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 3/18/18

I had a lot of trouble this morning with the painting on the floor, Down on Prospect Avenue.  Why?  Who knows?  If I could see, I might be able to make good paintings. Things perked up after lunch and I made progress.  I think the head of the left-most figure is finished.  I like it…

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,…