The Schmid Painting Process

The Schmid painting process is super fun, and I finally picked the brand of paint that I will be using from until whenever. Tonight I have found the buttery Rembrandt paint to be superior, in my opinion, to the others I have tried.

I painted the same still life again. I wanted to test out the same process again while trying to keep a stronger focus on drawing and value, and not worrying about finishing a painting from edge to edge. I definitely didn’t fill the whole canvas with paint and if you look at the progression below you will see how slow I was working.

Schmid said it’s best to have multiple painting processes and to use the process that would best fit the subject or painting, but I must say that I really like this process of starting on the focus and working outward. Although you really have to be ok with not covering the canvas or devoting much more time to the painting. At the moment I’m ok with not filling the canvas with paint. I’m not really trying to make paintings here, I’m learning to paint, there is a difference.

Also, purchased some Rembrandt paints today. I found that the paints that I mixed to be more fluid were great, but their viscosity would vary from time to time and it would be almost impossible for me to keep the viscosity the same all the time. So, I wanted to try out paints that would have the buttery feel that I wanted plus the palette colors that I need and Rembrandt was said to do exactly that. I painted this entire painting in Rembrandt oil, plus I used a bit of Cadmium Red from Winsor Newton for the light side of the zen box.

From searching on the internet I found posts saying that the replacement for alizarin crimson in Rembrandt colors was Permanent Madder Deep, well, it may be a good replacement for alizarin Crimson but it is definitely not the same shade as the Winsor Newton alizarin crimson. I’m debating on returning it to the store and getting a different color in its place.

Anyway, bottom line, I’m going to be painting mainly with Rembrandt oils. Their viscosity is the best. They may not have a ton of pigment per tube, but I love the way that I can work them.

The Painting


The Setup


My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

Wow, lots of angles off again. It looks like boxes are a really good subject for getting drawing down perfect. I’m gonna have to include a cube/box like structure in all my paintings.



How can I improve the values?

I’m feeling like there are certain intense colors that you can either match their color or the value but not both in paint. The front of the zen box is straight cad red out of the tube and when I look at the still life the color is dead on, and super bright. But the value is too dark, same with the book also. I know if I added a bit of white to that red it would turn into a pink… maybe it needs to be a bit closer to orange, I can’t really tell cause the photo makes the red look like a neon sign.

With Previous Painting

Today’s painting and yesterdays painting next to each other.



Slow moving but it looks good and is very accurate.

Session Details