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Turpentine diaries 6/16/19

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to watch me paint but–believe it or not–I get asked to do session videos with some frequency. So I taped some of my session with Directions. Directions is my newest painting and it’s still raw but, hopefully, viewers will find the video useful. I’ll post the video as…

Turpentine diaries 5/5/19

I had 2 more sessions with Troopers. That’s 7 sessions. Am I half-way through (12 sessions is par for me for paintings of this size)? I think so, yeah. I used some of my homemade drying oil in today’s session. I recorded a video review of Rublev’s sun-thickened oil in which I compared it to…

Turpentine diaries 4/20/19

This photo shows my new painting, Troopers, after 4 sessions. I’ve covered the canvas with paint, and now I’m putting it aside to dry. I typically need 12 sessions to finish a painting of this size. I am in a fury of work. I’m finishing the designs for four canvases similarly-sized, and starting the drawings…

Turpentine diaries 4/7/19

Crossing is part of the Main Street Series. I had several long sessions with it just now but I have no idea when I might finish it. Soon I hope. There are 17 figures or parts of figures in the 44″ x 60″ space. Every figure is well below lifesize. I am working on the…

Turpentine diaries 3/31/19

I finished a couple of paintings during the past several days, including the one in the left-hand background of this photo. I also had my second session with the painting on the easel, Portrait of a Man in Sunglasses. Recently I’ve been using Doak’s flake white. Like everything from Doak it’s excellent paint.

Come on, RGH

I support the paint maker RGH by regularly buying their paint. RGH prices are drifting higher off their initial lows, but their paint is still among the best value on the market–decent stuff at affordable prices. One way RGS keeps prices down is by providing large sizes in jars. Unfortunately, jar-stored paints dry faster–much faster–than…

Turpentine diaries 3/17/19

As I get older, my memory gets better and better–I remember less and less. 😉 One thing I am really good at it is forgetting. Forgetting is a most useful skill, I find. I worked all day on a small painting and finally put down my brush from mental exhaustion. Then my eye caught this…

Turpentine diaries 3/10/19

I’m a little tired this evening so I’ll keep this diary entry brief. Fork, after 4-5 sessions, is moving out of the under-painting stage. I restrict the under-painting to thinly-applied darks and local colors, which preserves the drawing. I spend a lot of time on the drawing. Other news: I plan a video review of…