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Category Archives: oil paint
I find commission work, or painting on demand, very different than painting for myself. I spend most of my time creating for myself, exploring something that I find interesting, a medium or color or an idea. Commission work is usually … Continue reading
I support our local small art stores 99% of the time; This week reminded me of WHY I shop small business, and why YOU SHOULD TOO. I have used Golden Gesso many times in my life, but never paid attention … Continue reading
In my other life (the one that pays the bills), Mitchell and I own a conservation business which conserves (restores) antiquities, both private and institutional. I do a lot of finish (painting, shellacking) work in our business, as well as … Continue reading
In my other life (the one that pays the bills), Mitchell and I own a conservation business which conserves (restores) antiquities. I do a lot of finish (painting, shellacking) work in our business. The DAR approached us to recreate the … Continue reading
I am also a conservator, and we have the charge to recreate the first flag of the State of Washington. I will be creating the painted medallion on the flag, and doing the hand stitching (endless), and Mitchell is recreating … Continue reading
NOTE: This is from our MPF Conservation website but thought that some of you might enjoy! I am reproducing the first Washington State Flag for the DAR. I might’ve struggled through and trail and error and testing on many phases, … Continue reading
As I move along for the next couple of months my posting habits will change: I have a PAINTING project in our business that is in oil paint. The DAR is commissioning a formal reproduction of the Washington State Flag. … Continue reading
I started out to do a little post on painting one of our chairs. Then I realized I was posting about a chair I had also painted — so figured I should post about both restoration, painting the chair and … Continue reading
Ultramarine blue is one of those amazing electric colors that you want to fall into. I first fell in love with the crayola color, then Golden Acrylic’s Ultramarine Blue Deep Hue. It was my go-to blue! Ultramarine blue was originally … Continue reading
I had no idea what granulating paint was until I began using watercolors. And you have to know or you get wonky things happening that you didn’t want, like the funny paint around Frank’s nose, below. Notice how most of … Continue reading
I’m talking toxicity versus environmentally friendly and how to read labels. Above are three labels: Golden’s “AP Nontoxic”, Gamblin’s information label stated clearly, and an older tube of Cotman Cadmiun Red that shows a Health Label requiring no labeling (again, … Continue reading
I discovered asphaltum when I was conserving/restoring two dozen pieces of Mason Monterey furniture for the National Park Service. Being a painter who up until that time primarily used acrylics, I had never heard of it before. Asphaltum (also called … Continue reading