Sorry for the delay Padda...to answer your question I like that in oils you can linger over a painting. You can make mistakes and scrape it off, paint over a portion or gesso over it all and start again. Watercolor isn't like that and were it not for the fact that I started painting in watercolor at thirteen I would've never picked it up. But there are some incredible painters that I admire who paint really tight. Mary Whyte is one. She's one of the finest portrait artists in the business. Andy Wyeth is another. So don't not try the medium because you think you'd have to paint loose.I've been watching a lot of paintings with oils on Youtube. Your work is great with watercolors. When I was in highschool, my art teacher told me something I'm sure I'll never forget when it comes to art.. "you like the control of the pen" (after viewing my sketchbook primarily in pen). Watercolor always, as a kid, used to intimidate me because I wasn't used to the loose, free look it provides by nature of the paper you're using. I like my lines to go exactly where I want them to go. So I was just curious about your own thought process on this. I know you're very skilled in watercolor, particularly on lighting, and also very skilled when it comes to perspective. What makes you want to get into oils?
Keep up the good work, Dan. I'm happy a lot of other people enjoy watching you progress
I recently saw a work in ball point pen and I really loved it. If I find the work again I'll post it. I was a bit of an art snob even up to a few years ago. Not anymore. I appreciate anything that's beautifully done. If I can't it has more to do with my lack of understanding than anything else. Although I hate Mark Rothko's work. It's just crap and it makes me mad that people will pay 50 million for shit like that.
The sonoran desert is pretty awesome and there's nothing like the smell of creosote bushes after it rains. Artists for years have come here for the light and I can see why. I wish the people here in Tucson were a little less hostile however.I see your love of the desert in your art also. I’m a desert rat myself.