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Sunny December studio

Sunshine has been rare in NE Ohio. The sunlight lighting the studio is cherry and warming–and winter has barely started. Yes, I have five computers on my desk. I am using three of them to investigate Linux distributions–CentOS, Manjaro, and Ubantu. I spent the morning drawing, then applied an oil ground to a new canvas,…

Turpentine diaries 10/28/18

Keep fresh It is certainly important to keep fresh eyes. I’d planned to write more about this important topic but I’ve missed my usual posting date, so if I don’t post soon, it will be stale.;-) This painting, Sub Rosa (36″ x 48″) is in the final, touch-up phase. When paintings get to this stage,…

Turpentine diaries 10/22/18

Normally in my Turpentine Diaries posts, I include a photo of an unfinished painting after having worked on it. As regular readers know, I’m not shy about criticizing my work–far from it! There are always things that bother me; problems that need addressing. While I frequently whine about these problems in a general way, I…

Homemade-drying walnut oil

I wrote before about the drying linseed oil I prepared. I decided to continue my investigations by preparing some drying walnut oil, the results of which you can see in the accompanying photograph. The walnut oil is clearer than the linseed oil and has the same excellent handling qualities. How did I prepare it? I…

Turpentine diaries 9/23/18

Down on Prospect Avenue? Prospect Avenue? Prospect? Down on Prospect? The latter is the name I plan to stick with. This painting is almost finished. My habit is to put away an almost-done painting and leave it alone until I can see it with fresh eyes. One or two more sessions should be enough.  …

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 8/19/18

For today’s session with Lunch Alone, in addition to my usual medium, I used ‘flavored’ turpentine for my solvent: turpentine with some homemade drying oil, plus drops of Courtrai siccative. Readers of my blog know I post a lot about mediums and other arcane elements of art making. If you want to start experimenting with mediums,…

Turpentine diaries 8/18/18

I am keeping everything simple and direct with The Woman in the Red Pants. Overworking can be death to a painting.  On the other hand, I have a horror of the blast, fire, shoot, throw, and fling army of ala prima painters who’ve taken over the Art World, at least the ‘figurative’ part of it. …