Monday, September 25, 2006

Painting Medium

The wipe off method has some draw backs (no pun intended). For one thing, you must be careful when doing the preliminary drawing. It is very easy to leave finger prints in the wet paint. Of course, if I used a mahl stick that might help. Usually, I place my little finger on the canvas to hold my hand steady. That ends up leaving the mark.
I am beginning to really enjoy this wipe off method. Especially on masonite panels. The tonal changes are so subtle and the light is incredibly soft. Wouldn't it be something if I could paint using the same technique for one entire week? Miracles can happen!
I win the "dumb things painters do" award this week. Here's a hint. When doing the wipe off method it is a good idea to use very transparent paint when applying the color.... (Do you see my goof up yet?) Of course, I use medium to thin my paints.... (Anybody laughing yet?) Where is the medium I need to use? You guessed it! It's right there in the middle of my still life set-up.

Medium
8"x10"
oil on masonite
SOLD

This is my tribute to all my fellow daily painters. If you are like me you have gallons of these chemicals sitting in the studio. Mine could be declared a hazardous waste site. Don't you find it strange that we painters use such toxic materials to create beauty? Yet, where would we be without our beautiful chemicals in glass jars. I am aware of the water based oil paints. I have not tried them yet but someday I may experiment with them.
I was going to post the finished piece from Friday's post only I haven't yet finished it. Shame on me. Hey, but I get bonus points! I didn't mess with the background once on this painting. Time to celebrate.....where's my teacup?

11 comments:

Louis Boileau said...

Peter!!! Nice painting! I can't believe you did that today...look at my painting for today!

Louis Boileau said...

This is an excellent painting.

elaine k bond said...

Your cup of tea is at "twice a week " Mick mc Ginty's blog!
Very nice painting and very cool blog!

Anonymous said...

this is GREAT Peter, you get better every day (isnt that a song?)
I want to make a badge that I can award to the genuine daily painters(there seem to be a few who have jumped on the bandwagon just to sell stuff,) ...you definatly get one. Good work, again

Luis Colan said...

Love this painting. I love the way you've achieved light going through the glass. This may sound crazy but I love pictures and painting of artists studios and materials...its like artists' porn! LOL

Luis

J Matt Miller said...

I love the softness that this technique produces. Beautiful painting! Does it make the surface slimey and difficult to work over top of?

David said...

And I will add an award for the best background of the week! Heh heh. This is a beauty . . . the muted color range is the stuff dreams are made of. Okay, my dreams, anyway.

June Parrish Cookson said...

This is one of those paintings where I really miss using oils. I have a post about oils vs acrylics on my blog. Have used "Max" brands by Grumbacher but eventually returned to acrylics.

In any case, I like the reflections and texture you achieved on this lovely piece.

As to Daily Painters, still debating whether I want to take the leap.

ParisBreakfasts said...

WOW That's a beauty Peter!
I'm a sucker for glass paintings-the ole art of illusion. I'd love to spend a month or more just painting glasses of water...

PaintingEachDay said...

Peter, I love this painting so much! It's my favorite. Really gorgeous ...

Larry Seiler said...

I spend a good deal of time as a moderator to a number of forums on Wetcanvas.com helping artists, and what a treat for me to visit tonight and see your step by step wipe off method and take in or receive, rather than give out. I've been blessed tonight. Lovely!!!

Been trying a lot of experiments, some things I've read of Emile Gruppe and Edgar Payne. Might be fun to mess around with this too, reminds me of some of what Scott Burdick and a few others have done! Lovely effect!