Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Still Life In Oils WIP
I began working on an 11" x 14" Ampersand panel by sketching in the subject with charcoal, then blocked in the darks first. I was really enjoying laying a stroke down and stepping back then I became carried away at the end of the day and took a brush and softened everything, which became over blending. I'm trying to teach myself new habits such as laying a stroke down and leaving it, but am finding that old habits are quite difficult to break.
The color palette is Utrecht Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue, M. Graham Dioxazine Purple, WN Permanet Rose, M. Graham Cad. Red Light, Holbein Alizarin Crimson, M. Graham Transparent Red Oxide, WN Yellow Ochre, Rembrandt Cad. Yellow Light, Permelba White. I am using is M. Graham Alkyd Medium, which helps with drying, as I am trying to stay away from materials that could combust.
I may have to break down though and use a different medium as a couple of the oils are so stiff that it feels like I am fighting the paint. I think those tubes of stiff paint must be quite old. The brushes are cleaned at the end of the day using Goop then washed thoroughly until the water runs clean.