Tips and Studies

Best deal in flake white

RGH has the best deal for the all-important flake white.  Their cremnitz white extra fine is $46.25 for a 250 ml jar.  By comparison, a 237 ml jar of Williamsburg’s flake white is $57.  Old Holland, which I don’t buy because of their lurid prices, costs $172 for 225 ml tube.  That’s after heavy discounts.    The…

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…

Studio journal 5/7/17

I worked on these two paintings today before my daughter and I went to the marina to work on The Betty Jane.  The left-hand painting, The Delegate, is sailing along, to use a nautical allusion.  Two days ago, I lightly varnished it with my special varnish.  Now, the surface is really sweet and the colors no longer…

Studio journal 4/30/17

The unfinished Women in Sandals is part of the Playhouse Square series.  Women in Sandals is 44″ x 60.” Here is a painting tip: If you are struggling to get light in a painting, strengthen the darks.  You might be surprised at how making the darks darker makes muddy lights shine brightly.

Studio journal 4/15/17

I spent the last two days hammering the armor on the middle-lower painting. (Painters will know what I mean.)  It’s not done but it’s getting there. The small painting is for me.  It’s a painting of my son John and I’ll never sell it.  It’s not finished either but I managed a good session with it…

Draw this

Cezanne, I think, told a young artist that the best way to learn was to draw and paint the stove in his studio.  I think this is excellent advice.  If you can draw the mundane, you can draw anything.  There’s a catch, of course.  What the hell is mundane?  No one has answered that question, as…

New painting, underpainting

Today, I finished the underpainting for the new painting Girl in the Lavender Dress. I based the design on several photos taken around Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, so the painting is part of the Playhouse Square series.  Girl in the Lavender Dress, after my second session, is on the easel in this photo.  On the Square, another…

Studio journal 2/5/17

 I’ve titled this new painting Down on Prospect Avenue.   The other day, I shared the painting after my first painting session with it.   I finished the under-painting on this canvas and started “over-painting.”  What’s the difference between under- and over-painting?   During under-painting, I treat the painting like a pen and ink drawing.  The lights…