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Where am I?

I haven’t posted in a month and some readers might be wondering if anything is up. Nope.  A vacation mixed-in with some other business has kept me away from my brushes. Breaks can be good; we all need to recharge our batteries.  But I am not a vacation-type guy. The thought of spending a day–let…

Turpentine diaries 10/7/18

Small paintings (this painting is 30″ x 40″) always take longer than I expect. Starting, I intend to keep it simple, but I’m always discovering more things to explore or problems to solve. I’m only successful with finishing studies quickly when I restrict myself to monochrome. Who knows when this painting will be done. I…

Turpentine diaries 8/26/18

I am happy with my painting medium, as I’ve written before, but I also like to kick the tires of new offerings. I wrote about my use of Grove’s Cole’s medium several times, noting how that the more I used it, the less I liked it. Eventually, I put it aside, storing it in the…

Turpentine diaries 6/24/18

The drawing on the easel in the following photo is lead on pastel paper.  I’d intended to highlight it with white but decided it was OK as it is. The painting on the easel, Woman in the Plum-colored Hat, is still newish, not many sessions yet. It’s 30″ x 40.” I was satisfied by today’s…

Turpentine diaries 6/17/18

The thing about this Fabriano drawing pad is I can work-up drawings with pencil or pen–my two favorite materials–without mess or fuss.  The really good paper I save for charcoal or pastel, but this paper is terrific for pencil drawing. This photo shows two recent pencil drawings on Fabriano bristol. This morning, I finished a…

Turpentine diaries 5/6/18

This photo shows Crossing after my 4th session. Nothing is close to being finished except the blue of the sky, ultramarine blue + cobalt blue + flake white. The broad range of scale among the figures is fun to paint. As an exercise, try changing-up the scale in your paintings.   

Turpentine diaries 1/14/18

I’m using a touch of a new medium today–Grove’s Cole’s varnish.  It’s a copal-based varnish, which makes it close–first cousin–to my normal medium.  I plan, after more work, to write a review, so I won’t linger over it today.   Phone Call on Main Street is close; almost finished.

Turpentine diaries 8/20/17

I finished drawing the cartoon for this painting yesterday and spent the morning transferring it to the canvas.  You can see the transferred cartoon in this photo. I spent the remainder of yesterday and all of today working on the new painting.  In this photo, the gray ground is still visible throughout the painting. Booth at…