Monthly Archives: July 2017

Turpentine diaries 7/30/17

Sub Rosa, on the easel, is part of the Main Street series.  I’ve been using RGH’s ultra-fine flake white regularly, which can be seen in the middle of the palette.  I like it.  Last week, I used the last of a tube of flake white from Blue Ridge, which is also excellent paint.  I was…

Turpentine diaries 7/23/17

Break is finally done. I struggled with the surface from the beginning which resulted in more sessions than usual.  I won’t bore you with the details; the surface isn’t awful–it’s perfectly sound–but it’s not to my liking.  Not nearly smooth enough and like any rough-surfaced canvas, it eats brushes.  I like surfaces that are smooth and…

Turpentine diaries 7/16/17

I decided to work on my backlog of unfinished studies and small paintings. I worked on all of the paintings in the photo today, the bottom-left one last. One small study, not shown, has a problem and I’m trying to decide how to resolve it.  Before I work on a painting, I always wipe it with…

Turpentine diaries 7/9/17

Grand Army of the Republic Highway is part of a series called Main Street, which is about, well, Main Street in out town.  The town is a vacation destination and things happen downtown all of the time–festivals, street parties, concerts. I am adding pages to the site about my current series, Playhouse Square, and Main…

Turpentine diaries 7/8/17

I finished the small study at the top of this photo this morning.  Keith in Profile is on a 20″ x 24″ canvas board.  I sometimes use canvas board for studies and sketches.  Keith in Profile has been in-hand for awhile but today’s session was the fourth or fifth; fast for me. I put a fast-drying…

Turpentine diaries 7/6/17

My wife and youngest son are visiting the Jersey Shore and I miss them, so yesterday I took up Millie Talking to Her Friends.  The Millie in the painting is my wife’s grandmother.  Millie has been in-hand for some time but I’ve had just 3-4 sessions with it.  After working on Millie and several other…