Sunday, January 15, 2012
"Coffee, Eggs, and Grapes" Oil on 6x6 inch panel
Above is one of my quick sketches with pastel pencil on gray paper, and below is an 8x10 inch canvas panel, that I divided into 4 spaces. In each space I tried something different. In one square I drew the still life with pencil on the gessoed surface, and sprayed workable fixative over it. After it dried, I painted it in. It was fun to do, but nothing that I thought made a big enough difference to me. And the paint is taking longer to dry in that square. A couple other squares I toned with some thinned raw umber, once dry I wiped some linseed oil onto the panel before I painted. That worked out ok, but I not a big difference there either. Some where along the way I mixed some turpentine, linseed oil and stand oil together, and used that to thin my paint a bit while I painted and that helped! And along the way I was also playing with the idea of only using black, burnt sienna, cad. yellow and white. So, I made little squares of mixtures I made with only those colors. It was fun to see all the different shades I could mix, and how different a color looked depending on the white or toned background. The little rows of 3 on each side of the divided line mirror each other, they are the same colors.