Studio Views

I like to capture all different perspectives of my studio. One of my favorite places to look is in my little hallway, that opens into a larger room. 

 

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Studio View with Hallway, 12 x 12..oil on panel.  

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End of Day Light, December

As the light changes so quickly, the afternoon light here in my studio is spectacular. Here is an image of roses from the weekend. 

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Orange Roses, December Afternoon. 14 x 11. Oil on panel.

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Stages of a Painting

Every painting goes through stages. I don’t have a formula for mine, but sometimes there are patterns. Rarely do I draw everything out...and often I never draw. Just guidelines. 

 

Here is an example of a painting in progress. It’s not finished but I like where it is heading. 

 

Tulips and Rose, 24 x 30. Oil on panel.  

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October Colors

One of the nicest things about October is grey. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy crystal clear blue skies and crisp, cool air. But I love how overcast, smokey grey days enhance fall colors. They become rich, full hues and offer a visual vacation from the eternal green of summer. 

here are a few small paintings from the weekend:


 October 2, 12 x 16, oil on panel.

October 2, 12 x 16, oil on panel.

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October 1, 8 x 8, oil on panel.  

 

Wrapping Up My Paint

The question I get asked, almost more than any other one, is “how to you keep your oil paint workable?” Oil paint is expensive, so the question is understandable!

There are two ways I keep my paint workable for a bit longer, one for plein air painting, and one for my studio paint. Both have one thing in common: Stretch-Tite! At the end of the day in my studio, I clean my glass palette with a razor blade, thinner, and towel, and use a knife to put the paint over to the side. Once there and clean, I lay a sheet of Stretch-Tite over it and seal the edges, removing as much air as possible. The paint usually stays pliable for a few days, depending upon the original paint’s oil content.

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If I am plein-air painting? Sam-eish method. Clean the palette, keep the paint to the side, and wrap it in Stretch-Tite. One extra step: put it in the freezer! The paint stays pliable until the next time I paint outside. The downside? I forget I put the palette in there.

Why Stretch-Tite (I’m not getting paid for this)? Because it actually sticks! I don’t know of another plastic wrap that actually adheres to a palette surface. I find Stretch-Tite at Market Basket, otherwise, it seems like it is a little hard to come by. Where do you find yours? If you have other ways to protect and save your oil paint, let me know!

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