Turpentine diaries 3/11/18

I caught a cold or some such yesterday and, under its influence, I didn’t write my planned-for post.  Today, I am still under the weather but have roused myself to write a few lines. March is my least-favorite month.  The first warm days induce Spring fever.  Compelled outside by the bright sunshine only to discover…

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 2/25/18

I finished Three Women in Sandals (I know, I know–a lame name.  Three Women in Sandals is another painting in my Playhouse Square series.  It’s 44″ x 60.” By now, I’ve created a large number of paintings in the Playhouse Square series and I still plan several more.  I have not exhausted the subject–far from it. 

Review: Groves’ Cole’s Copal Varnish

My painting medium consists of oil, essential oil (turpentine), copal varnish, and driers.  I like my medium, and it’s suitable for everything painting-wise except a few corner cases.  For the corner cases, I add a small amount of this or that, depending on the case.  I like my medium, and I’m happy with it, but…

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 1/28/18

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…