Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking to a New Year!

Commerce!  The buying and selling of trade. I will now be
offering one of a kind gilded frames and art through my
blog.  Starting the first of the year. I'll keep you posted.

Oil painting by Gerome. Courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oil primed surfaces

This is my first result painting on an oil primed surface. I used only one brush,(which is a no-no) but I just wanted to lay down some paint.

I now see a whole different animal. This is fun but the paint acts a bit different. I like
it. I need to explore more. Good thing I have a few more panels to paint on. I now
understand about "make a brush stroke and leave it."
There isn't a stitch of snow outside, but am eager to get out and plien air the neighbor
5"x7' oils, on oil primed surface.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to..

For the past several years, I have been painting on
gesso'd boards. I make them myself from a recipe
I'd learned  from gilding.
They are very absorbent, and would allow me to work
in the "fat over lean method of painting. 

But there's been talk from folks about oil primed surfaces.
They say it makes a difference, and to try it out.

I've had this underpainting white for many years. I stopped
using it because it set so fast. Also with the bottle of
artist medium, it set quick also.

I went ahead and mixed the underpainting white with the medium. It mixed like taffy,
but soon had it buttery enough to trawl on with a palette knife.

I will try this oil primed surface out and let you know how it works!

Friday, December 9, 2011


An old friend stopped by to paint, so I caught/ did this pose of my cat. He moves  a lot!

James Gurney did a post about an artist that painted farm animals. They don't pose, so
 it's a good practice.(They move around a lot)
I love my cat. I wonder if I could paint him from memory?