I worked on these three small paintings yesterday. I am trying to keep all three simple. Millie Talking, the painting sitting on the floor, is almost done. There are a few that still needs ‘saying.’
According to my Studio Journal, I notice that I’ve worked on the two landscapes at the same time, one after the other. Yesterday’s sessions were the third for both of them.
I used a variant of my usual medium in these sessions. I have some turpentine that I ‘flavored’ with Venice turpentine which I can substitute for my medium’s regular turpentine. By ‘flavor,’ I mean adding a very small amount to the turp. Venice turpentine imparts gloss and slows drying time. I generally do not like glossy surfaces, but it can add charm to a painting’s final layers. Even a small change to the medium affects how it handles and looks. Of course, at this point, I am sensitive to anything that affects my medium.