Eyes right

I started working on some small canvases in oils yesterday. This is the first coat. Really, it’s just blocking in colour and form and covering up the white of the canvas. I haven’t done any oil painting in about… hmm.. 15 years! I’m old! Oils are nice. I like the way they smudge and slide.

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  1. Tamara says:

    HelloGee I havent painted in oils since my first pregnancy (hence getting into sewing!) but I am ready to tackle again – but think I will have to wait until my baby is in school

  2. Prue says:

    I like the second one best. She looks happier, it seems sunnier.I’ve never used oils, my paint of choice is watercolour. And I always hope that my watercolours don’t smudge and slide!

  3. Marlina says:

    Can’t wait to see the result! How big(or rather how small) are these?

  4. michelle says:

    Oooh! welcome to the club!I really think they are so much nicer to work with than acrylic once you get used to them – and they go so, so much further. And then there’s the smell. Mmmmmmmmmm

    Looking good. 🙂

  5. Di says:

    I think they look great! I have never been any good at painting!

  6. Emmarose says:

    I love oils. They’re so buttery! I’m always a bit afraid of them, and I don’t have much patience to let them dry between layers….. Yeah, and I love the smell too!

  7. megsie says:

    i love oils too!the feel, smell and the luminious colours you can build up. i don’t like the clean-up though. toxic! Great canvases, looking forward to seeing them progress

  8. elissa says:

    Hello Claire, I am so glad you are back! As a long time reader I am delighting in watching your art evolve over the years and reading about P and your girls.XX E

  9. alice says:

    Mmm, lovely! I had fogotten about how good oils look.

  10. CrystalT says:

    I am scared of oils… I don’t exactly know why.Your paintings are wonderful.

  11. Carrie says:

    They look beautiful so far! I like all kinds of crafts,but painting is my favorite!

  12. Jish says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous!

  13. The UnMighty says:

    That’s not to shabby for a 15 year hiatus.

  14. I like both oil and acrylics, depending on what project I’m working on. I like that you’ve shown your first layer, it’s like a whole other painting than what you end up with. cool.

  15. kristina says:

    I’ll be interested in seeing these as they evolve. Fresh and friendly as always, but they seem a bit secretive, as well.

  16. Frogdancer says:

    They look fantastic. My mother is an artist. Sadly, I can barely hold a pencil the correct way. (By the way, good luck with the whole Etsy thing. I’ll be interested to see how that all pans out. Maybe I’ll follow you into that one day. And the knitted beret you posted on…. mine is purple and looks great. Once I learned how to wear it like a French woman and not like a showercap!)

  17. Megs says:

    Oh how pretty!! I’ve never painted with oils. Didn’t know if I had enough patience for it…. Nice work!

  18. maura says:

    yay – very cool! looks like you’re having fun with these 🙂 looking forward to seeing what develops. best to you!

  19. Amy says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I want to get back to oil painting too..just painting in general. Glad you had fun with them! They look fantastic.

  20. mrs. french says:

    Oh my goodness, I really want one. This painting makes me so happy!

  21. cheryl says:

    very prettty and delightful!

  22. toni says:

    I love how the little girl looks so playfully curious. 🙂

  23. Darci says:

    I love the mischievousness in her eyes. I have an orange headed 14 yo that looks just like that.

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