My Oil Paintings
I love to paint with oils on canvas. Unlike my photography, there are no categories of work. Everything I do is colorful, thick, rich, and bold. Some of the images are based on reality (a bit). An example is Two Tigers Sunning, painted in 2011. But most are abstract, like Eternal Garden, which was completed in 2010.
Perhaps because I have been painting for many, many more years than I have been making art with pixels, I find oils easier to do than photos. With photography, you have to find the essence and tell a story. The viewer, who is bombarded with images from life all day (TV, Internet, print media), needs to be captivated quickly. You must seize their eye before they move on. With oils, however, your viewers are likely to be looking with a purpose: they want to see art. They are more likely to pause and rest their eyes on your work.
And one more thing oil paintings have going for them from this artist's viewpoint: they are pretty tinker-proof. Once you finish the work, it dries and it's hard to revisit it. With photography, on the other hand, there is always a chance for you to make one more visit to the darkroom.
A few works finished or underway in 2017 are here.
Two Tigers Sunning