This was not my first time working with oils. I took a painting class a few years back and came to the conclusion that I hate oil painting. This statement is still partially true. The first pear which was made using standard painting techniques was not dreadful to make, but I am still not a big fan. Personally, I don't prefer painting. Painting with the oils was slightly frustrating at times. The paint takes so long to dry and I am a very impatient person. I didn't like that I couldn't wait till the paint was dried to add layers. When I tried layering the paint would just get muddled and mix together. Eventually, I realized this and made sure to save the places where I wanted highlights and keep them white. Sometimes I would just embrace the mixing and let it be.
On the other hand, I LOVED using the pallet knife. I've always loved sloppy and messy paintings. However, I could never seem to let myself do it when using paint brushes. This is most likely because I am so used to creating smooth textures with my prismacolors. What I love about the pallet knife is that I have no other choice but to make it messy. I can easily incorporate random spurts of color and the texture is amazing. OH MY GOD I LOVE THE TEXTURE. All I want to do is run my hands down the painting and feel all the bumps. All these aspects come together and make, in my opinion, really eye catching pieces even if the subject is as simple as a pear. I am super excited to continue to make pallet knife paintings. I feel like they are not only cool to look at, but the messy style reflects me as a person.