I will likely use oils in all of my plein air paintings. This is because of an experience I had painting in the Tetons' National Park with well known western artist Jim Wilcox.. I was one of a group of 15 and the only Canadian. I was also the only artist painting in acrylics. Aside from the area being rich in scenery, the week I was there it was also hot in heat. and wind. Now if you know anything about acrylics you know they dry fast. So there I am out at String Lake with my colleagues, easel in place and ready to go at it. Out on my palette goes my limited choice of colours, and after watching Jim start his project, I turn to my canvas to start mine. When I go to paint in my outline, I notice that the paints are already starting to skim over. I mix a little water with my burnt sienna and start to draw my scene. Then it is time to rough in my darks and lights. I go to mix my darks and my brush is misshapen from the drying acrylic. I go to mix my colours and find they are drying in the sun and the wind. I try to paint on my canvas and by the time I have succeeded in mixing my colours I place my brush on the canvas and it sticks there. What a mess. I named my painting "Cucu one." Ever since that experience i only paint with oils outside and I love it.
Florals I often render in watercolours because I like the softness of waters. And yet you will see some bold florals done in acrylics also
.My scenery paintings will find me working in either oils or acrylics. I like the openess of oils and the ability to blend well but then sometimes I like the quick dry of the acrylics.
With the exception of plein air painting, I have almost no fixed rule as to what medium I use for a subject. I allow the subject to talk to me, and how I feel about the conversation will determine my medium. Most of the time I am correct in my choice. To a non painter or to one who is not tuned to their senses, this will not make sense. I feel very much about what I paint, and my feelings developed from a life rich with travel and experience I believe allows me to put something of myself in my paintings . I hope you will see this as you go through my gallery.
Thanks for visiting,
Jack Reid, Donna Kreikle, Elaine Seis , Arlie Hoffman, John Molnar , Linda Kemp, Bryan Atyeo, Allan Lonechild, Carl Schlademan, Jim Wilcox, Huang Zhong Yang, Grant Fuller, Jerry Markham, Mitch Albala, , Richard Robinson of New Zealand, Matt Smith, Marc Hanson, Scott Christensen, Johannes Vloothuis, and Andy Williams.
I have been blessed with a great cadre of instructors, each imparting to me a subtlety that helped me into being the painter I am. I look forward to more growth.