Porto Milonga: Oil

Following an inspirational talk at the art club by Roger Deller,  http://www.rogerdellar.com/ , on painting interiors with oils, I had to give the medium a try.

I’ve not really used oils before (2 paintings in the last 5 years) and needed to sort out a canvas/board and prepare it for oil painting. I used a 24″x 16″ hardboard and made my own gesso. Not used to this scale of painting, as all my watercolours are no larger then A3 and most much smaller, I had to get familiar with the scale and composition. The subject had to be an interior and with my current interest in social tango I selected a challenging shot of a Tango Festival in Porto, Portugal.

A couple of years ago I attended a memorable Tango festival in Porto (thanks Maria) with a group of friends. The main milonga were held in a fabulous room in the ‘ateneu comercial do porto’. I’ve tried to capture the room, atmosphere and dancing with this painting. Lots to think about and improve on but a really enjoyable process. (I’m not used to photographing oils and there is a bit of glare showing through)


Tango Festival, Porto (Oil)


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