Detail of new oil painting, 12"x24"
Above: oil painting worked up in studio from previous acrylic plein air painting (shown below)
Summer Light, acrylic, 12" x 24"
I'm trying something new. Often you hear about artists doing field studies and then working up their paintings in a studio environment. When I'm plein air painting I use acrylics. Well, early this summer I painted a piece that I really loved and wondered what it would look like worked up in oil (which is what I normally use for my daily paintings). So I got a new canvas and looking at the old piece, re-imagined it in oil. I've shown both here. I don't know if you can see it in this size reproduction but the acrylic has much more "ground" poking through. And more brushy and translucent layers. Does the oil capture the spontaneity of the original acrylic? I'm leaning to the acrylic piece as the winner here but maybe it's because I've looked at it longer and have grown more attached. Maybe the oil is more polished? Thoughts? What are your experiences in this type of thing? You can see the acrylic painting in a larger format here. Happy holiday weekend!