Monthly Archives: April 2014

In the studio 2014-4-13

Here is the newest studio update. The drawing on the floor started as a painting on canvas board, but I was having so much fun drawing, I decided to finish it that way. I still plan a painting on the same subject–the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Colorado. I prepared the canvas board using…

In the studio 4/6/2014

Two Cakes is 48″ x 48″. Unfinished, of course, as are most of the paintings shown in the  “In the studio” posts. The left-side of the small container holds my standard medium: cold-pressed linseed oil+turpentine, + drops of copal varnish and coutrai drier. When I want firm, and fast-drying passages, I put the same mix…

Glop, goo, and jelly

I’ve never understood the fascination with thick, viscous oil painting mediums. Used for special effects, such mediums are perfectly fine, but for everyday work they are completely useless. I scratch my head whenever I see recipes based wholly on balsams or thickened oils–goo.  Closely related to the goos are the jelly-like mediums–the glops. There are a…

Painting: Keith in Front of a White Chair

I finished this painting three days ago. Keith in Front of a White Chair, is fairly large (for me) oil painting measuring 36″ x 48.” It’s kissing cousin to this painting, which is also 36″ x 48.” One thing i always do is I try to get the drawing right. That isn’t as straightforward as it…

Ice and snow be gone!

The last of the ice and snow melted away last night. Here is a shot of Lake Erie taken from my studio this morning. The horizon is lost in the distance; it’s impossible to tell where water ends and sky starts.