Marcia Kuperberg: artist - Oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media. Miniaturist. Ceramicist

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Back to painting in oils!

My old art school training was in oils (all those years ago) but I discovered the advantages of acrylics when they were introduced in the 1970s: easier cleaning of brushes and mixing with water, no smell, quicker drying.  

Oil painting 4'x3: ' Swans in Calm Waters, by Marcia KuperbergBut. . . now, after all this time, I'm rediscovering the delights of oil painting again: the greater richness and depth of colours that don't change in the light, crisper, cleaner highlights, the buttery paint texture that I enjoy mixing and moving on the canvas. Also, if desired, one can work in acrylic as an 'under foundation' to establish tones, and put oils on top (never the other way round though) - so . . goodbye acrylic, hello oils. And in a big way, too - my Swans in Calm Waters is really big (nearly bigger than me): 4' high x 3' wide.

5 Comments to Back to painting in oils!:

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Gilda Segal on 07 November 2014 06:15
Wow Marce! What a really wonderful, gorgeous painting. Where are you going to hand it?
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marcia on 07 November 2014 22:28
Thanks so much, Gil. I plan to hang it in my rear lounge - but would consider selling it if I could get more than £1k. I've been accepted for an online website (takes a very large cut of the selling price) and very large paintings such as this are costly to transport without damage so that prospect is unlikely. My paintings are starting to stack up around the house. Must be more pragmatic so am now working on smaller sizes. Though I enjoy working on watercolours they can become too cumbersome at larger sizes due to the weight (and expense!) of framing and glass. Unlike watercolours, box canvases can be hung without a frame.
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Gilda on 22 November 2014 00:07
I am certainly looking forward to seeing all your new artwork. It will also be really lovely to see all your other work again, especially the dolls house. I have recently finished reading The Miniaturist - reminded me of your work.

Deviani on 08 December 2014 16:53
I have seen it in real life - stunning!!
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Marcia on 23 January 2015 22:34
Thanks, Dev!

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