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Turpentine diaries 4/15/18

Last week, I saw one of the better shows that I’ve seen in Cleveland.  Global Matrix IV at the Gallery at Cleveland State U  contains first-rate prints from contemporary European artists.  I plan to review the show later this week after I visit it one more time. Along 4th Street is poking along (ahem), although…

Stretching canvas

While it’s true that I didn’t learn anything about painting at art school, it isn’t true that I didn’t learn anything at all.  I learned a lot about printmaking, and I learned how to stretch canvases. That canvas-stretching skill has stood me in good stead.  I can’t think of a single instance when the technique…

Turpentine diaries 3/24/18

I am using Utrecht flake white these past several days.  I like it.  It has good covering strength and it’s decently priced.  While I like RGH better, RGH prices keep creeping higher.  Plus, a recently-purchased tube of raw umber is an oily mess.  The tube leaks oil and the oil spreads like a small lake…

Turpentine diaries 3/4/18

The one thing I dislike about my current studio is that it doesn’t have north-facing windows. The direct, late afternoon light makes taking photos a challenge. I took a photo of Trip to Playhouse Square, but the photo had so much surface noise I couldn’t share it. After a good session yesterday, I was able…

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…