Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Been painting in fits and starts as my kids are out of school. We're having fun swimming, hiking etc... In between I'm working on a new series of paintings - images coming in the next couple of months. Also doing a bit more signage etc.
Don't remember the last time I mentioned this, but for anyone interested in digital art - take a look at Procreate. (The iPad version - though the iPhone version is quite useable). It's easy to find on the app store. For less than $10 it's the deal of the century. I noticed just now it doesn't have great reviews, but I cannot imagine why. I use it for many things - including painting. (I also use it on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil)
A couple of the terrific uses for Procreate in painting: it's super easy to turn your image upside down in Procreate to get a fresh perspective on drawing and values. It's also great for isolating a color from a reference photo that may be giving you grief. You can easily see the hue and value by picking it directly from the photo with your finger and it compares that color with the last color you looked at so you can see the relative difference between the two.
Hope you're getting lots of painting in! Thanks for reading my blog - Much appreciated!!
Sunday, April 30, 2017
From a bottle of raw "Flora" brand edible flax oil through three washes and four rinses - two cups of oil has become one cup of sun-thickened drying oil. I'm loving using it! It's a about half as thick as stand oil and takes a little more time to oxidize - a day or so. It smells amazingly fresh - like cucumbers and linseed oil combined. The pics below are from the process.
At times it was looking pretty gnarly and I was seriously wondering if it would ever amount to anything.
The pic above is mid process before clearing and thickening in the sun. It just glowed...
This pan was set out in the sun every day for two weeks to thicken and clear the oil. You can see a little calcium carbonate cloud on the bottom left from the last wash to neutralize the acid content. As you can see in the first pic I was careful to not transfer that to the finished product.
The second batch got it's final rinse today and will go out in the sun in the above pan as soon as the sun comes out here.
All of the directions for doing this yourself are on Tad Spurgeon's amazing web site by the same name. His book is called "Living Craft" which you can also find on his website. I absolutely cannot recommend it Highly enough!!! It's a phenomenal book - a comprehensive reference book really - with an incredible amount of information that's not on his website.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Oil vs. acrylic gesso grounds: The panel of swatches on the top is an acrylic ground with various paint manufacturers represented. The bottom panel is oil ground with the same manufacturers paints, though different pigments. The top swatches all seeped oil over the surface of the acrylic ground. The oil in the swatches on the oil based ground all stayed exactly the same. Interesting....
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
It was such a delight and an honor to share studio space this weekend in Deb Lynch's gorgeous brand new studio with both Deb and Patti Guildersleeve! We had a fantastic weekend! Met lots of amazing people and had so much fun talking story. As usual - I learned much. Already can't wait for next year -