Category Archives: painting techniques

Not diving any deeper, but getting pretty thick

These last two layers started with a coat of blue paint, but not just any blue. I have a favorite mix of green and magenta that produces my favorite blue. I know, you’re saying that combination can’t possibly make blue. … Continue reading

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Diving a little deeper

It’s starting to float between appearing cloudy or watery after the last two layers. Still not dark enough, so there will probably be at least two more layers, or maybe even three. This photo shows the two layers I brushed … Continue reading

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Your guess is as good as mine

Well, the magenta undercoat hasn’t totally disappeared but it has acquired some new color. I did a little test run by painting some magenta and yellow on a palette sheet and dropping other colors over it. I coded the test … Continue reading

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Sky Pads 29–Let’s get started

It almost looks like magenta rain. It’s got some yellow in it too, but the yellow got largely overwhelmed. No matter. It won’t make much difference in the end. This painting will be a bit of an echo of #27, … Continue reading

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Rooting around in an artist’s brain

I think I started this painting (Sky Pads 28) a little over a month ago. It should have been finished a couple of weeks ago but it insisted on raising issues I had no immediate answer for. So I did … Continue reading

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A mind of its own

If you have read this blog with any kind of frequency I’m sure you’ve seen me state more than once that I never know how a painting is going to turn out while I’m working on it. Well, this one … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day!

It finally got up to 75°F (24°C) today which is about the coolest temp I dare to pour my paint backgrounds for Sky Pads (this one is #28). The cooler it gets, the less the paint wants to separate out … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness

One of the things I had to reverse for Sky Pads 27 was my drawing. Since the background was so dark, I would never be able to see a projection of black drawing lines on it. So I flipped the … Continue reading

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It got dark all of a sudden

If you were in love with the poured paint initial version of this piece– I guess this latest version could be somewhat of a shocker. I’m sure it will be hard to convince you that the three coats of paint … Continue reading

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Back to work–Sky Pads 27

I’ve known for some time now what shape Sky Pads 27 was going to take. Mother Nature got in the way, so in spite of having stretched a canvas and chosen a source photo and a plan for the first … Continue reading

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