I love working with oils. The process of moving paint around is, for me, an exciting occupation. Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work. I like the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance. The element of surprise is appealing as colour and surface change along the way.
Using Artist Quality Oils, I often mix them together with Cold Wax Medium. Cold Wax medium adds translucency and texture to the surface. It dries with a matte finish.
I 'sculpt' the oils with knives, brushes, squeegees and brayers. Making many layers and scraping back reveals colour below rather like archeology. The worn textured appearance is exciting. Many paintings have scratches and scribbles as I draw into the layers of oils.