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Painting with a childs play toy

by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday June 29, 2010

in painting

A few months ago I decided that I had reach the end of what I could do with color pencils and that I should try to paint.
The owner of the local art supply shop advised me to paint with oil paints, and since I’ve known this man for years I trusted him.

I didn’t like oil paint.
Not only is it far to complicated with it’s mixing of oil and turpentine. But with it’s drying time of two day it takes for ever to paint a picture.
Thinking that maybe painting just wasn’t my thing I gave it up all together.

But blood is thicker then water.
Lately I have been feeling that I should try if I like painting with watercolors.
But I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I might not like. So I bought a little child painting set in a toy shop.

This picture isn’t supposed to depict anything. It’s just me playing with different colors.
And loving it.



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