Oils oils oils - works in progress / by VH McKenzie

Watercolor paintings, unique works of art in themselves, also serve as studies, or preliminary sketches, for paintings in oil. I've selected three of my watercolor paintings to serve just such a function.

Here are the three I've decided to re-create in oil:

Watercolors are unforgiving - a mark made can't be painted over to make it disappear -- but they do dry very quickly. Oils, on the other hand, can take days to dry. There are talented painters out there who grind out a small oil painting every day but I'm not one of them. I paint a few thin glazes, tinker with the composition and then let it sit for a couple of days while I figure things out and let things dry a bit before going back into it.

So I've got these 3 going at the same time. I spend some time on one, put it aside and move on to the next. Here they are -- just the FIRST STAGE, with a ways to go. the canvases are slightly larger than the originals, about 8"x10" :

Water Tower No. 3 in progress:

End of Summer Coconuts in progress:

Water Tower No. 7 in progress:

Ok, that's all for now.

Going on a family road trip to New England this weekend! Will work more on these paintings when we return..............