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Bot oil painting 1 by ChristopherStevens Bot oil painting 1 by ChristopherStevens
My first oil painting. My first thought when I started to push the paint around was...goodbye, acrylics. I was immediately smitten. There's an almost magical quality to oils. The whole time I worked on this piece, I must've said "wow" a dozen times as I watched the paint blend and flow in cool and unexpected ways.

My only regret is that I didn't start oil painting sooner. That's ok though. I probably wouldn't have appreciated the medium years before. The time is right I guess. I'm truly enjoying the discovering process with this medium. I'm sure now that this will be a great love/hate relationship for the rest of my life because I can't wait to work on my next piece (which I am right now)

As for the piece itself, it's not really important. I didn't even conceive of anything before starting it. I just started slapping paint down to see how it worked. I ended up with a very similar bot piece to my first acrylic painting ironically. Once I decided on a bot painting I thought it'd be interesting to do a similar color scheme and everything to see the differences between the mediums. There's a TON of differences. Not sure they'll be obvious to people seeing the scan or not, but it's very apparent in person.

I did this on a small gesso board. Really awesome but expensive surface to paint on. It's basically a gesso treated slab of masonite. The subtle texture is readily apparent in the scan.

So yeah, I'll be sticking to oils from now on I think and I look forward to sharing my progress as I go. Everyone has been extremely encouraging and generous with responses to my other painting endeavors. I very much appreciate it. It really does help me go forward.

Oils on gesso board

Bot Chris Stevens
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ARRD-ART Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing piece! Very sculptural like most of your work!
mechaniac Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
I love what you do with the markers. always so clean and crisp.
But this piece, while still smooht and consistent in shading and color, has got those little strokes and bumps whichs makes it even more lovely!

so go on with oils! cant wait to see more!
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thanks! I will definitely keep going:)
jbyrd117 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
and yet you still have those awesome shadows and edges that I like!
JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
i love the mood…
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks, Jason.
JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Im just about done with your painting…..but you rock with the brush…
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Wow! That's sweet. I can't wait to see it! Just to ask, do you have a preference for yours? Oils or markers?
JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Oils might be cool , if you don't mind, i like the oils you've been doing and the idea of "The Goon" as a oil does sound cool,,,I'm looking forward to seeing what you do…Thx Chris…
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Sweet. I do think that The Goon is a perfect subject for oils, but I'll let my mood decide since you're good with either.
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