Studio journal 5/21/17

I was able to spend time with this painting yesterday, working all over it. Girl in the Lavender Dress is based on a mash-up of several photos.  It’s part of the Playhouse Square. series. I also painted a small oil study yesterday.   I am using RGH’s “extra fine” flake white.  After two days, it handles well…

Goodbye, Old Holland

 Goodbye, Old Holland, I’m done with you. In my Oil Paint Brand Reference, I rated the Old Holland (OH) brand as top; best in breed among high-end brands.  Its dense pigmentation gives it unrivaled covering power and performance.  Funny thing though, I noticed that lately there are no OH paints on my palette.  Why?  Price.  Their…

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.

Boating season soon

Even though the winter was mild, we are just now at the beginning of the boating season.  The Betty Jane is the middle boat in this photo.  It’s shrink-wrapped like its winter-storage neighbrors.  Shrink wrapping protects the boats during winter storage and, as you can see, it’s commonly done in marinas along Lake Erie in…

Studio journal 4/23/17

Here is today’s activity.  As usual, both paintings are unfinished.  Both are part of the Playhouse Square series. Lately, I’ve been using Utrecht’s flake white.  It performs decently and is decently priced too.  I actually like it better than Winsor Newton’s flake white.

Studio journal 4/22/17

I worked on The Picnic and nothing else for the past few days. The Picnic has a painting surface that is difficult.  This doesn’t happen often anymore but it’s annoying when it does happen.  It slows everything down.  Luckily, an intermediate varnish solved the problem and things are more to my liking and moving swiftly…

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…

Studio journal 4/9/17

The Press, the middle painting, is giving me trouble–the ground is, I mean.  It’s lifeless.  It’s one of two things, so I’ll soon know the cause.  It’s not too bad but it’s frustrating because things go so some much more smoothly when the ground is well behaved.      The ground isn’t the only thing…

Studio journal 4/8/17

I worked on these four paintings today; finishing the two smaller ones.  The finished paintings are part of a series about Colorado, which I started some time ago.  The large painting is also part of a series started some time ago.  It’s the last painting in that series. I wanted to make it look from…

Studio journal 4/2/17

As usual, here is a shot of recent stuff.  I really like the surface on the new painting, Grand Army of the Republic Highway.  The gray tone of the ground, which can be seen throughout the painting, is just right: not too dark or too light.  The surface is nice and smooth, which a big…

Studio journal 3/26/17

The Candidate, on the easel, is 36″ x 48,” which a format I’ve used a lot recently.  The design is based on photos I took during the RNC in Cleveland last summer.   I use the stick, or pole, leaning against the painting as a maulstick.  Even with my fast-drying medium I have to be…

Studio journal 3/25/17

The day ended much too soon.  Some days, I can paint all day long and by the time I put down the brush, I feel refreshed and recharged.  I worked on the two paintings in the photo and then on another one.  When I was young, I would frequently continue painting far into the night.  I…

Can’t wait to start painting

After preparing my palette and getting a cup of tea, I was met by cheery sunlight when I reentered the studio.  The morning had been gray and gloomy, so the unexpected light was uplifting.  I couldn’t wait to get started.   I am restretching the large painting in the background–The Offensive.  I replaced the two…

Update to a recently ‘finished’

See, I know I’m my own worst critic.  Whenever I finish a painting, I put it away so I can’t look at it for several weeks.  If I don’t put it away, I’ll find things that bug me every time I look at it.  After a few weeks, I can look at my work with…

Studio journal 3/19/17

I recently bought some of Rublev’s Lead Oil Ground.  I’ve had mixed results with Rublev products.  Their oil paint is excellent.  Their burnt sienna is top shelf.  However, much of their stuff is less than wonderful.  They purport to be experts but I don’t see any evidence for that claim.  They sell a lot of thick,…

Studio journal 3/13/17

Due to changing my ISP, I am late posting this journal entry. I finished the underpainting for Down on Prospect Avenue and started some over-painting.  The painting has a long way to go but I’ve gotten this far with just a few sessions, so it’s moving rapidly. As usual, I struggled with the title for…

Status

Tom Hudson

I moved.  Did you notice?  I changed my ISP today and there were some rough patches, as there always are when I do this.  Nothing seems permanently broken although I haven’t checked everything yet.  The last time I moved, things were a lot worse. 

Studio journal 3/12/17

I worked most of the day on The Candidate, the painting in the upper-center in this batch of current work.  The underpainting is done.  I’ll say it’s done.  I don’t like the ground on this canvas.  It is another of my experiments with materials that has proved unsatisfactory, but it does have the happy side…

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…

Studio journal 3/5/17

I worked on these two paintings today.  They are at the opposite ends of their cycles.  I just started the underpainting on The Candidate (painting on the floor).  The other painting, Phone Call on Main Street, is cruising into the dock.  I’m not ready to tie it to the dock and cut the engine, but…