Turpentine diaries 4/15/18

Last week, I saw one of the better shows that I’ve seen in Cleveland.  Global Matrix IV at the Gallery at Cleveland State U  contains first-rate prints from contemporary European artists.  I plan to review the show later this week after I visit it one more time. Along 4th Street is poking along (ahem), although…

Stretching canvas

While it’s true that I didn’t learn anything about painting at art school, it isn’t true that I didn’t learn anything at all.  I learned a lot about printmaking, and I learned how to stretch canvases. That canvas-stretching skill has stood me in good stead.  I can’t think of a single instance when the technique…

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During my last weekly visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, I saw Eyewitness Views for the fourth time. Eyewitness Views is the best show I’ve seen at the Cleveland museum and one of the best I’ve ever seen. Do yourself a favor and visit the show before it closes 5/20. Canaletto is a marvel.  I am writing a review. 

Turpentine diaries 4/8/18

I worked on the two paintings in the center of this photo today.  Today’s session with Girl with a Maroon Colored Cap was the second one.  Phone Call on Main Street is almost finished [knock wood].  

Turpentine diaries 4/1/18 Easter

This is a photo of two paintings I started today.  That is, I started applying paint to the canvases today; drawing started several days ago.  So, this shows the underpainting where I’m just covering the surface with paint.  Both paintings are 30″ x 40.” I’m still using the Utretcht lead white, their Flemish white.  It…

Turpentine diaries 3/24/18

I am using Utrecht flake white these past several days.  I like it.  It has good covering strength and it’s decently priced.  While I like RGH better, RGH prices keep creeping higher.  Plus, a recently-purchased tube of raw umber is an oily mess.  The tube leaks oil and the oil spreads like a small lake…

Turpentine diaries 3/18/18

I had a lot of trouble this morning with the painting on the floor, Down on Prospect Avenue.  Why?  Who knows?  If I could see, I might be able to make good paintings. Things perked up after lunch and I made progress.  I think the head of the left-most figure is finished.  I like it…