Monthly Archives: October 2016

In the studio 10/23/16

I worked a little while on this small painting, which is part of the Playhouse Square series.  I also spent time working on a large drawing.  It’s been awhile since I’ve done that.  Of late, most of my drawings have been as preparation for paintings. I have a mess of canvases ready to go, everything…

Review: Richeson’s Rectified Turpentine

Have you read many turpentine reviews lately?  How about ever? I use turpentine every day in my oil painting.  Winsor Newton is a pretty reliable manufacturer.  Their oil paint, while not the best, is very good and it’s reasonably priced.  Their English Distilled turpentine is my usual choice.  It handles well in my medium and performs…

In the studio 10/16/16

This painting, Girl in the Purple Boots II, is typical of how I work these days.  Like the earlier version, Girl in the Purple Boots I, the painting is based on a mash-up of several photos taken around the same time at the same location.  In the case of the Purple Boots paintings, the photos…

How I paint: mediums and thinners

This photo shows painting cups in front of my custom-made palette.  I always use this selection of mediums and solvents when I paint. In the left-most container is my medium.  My medium is very drying which means, among other things, that it is very rough on brush heads.  Not only does it dry out the brush hairs,…

In the studio 10/9/16

I worked on several paintings over the past few days. I also applied the ground to the canvas on the right-side of the photo.  The tone is burnt sienna, raw umber, and white.  I used to use warm grounds based on burnt sienna but lately I’ve used gray.  So I am reverting to my earlier…

What I am reading

I am a voracious reader.  Since I got acclimated to my Kindle (actually the Kindle app on my iPad mini), I think I am reading more than ever, which I didn’t think possible.  Add my Audible app to the mix and my day is spent reading (or listening) to books from can’t see to can’t…

In the studio 10/4/16

Working the oil titled ‘Photographer.’I’m trying to keep Photographer simple by suppressing detail.  Some parts I’m liking but other parts bug me. At this point, I can’t guess when it will be done.  I worked it all over during the last session and I’m going to put it aside and let it thoroughly dry before taking…

In the studio 10/2/16

I’ve titled this painting Sunday, then Parade, and now I’m calling it Sunday Parade.  Let’s see how long that lasts. This painting is at the fun stage.  When I get a painting to this stage, I do whatever I like and add touches as they occur to me.  This morning I told my wife I…