Tag Archive for unfinished paintings

Turpentine diaries

I got Along 4th Street on the easel yesterday and had some good sessions. I used walnut oil instead of linseed.  I find myself reaching for the walnut oil instead of the linseed more often. I picked up several drawing pads. I have a pile of good, loose paper but ran out of pads. Strathmore…

Turpentine diaries 5/27/18

The Woman in Red Pants is not over-large so I finished the underpainting, shown here, in 2 sessions. The Woman in Red Pants is 36″ x 48.”  We live in a great time when information about nearly every subject is at-hand, right?  Create a battery?  Create an electric motor?  Build a house?  There is also…

Turpentine diaries 4/28/18

This photo shows my first painting session with Agamemnon and Orestes.  I know, I know, a bit high falutin but I am reading Aeschylus’s Eumenides.  Agamemnon and Orestes is 44″ x 60.” I mentioned that I prefer white grounds these days, but I am always preparing canvases, which means I have some prepared months ago,…

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…

Turpentine diaries 4/1/18 Easter

This is a photo of two paintings I started today.  That is, I started applying paint to the canvases today; drawing started several days ago.  So, this shows the underpainting where I’m just covering the surface with paint.  Both paintings are 30″ x 40.” I’m still using the Utretcht lead white, their Flemish white.  It…

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 3/4/18

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…