Forgotten Nuances in Oil Painting

After a couple hours of painting today I realized that I’ve forgotten all kinds of nuances in oil painting. Luckily the intricacies of working oil is coming back quickly.

I didn’t have to setup my materials this time so I was able to get right to painting after work. The first thing that was giving me trouble was the way the oil paint would lift off the canvas when I didn’t want it to. I really had to work hard to achieve a very light touch.

I remember this being a problem before but multiple layers of paint seemed to fix it with my previous painting. Something about a day old layer of paint would help keep every stroke in place when I’m working over it.

The next issue was all about the tiny pressures needed in controlling a stick with hair on the end. I pulled out over 10 brushes, trying each one over and over, before I got the hang of it again.

I’m really glad that I took a few months away from oil painting because I feel as though I’m coming into it again with a new mindset, an experimenters mindset. This time I’m going to learn as much as I can about all the nuances in oil painting and commit them to memory.

Satsumas Still life in oil

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Modeled Drawing in Watercolor

The modeled drawing has been a part of the The Natural Way to Draw book since the beginning. But doing it in watercolor is a fairly new practice. This was the second session on this painting, the first was a couple weeks ago. I’m sure I could have pulled out a better painting if I was willing to spend more time on it, but I ended up working on it quickly.

Modeled Drawing in watercolor

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew several thumbnails of the composition for the satsuma painting I’m working on. I moved the objects around slightly in what I feel is a better look. Then I drew an old canister that I use to hold safflower oil for cleaning my brushes.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

The second day on my first painting in months and I’m having fun relearning all the nuances of oil painting.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I need to figure out my time again. Adding in the oil painting is not leaving enough time for the Fandom Fitness drawings. I may have to leave my oil painting for the weekend or days when I know I have enough time.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Take a look at my schedule and make a plan to fit in the oil painting and Fandom Fitness drawings better.

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