Ive had a piece of marine plywood sitting in my room for the last six months ... so I decided it was time to finally do something with it.
So, with my blank piece of ply and some oil paints Ive been avoiding using, I began painting a new portrait.
I don't have a studio space, or a designated area to paint. I don't own an easel or anything that resembles one. So I began and completed the painting on my bedroom floor, with the wood leant against my wardrobe.
I began this painting as a way of experimenting with oil paints again for the first time in almost five years. Ive had a love-hate relationship with oil paints for the last few years. The first time I used them, I have no concept that you could not simply wash them out with water. This resulted in a whole bottle of turps being used to clean my brushes and palette.
This experimentation has taught me much about a medium I am excited to use in the future. I want to experiment with different surfaces and textures; such as the plywood.
I believe that as an artist you can never stop learning, both through experimentation and from other artists. I spend so much time admiring the works of other local and international artists. They provide inspiration and motivation to try new things and challenge myself.
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.