Shop Talk

Discuss the nuts and bolts of creating art

Turpentine diaries 1/28/18

I’ve written several times about the oil paint manufacturer RGH.  No, I don’t have a relationship with them, it’s just that I use their product a lot.  Their flake white is my current go-to white.  They also sometimes send me free paint when I order from them, such as the jar of blue ochre on…

Turpentine diaries 1/21/18

I was going to write about some medium-related topics today but I am tired and want to keep this brief. Today’s sessions with Down on Prospect Avenue were filled with pushing and pulling.  Not struggling but pounding things into shape: somethings lighter; somethings darker; somethings cooler; somethings warmer–you get the picture (no pun intended). I…

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 1/7/18

I worked on Booth at the Fair these past two days.  It’s starting to move my way.  I can struggle with paintings for a variety of reasons, sometimes technical, sometimes who knows what.  This painting hit a groove straightaway and began to slide into place, except I didn’t want it to go that direction.  Now, like…

Painting nuts and bolts

My homemade palette has provided good service for several years. It has enough room to muck about in, but it’s not so large that it’s difficult to move or clean.  I converted the glass-framed reproduction I found at a secondhand shop into an everyday palette by removing the print and then painting the backing a middle…

Turpentine diaries 11/25/17

Yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful at our house.  We had three of our children here to share my wife’s delicious turkey and stuffing. Daughter Jane baked an apple pie, and son Keith made deep-fried mac and cheese.  The latter was something I’d never eaten.  Everything was excellent and, for once, I didn’t eat too much. This morning…

Wonderful sun-thickened oil

I’ve written about my everyday-medium plenty of times.  I frequently modify my medium for certain situations.  Sometimes, for example, I add a little Venice turpentine to the regular turpentine I use in my medium.  I add a very small amount of the sticky Venice turpentine to the medium. Other times, I add a small amount of sun-thickened…

Turpentine journal 11/19/17

Upsidedown. It’s useful to look at your paintings in mirrors or upsidedown, as I’ve down here.  The old rule-of-thumb maintains that a painting should be balanced when looked at normally and in a mirror.  That old rule-of-thumb still holds as far as I’m concerned.  Three Women in Sandals, part of the Playhouse Square series, looks OK…