Monthly Archives: December 2016

Painting prep

It took all day to trace the cartoon onto the canvas for this painting.  The new painting, Sub Rosa, is 44″ x 60″ and has seven figures in it. After finishing the tracing, I lightly sprayed the surface with fixative.  I’ll start the painting tomorrow. I worked on the drawing for several days, as you might…

Studio journal 12/28/16

Euclid Avenue #1 took up my time today.  Euclid Avenue #1 is part of the Playhouse Square series.  Push-pull. I’ve disdained synthetic brushes in the past, but I finally found a model that behaves decently: Escoda Primera.  The Escoda Primera model, like all synthetics, is rugged.  It handles well for a synthetic; not as sensitive as a sable…

Studio journal 12/26/16

I worked on the 48″ x 48″ oil, Two Cakes.  Two Cakes has been long in hand.  I really do not like the surface; a commercial canvas by Fredrix.  I bought an assortment of Fredrix canvases from a NJ supplier who was going out of business. Even though I got a great deal on the…

Studio journal 12/18/16

Bitter winter has hit NE Ohio.  The highs are in the single digits.  Days are dark and gloomy, so when the sun poured into the studio, it was cheering.   The blinds-streaked sunlight is a happy sight, eh?  The canvases have transformed into a riot of color.

Studio journal 12/11/16

I thought I was going to finally finish Main Street #1 today but I fell short.  I am still  not satisfied with the right-most figure.  So, I keep working until I’m happy with it. Today I used walnut oil that I bought from James Groves.  Really good stuff–for walnut oil.  As I’ve written before, James really…

In the studio 12/4/16

I worked on 4 paintings today, including the 3 small portraits in this photograph.  Recently, I wrote about breaking my palette knife again.  My favorite knife is (was) marketed as a painting knife, although I rarely used it for that purpose.  But I painted with a knife today.  I finished Garth in a Yankees Cap with a…

Palette knives

In January, I wrote about breaking my stalwart palette knife.  After using the knife daily for years, I really miss it.  It was like losing a hand.  I have plenty of knives but the one that broke was my favorite. So I ordered three replacement knives–model Richeson 830 just like the one that broke.  You can…