Oil paint was the only medium Laura used in her work until five years ago, when she eloped with Tom to start Jolly Edition. Although oil was the default choice while working with Jeff Koons’ studio in New York, accrylic, gauche, watercolor, ink, and purely digital approaches have been our mainstay since then. April’s most exciting challenges has been re-introducing oils to our range of mediums.
Laura’s passion is adapting to the individual brief, which she does so successfully — it’s why you’re reading this. We usually stick to gauche or acrylic because oil paint is a high-maintenance material — it wrecks brushes, dries slower, and the chemicals are caustic. Two of this month’s projects had research which included beautifully painted, thick, smooth, creamy oil paint. In this case it was the perfect medium to achieve the look the project called for, although it was terrifying to paint with oils again. But once Laura got started she remembered why she loved it so much, and it quickly felt like play.
Oil paint aside, there are plenty of fascinating projects to talk about this April, each of which are thrilling, and unique.
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