I don't squint as much as I should. Actually, what I do is kind of weird (and I don't endorse it), I slightly cross my eyes while closing one eye. This gets rid of all the details, and I can focus more on color and value. I don't know where I picked this habit up, but I do it constantly without even realizing it anymore. But for some reason, squinting, or doing the crazy cross eyed thing, helps with almost every aspect of painting. It seems so simple but it really seems to push everything else out and allow us to focus. It is an invaluable tool.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My internet has been acting a little funky. I painted this yesterday, but could not post it till now.
I was asked what boards I use. I actually don't buy canvas boards or panels from an art store. I think they are nice, but I have always been in the habit of just cutting and priming boards myself. I generally use MDF (but I think I am going to switch to Masonite). I try to put at least three coats of gesso using a seven inch squeegee so that I can get a nice smooth surface to paint on. This is the way I was taught how to prep boards, and have done it ever since. Sometimes on the last top layer I will lay the board flat on the ground and spray a thin film of water on top and let that dry. Once that is dry, the surface is usually really smooth...except for the time I went back outside and found twelve little gnats stuck to the nice white surface.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I cleaned out our storage unit recently and came across an old painting I painted a few years ago. I thought it would be fun to recreate the painting. The old one below is 24"x20", and probably the only time I have painted an object that small so large. I thought the colors were non conventional but still intriguing.This old painting is pretty beat up...Maybe I should take care of my older paintings.