Oil Painting – My First One


Hello Friends!

Last week I went to town to run some errands. I haven’t been to town in quite awhile so I decided to pop into Michael’s since they aren’t as crowded these days.

I had been researching oil paints online for a couple of weeks and wanted to see if they had either of the sets I had been looking at. They did, and I opted for the Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colors. It came with several small tubes of some basic colors and a larger tube of white. However, there was no black in it which is one of the colors someone suggested I  get as a beginner. The set also came with two brushes and a bottle of a substance that can thin the paints out some.

Well, artists are not kidding when they say oil paints take a long time to dry! I painted this face from my imagination on Thursday. It is a small 8×8″ canvas. I didn’t use the thinner, but I also didn’t lay the paint on thickly. Yet it still isn’t dry. I suppose that can be a good thing if I were to want to change or fix anything.

I honestly did not like the feel of these paints. However, I know that this set I purchased is also a low-grade oil paint. I would hope the more expensive brands are much better. I watched a short YouTube video of an artist who explained what brands are best and why. The lower-grade paints have less pigment, less oil and more filler than the highest-grade paints which are made up of only oil and pigment, about half and half!

One positive thing is that the paints themselves are not fumey like I expected them to be. I learned that it is the solvents and other things artists mix with them that produce the fumes. I bought a mineral oil to clean the brushes, but I found that even soap and water works for these paints.

Anyway, I will most likely play around with them on some textured paper i have instead of using up my canvases. In fact, I may paint over this one, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! 😀



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When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on September 6, 2020, in Art Talk and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. It is such a pity that better quality paints are so expensive. When we are beginners we need to be encouraged to keep going and work to improve our technique and if the paints give poor results we are less likely to enjoy the process and try again.

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  2. They don’t sound very oily if soap and water works on the brushes. I loved working with oils. I had linseed oil and turpentine and that’s all I used for working with them. But this was a long time ago and I was only a beginner. Also I wouldn’t worry about not having black. It’s not a colour you’ll use much at all and I think you can easily do without it. Even dark shadows have “some” colour. You mentioned it takes a long time to dry. That’s the beauty of working with oils. You can change your mind for quite a while before they are too dry to do anything with. I love the way the colours change when you mix them. I seem to remember a piece of advice I read, about not mixing the colours too much or they’ll turn to mud. But a quick dab and mix gives such a beautiful range of colours, depending how much or each colour you add. It is really fun. In that way, I found acrylics less versatile, although they are much easier to work with (being water soluble).

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