Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bad, Bad, Bad (ingredients)

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my hot button issues is premium-priced art supplies that are actually inferior, or, as is often the case, pure crap. So don’t get me started. Recently I opened a bottle of black oil from Williamsburg. Although the bottle had been purchased some time back, to my disgust,…

In the Studio 7/28/2013

What’s unusual about today’s ‘In the Studio’ post is the works I’m showing were both finished today! The larger is titled ‘Jane Hudson and Her Father,’ (yes, it’s me holding my daughter Jane when she was about three). The landscape, ‘Colorado River #1,’ is on linen, which I do not often use.  

Mirror

An artist is like a man sitting in a dark room holding a mirror. There in the dark, little can be seen. But if he opens the ‘Nature’ window, light floods the room and an impossibly beautiful vista opens before him. He can study the beauties through the window or study his own face in…

Painting Mediums

Painting mediums are  a never-ending topic for discussion and debate among artists. Mediums profoundly affect how oil paint handles, and many preparations are complicated or dangerous, filled with ancient lore and alchemical processes. Oil by its nature is flowing and slow drying, qualities that led during the early Renaissance to the birth of large-format paintings…

Tip: Painting Flesh

There is not a single best way to paint Caucasian flesh.  Any orange-brown tone can serve as a base that can be made lighter and darker, and cooler and warmer as needed. As simple as this sounds, it’s maddeningly easy to misfire when painting portraits or figures. The eye scans portraits and notices false notes…

Review: Joseph O’Sickey at Bonfoey Gallery

Just now there is a lot of news and information about O’Sickey. The Canton Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of his work through July 21, and the Bonfoey Gallery’s exhibition runs through the 13th. The Bonfoey exhibition–Travels: Provence and Maine–consists of an outstanding collection of large works that provide those or us unfamiliar…

In the Studio 7/14/2013

As usual, here is some current work. The small self-portrait at top was recently finished (it’s still wet). It’s a companion to a gouache I did earlier this year. The painting on the lower-right (tentatively titled ‘Down’) has a warm orange-brown ground. I favor this tone for my grounds although I have used others.