Oil on canvas
I started this artwork on July 31st 2018 according to my photos. It was started in order to teach myself many things, such as:
- how to use oil paints
- how to paint an oil portrait
- how to not be such a perfectionist and let go, leave things as they are if they are fine
- to be patient with the paint.
Oil paint, because I was brand new to it at the time I began this piece, taught me most importantly to go slow. The two years before I did this work I found myself being quite impatient and messing up my works because of that, and I wanted to change that. This painting was successful in teaching me all of the above, and so well. This process went incredibly smooth, and I amazed myself with what I could do! I also was able to appreciate that I could manipulate the oil paints to blend to the smooth consistency that I had always wanted for my paintings.
The reason this painting took over a year (I just finished it at the end of August 2019!) was due to working full time in the summer and then being at school full time with 5 courses in the fall and winter months. Finally this year I was able to finish it and I am so pleased to share it with you all today. Especially since I have been teasing it on my stories whenever I was working on it within the past year. Princess Di was a fantastic model and great for my practice attempt with oils!