Session #112, Work #111

I took a four hour Oil materials class at Art and Craftsman Supply in Seattle. The class was given by Jamie Bollenbach and was very informative.

The huge number of material options and possibilities is basically limitless for Oil painting and it really comes down to one thing, there is no absolute correct or incorrect way to paint in Oil. There are some good choices and some bad, but that really all depends on your goal. Here are some notes of a few things that I learned during the class

  • The price of paints mostly depend on amount of pigment in them or the rarity of the pigment.
  • A vehicle of Walnut or Poppy-seed oil is best for lighter colors, especially white.
  • To get a super intense color, you have to glaze or subdue the colors surrounding it, or both.
  • Walnut oil takes longer to dry.
  • Encostic painting is  basically painting where the vehicle use is wax.
  • A chalk and marble dust ground over rabbit skin glue is a much better surface to paint on, but it takes a long time to prepare.
  • When sizing with rabbit skin glue do not boil the glue.
  • When drawing on canvas with charcoal you can use a brush dipped in turpentine to move the charcoal around easy.
  • Bring a small lamp to class when you can to light your canvas/paper.
  • 1/3 Solvent, 1/3 Damar varnish, 1/3 Linseed oil: is my new favorite medium.

The painting was quick, I did a fast drawing without much rechecking at all. I then began a wash of the general color/value of each area with lots of medium. I then began adding in direct color with much less medium after the painting was covered. I continued to work in mostly paint right out of the tube with just a little medium until finished.

The Painting


The Setup

I didn’t take a photo of the still life, so no drawing comparison. But here is a look at the values. Interesting how the painting turns mostly all to grey.


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