do with color pencils and that I had decided I would try my hand at painting.
I was planning to try to paint with acrylic paint but the guy in the art surplies shop advised me to try oil paint.
According to him with oil paint you have more time to think about your painting while you’re painting it and you have time to correct any mistakes. Both are because the drying time is much longer then with acrylic.

Oddly enough, because of the long drying time, it also has a very strange down side. You have to paint several paintings at ones.
That is you can put several layers of paint on top of each other. With which you can produce very interesting pictures. But before you can put the next layer down you have to wait until the last is dry. Which can take a few days.
You don’t want to spent iternity waiting until you can paint the next layer. So in stead you paint several paintings at one.

I’ve just started my third painting while I still waiting to finish my second painting.

The other problem, of course, is that I can’t put a painting in my scanner. From now on I have to photograph my paintings.
So I’ve bought a little tripod and tried my own digital camera to take the picture. But obvious both need replacing.

The painting is kind of an accident. I wanted to paint the battle between yellows, reds and browns. Which is what I did.
Later when I started reading about oil painting I found that the first oil painting people make usually contains a lot of brown because people mix to many colors.
So I feel kind of saved by the bell 🙂

Color fight
Color fight


Last drawing

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday September 6, 2009

in Drawing

When I started drawing, almost 3 years ago, I chose for pencil mainly to avoid the mess.
With paint you spend a lot of time preparing your canvas and when you finish it takes a lot of time to clean your brushes. And of course if you don’t you can’t use it the next time.
I didn’t want to go through all that kind of hassle every time I wanted to draw something.

This was not because of laziness but because living with undiagnosed autism takes a lot out of you.
But over the last few years I’ve learned to deal with autism.
I no longer feel exhausted from dealing with problems I don’t understand. Life has become that much easier that I feel ready for new challenges.

Doing this drawing I realized that that I’ve come to the end of what I can artistically do with pencils. I just don’t have enough control over my colors to do the things I want to do.

So next Friday I’m going to buy my painting kit.
I feel like a child the evening before Christmas. A lot of exiting things are going to happen. I can hardly wait.

Last drawing
Last drawing