Oil paint vs Acrylic paint

Coral Reflections 36x36

As you may know that I took a week long oil painting workshop in Kiawah Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) in April. Our instructor, Bill Inman really impressed on me the value of oils and how different they are from my regular acrylic paints.

SO when I got back into my studio, I decided to do two tests and practice some of the skills I learned at the workshop. Below is the 36 x 36″ acrylic ocean scene that I did first:

Pink Clouds 36x36

On the two similar paintings, this is what I learned.

The Oil (top painting) is creamier and colors appear richer. As the paint rests on another color and blends in the wet stage, there are no sharp edges. I really liked how I could brush through a wet area and create beautiful drags that picked up the underlying color as it traveled. You could take your finger to smooth out an edge that needed to trail off to blend with the background. Here is a detail shot of the oil painting.

wave detail.jpg

Here is the acrylic painting detail:

Pink Clouds detail

The oil paints take so long to dry that I was frustrated at the process but feel that its worth the wait at times.

I plan on keep working in both mediums so keep following to catch up on more results. Thanks. Happy painting!!

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