for Oil Painters
Sketching an Idea:
Sandra Bierman of Boulder, Colorado says that
she tones her entire canvas with a wash of color. She then proceeds
to "sketch" her idea for a painting on the canvas by drawing
into the wet color wash using a rag and by wiping out areas of lighter
Rapidly Capture Light and Shadows:
Grisaille refers to paintings done
in shades of gray. By using this method of painting outdoors I can
rapidly capture the fast moving light and shadows of a scene using
diluted oil paint. If I want a warm painting I will often use transparent
red oxide. For a cool painting I may use a blue tone. At this point
I do not have to worry about colors but only values. I then go back
and add color to the painting in a more leisurely fashion when I
have more time. Or I may take this painting back to my studio to
finish the color or use it as a study for a larger painting. By
not finishing the painting outside I can do several studies in the
course of a session and I can employ my creativity when the scene
is not at hand. If I want a painting just like the scene in front
of me why not take a photo instead!
Oil Your Oils:
For Oil Painters, "oil your oils".
Oil paint left on your palette or from a damaged tube can find long-term
housing in baby food jars, which are resealing and the perfect size.
Brush both the inside of a clean jar and the inside of the lid with
a dab of linseed oil. Load the jar with paints and coat the surface
of the paint with a dash of oil. This makes for a more secure seal
and fresher paint.
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