Grasses on a Beach – Oil on canvas, 10×10 in., by Maria Jones-Phillips/MXJP, 2020.

Yesterday I said I would try something a little different, by way of giving myself a break from working on my son’s portrait. Much more impressionistic and looser in style, I decided I would recreate one of my digital paintings in oil. I’ve been wanting to practise painting skies and clouds for some time now, as I’ve not done a lot of landscape painting. I do like the effects you can achieve with oil when painting clouds, however, and how diaphanous you make them look just with the flick of a hog hair fan brush.

I was up early enough this morning that I caught the sun hitting the canvas as I snapped a picture – the apartment is like a cave throughout the rest of the day as we face almost due north. At least I like how the painting looks in daylight. It looked very grey-ish/green when I finished painting it yesterday evening, and was worried it would look too vivid by morning.
I might try another one today.

2 thoughts on “Sketches in Oil – Grasses on a Beach

    1. Thanks, Argus.
      Yep. It does. I always say that if a painting works in all lights, then it is successful. Otherwise, I know I have my work cut out chasing the right light. What I need is a well lit studio setting, full stop. Full of daylight bulbs would be even better! I can dream.

      I hope you’re well. 🙂


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