Monthly Archives: July 2020

Back home

We’re back home from a week-long vacation. Like all vacations, it was simultaneously relaxing and exhausting. I plan several posts about our virus-shadowed adventure through the south. Among other things, we visited the Knoxville Museum of Art. Today, I had time to clean this painting in preparation for its final varnishing.

Artists with small brushes

Most of the tropes we learn about art and art-making are rubbish. One meaningless trope is, “Real artistes only use large brushes.” Alright, then. “A six-inch brush for this five-inch canvas, right Professor?” “Don’t get cute! Use a brush suitable for the job, Nimrod!” But that’s not what you said. Use the right tools for…

Geneva Oil Paint non review

Readers have asked why I don’t have a review of Geneva brand oils in my Oil Paint reference. The short answer is that I haven’t used their oils. The longer answer is a little more complicated; I have no intention of trying this brand. I know. I’m someone who has repeatedly claimed to be ready…

Sketchbooks

I keep sketchbooks and doddle-books. Sketchbooks are for quick sketches where freshness and directness are important. Sketches can be simple or elaborate. Aaron Blaise is a good artists who has some YouTube videos about his sketchbooks and why he keeps them. If you are an artist or art student, keep a sketchbook. I also keep…

Turp? OMS?

There is a lot of confusion among artists about turpentine and mineral spirits. Some YouTubers promote Gamasol as an alternative to turpentine. One even recommends Gamsol as a natural substitute for mineral spirits.(?) This particular artist provides commercial seminars on oil painting! Turpentine is distilled from the naturally-occurring resin from fir trees. It’s been used…