Tag Archive for Studio Corner

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 1/7/18

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…

Turpentine diaries 11/12/17

Today’s session with Booth at the Fair is my 5th. By contrast, yesterday’s sessions with On the Square was the 20th and final one.  I have a long way to go with this painting.  It’s 44″ x 60″ but it feels larger, perhaps it’s the amount of detail or the eleven figures that make it…

Turpentine diaries 11/11/17

I finished On the Square then put down my brush and took a walk. Sometimes I have to get out of the studio to cure “studio blindness,” during which I lose my objectivity and focus instead on some narrow aspect of the painting. After a 45-minute walk, I returned to the studio and the painting…

Turpentine diaries 10/21/17

I finished Spring during my morning session.  I added a tiny little bit of sun-thickened oil to my usual medium.  A small amount of this oil dramatically affects the paint.  Sun-thickened oil, unlike stand oil (which I don’t like), maintains good handling qualities even when the paint is thinned to a gouache-like consistency.  Before starting, I applied…