Above is a photo of 2 of 7 of the cedar shake pieces (Apologies for the lo-res and the noise, they are drying on my ‘kinckknacktionary’ resin table. Brooklyn = small apartments)
Painting again, oils: three sessions in a week. Feels natural and good (I missed the smell of linseed oil). I’ve been sharing my secrets with Zac. He’s a quick study; has an intuitive grasp of materials.
Above is yet another sneaky peak— this time at some modest but cute little nightscapes we’ve been creating to sell with an eye to raise funds for a trip to the Continent in the fall. I acquired a boxful of reclaimed cedar shakes a year or two ago; did the first triptych, then was at a loss as to how to hang or mount it reliably (odd shapes, balance). But we solved it with the world’s smallest screw-eyes (thank you internet) and some wire— voila! We’ve been painting more since.
There will be proper photographs and Etsy listings within a week or two.
I tend to paint in monochrome, duochrome; very moody and more like charcoal drawings made of paint. That’s my aesthetic. Although, when I do want some color, I like it to POP. Since I’ve returned to this practice, I’ve been thinking about the methods and techniques that I’ve acquired, learned, and tested over the years. Here’s my list of oil / acrylic / casein colors in order of usefulness and relevance.
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