Thursday, September 23, 2010

Combining Illustration and Oil Painting

It's an interesting back and forth process to switch between illustration and oil painting.They're very different stylistically but they each influence the other. Over the many years of illustration I've explored different ways of getting an idea or story across depending on the requirement for each particular assignment, that builds a bit of a mental storehouse to draw upon for subsequent paintings.

The idea of combining my illustration and oil painting has been lurking in the corners of my mind for a few years but it was a vague idea of exploring themes, patterns, and favourite subject matter in the naive style of my illustration in oils. I made a few stabs at it but it wasn't quite what I wanted, the vision was hovering but just not clear.

One day while doing my early morning writing I could see my vague idea become clearer. I was writing about my recent studies and the things that I was learning from them like painting colour more intuitively and much looser and freer brushwork when suddenly I could see how I could use these expressive ways of painting to combine my illustration style with the oils in a way that would be pure painting pleasure.

What to paint? I kept it simple, choosing motifs that I love like pattern, birds, cats, flowers, and still life. I began exploring different techniques and with each painting things began to fall into place. Where are they going? I'm not sure. I only know that it's the pleasure and exploration that's important for now and the joy of seeing how they change over the years. I would never have done this had it not been for all those years of illustration and then the oil painting, it's all the experimenting and the doing that brought me to these new paintings and it reminds me of the great importance of exploration in art.

Bird with Tulip & Vase, 20 x 16, Oil on Canvas
© Cindy Revell

Thoughts, 20 x 16, Oil on Canvas
© Cindy Revell

Spring Songs, 20 x 16, Oil on Canvas
© Cindy Revell

Russet Spring Songs, 20 x 16, Oil on Canvas
© Cindy Revell


Terry Elrod said...

Wonderful, Cindy! Yes, art is exploration, of a most intuitive kind. Thanks!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow, Cindy! I LOVE these. So playful and rich. Wonderful compositions too.

Cindy said...

Thanks Diane, these are incredibly fun to do. I just saw that painting of the white cat on your blog, fabulous!