New year, new paints, new paintings, new process

newpaints.jpgOh boy — new professional-grade paints arrived yesterday from Blick: Gamblin* oil colors in my basic palette! (And a free sample tube of Titanium White Alkyd!) Compositions and canvases were all ready… and today I started two new paintings: Winter Solstice, 30 x 24 in., and Watcher 1, 36 x 24 in. Both are still in underpainting stages (one simply tinted). I’m continuing to use Blick* student-grade oil colors for tinting, but I’ve added a couple of new pieces to my process: first, I’m giving up acrylics for tinting oil canvases: the colors just aren’t as translucent or luminous as oils. Second, I’m very roughly brushing in the painting subject in the tint — before gridding — as a first stage of the underpainting. I’ll correct the drawing in the values phase (as I have in Winter Solstice).

For several years now I’ve published albums of “progressives” — photos of and comments on my new paintings as they progress through various stages — on my “Artist/Designer” page on Facebook. But this year I’m going to try tracking that progress here on my blog, instead, in the form of galleries. My only puzzlement is how to let my blog followers know when a new photo has been posted in an established gallery. Hmmm. If you have a suggestion, please let me know!

*Neither Gamblin nor Blick Art Supplies has paid me for these endorsements. I just like them.

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4 thoughts on “New year, new paints, new paintings, new process

  1. Two tubes of alizarin crimson, neither one permanent? Otherwise, it looks like you have a really great palette. Cobalt violet isn’t one I see (or use) often but it can be really nice. :)

    1. I ordered one tube of alizarin crimson, but they sent two. Didn’t see a “permanent” listed. I use a lot of cobalt violet — sure, I could mix something like it, but it’s nice to have the consistent hue when mixing.

      1. I’m not sure about the regular (aka deep) cobalt violet, but I’ve read from a few knowledgeable sources that the light variety can’t be matched by mixing anything else. :)

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