Studio Corner

Discussion of current works on the easel.

Turpentine diaries 2/18/20

More Playhouse Square work.  This one is creatively titled Trip to Playhouse Square.  This (still) unfinished painting is 40″ x 50.”  I like the size and recently ordered enough stretchers for 9 paintings sizes 40″ x 52″ and 40 x 56.” Yesterday, I walked downtown by the lake and someone nearly hit me with their…

Turpentine diaries 2/11/18

This unfinished painting, Lunch Alone is 32″ x 46,” is part of the Playhouse Square series.  I like my medium a lot but I’m always willing to try new things, especially when they come from James Groves.  I’ve written before about how much I like his products, copal varnish, and Courtrai drier.  In yesterday’s session,…

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…

Turpentine diaries 12/31/17

One day in the park at Playhouse Square, I saw a young lady sitting alone and eating her lunch.  As usual, I was taking photos and I wanted to take some of her but I didn’t want her to freeze as people sometimes do when they see a camera.  So I asked if she would…

Turpentine diaries 12/17/17

I feel like Sisyphus. The batch of paintings that are working me over are all in mid-flight.  I keep rolling the rock uphill but I haven’t reached or even seen the crest of the hill.  Not only that, I’ve fallen backward with some of them–bah. The Press is 40″ x 50.” Studio corner with The Offensive in the…

Turpentine diaries 11/26/17

After flavoring my medium with additions for several days, today I used my normal medium.  I worked on this painting during both of today’s sessions.  When the painting surface is right, as with this painting, my normal medium is unbeatable.  What is a good surface?  I like smooth surfaces.  ‘Smooth’ means the canvas weave is…