Past Works, Part 3: Oil Paintings of the Late 1990s
Chandra S Sherin
March 1, 2018
Continuing from last week, here is the third installation of the look back at my early works from the end of the 1990s. This is another group of oil paintings.
While I feel great nostalgia for oil painting because it was a medium I had great affinity and passion for, I did give it up. I gave up oil painting for my health and for the health of the environment, as well as to find a practice that is more simple and eco-friendly. In place of oil painting, I first tried moving on to acrylic, but I did not find it as enjoyable.
What are the toxic aspects for a person and environment with oil painting and other methods? Highly toxic solvents mainly, and the plastic via containers and the paints themselves, like acrylic. While there are less toxic alternatives for solvents, none are totally safe. And while some supplies come in glass bottles, many others do not. Most artistic mediums have their issues. And there are ways to make them more sustainable and healthy, in most cases–with a little research and out of the box thinking.
Nowadays, watercolor, ink drawings, and digital photography are satisfying replacements for me. I also have some fun renewing old objects I find, turning them into some form of art.
I still appreciate the works I did create with oil paints. And I had so much fun using lots and lots of linseed oil to get the sheen you see in this first piece.