Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pseudo Oil Ground

If you like working on an oil ground but don't want to deal with the time or mess of oil grounds, here's a good solution.

The following recipe will: 
  • Create a "higher" surface
  • Keep the colors more true upon drying
  • Cause less drag on your brush
  • Create what I consider to be a "brighter" surface 
  • Will not effect the long-term adhesion of your paint
1/3 damar varnish (in solution, Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher etc.)
2/3 turpentine or Gamsol

Mix these well and keep them on hand in a well-marked jar.  Apply one coat to your gessoed surface with a soft brush or disposable foam brush.  It will be dry and ready to paint on in less than half an hour.

You can play with the proportions, but any more damar varnish than is indicated will make your surface frustratingly slippery.  If anything try a little less varnish -

Happy painting!!!


Purple Trees.... Amazing....

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Work now at the Hui No' eau

I'm Thrilled and Honored to have my work included with all of the other phenomenal artists at the gorgeous Hui No' eau Gallery on Baldwin Avenue in Makawao, Maui!  Thank you Keri!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Adirondack Juniper

This is another posting expedition with one of my favorite paintings- a lot has changed on Blogger since I used it last.  I'm enjoying the process of fashioning my blog...  quite an education.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fresh Blog Start Here...

Okay - since I couldn't do what I need to do on another blog hosting site, I've switched this back to Blogger -  I thought this pic was appropriate for Independence Day!