Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Day 5 "Gullagain"

Day 5 | 2016 | 30 in 30

I haven't quite figured out a title for this one so for now its

6x6” oil ($50)

Yesterday' painting almost painted itself.  That usually means the next couple of paintings I try too hard and struggle.  Does it ever get any easier?  I guess then it wouldn't be a challenge.   One of the things I hope to come away with after painting 30 paintings is to paint faster and more efficiently.   I know that's when I paint my best.  Sounds simple but its anything but!  

I am painting on Gessobord, experimenting using a scrapper not only to remove paint, but to draw with in the paint.  

Art Tips

cardboard backing

As much as I enjoy painting on Gessobord, it is hard to handle without getting my fingers in it.  For larger pieces, I cut out a "backboard" from 1/8" Masonite an add a 1/4" lip on the bottom.  For the daily smaller pieces I don't need a bunch of little Masonite backboards so I decided to cut them out of cardboard.  Just cut a piece about 2" larger than your board (don't worry about exact sizing, my cardboard backing is 8x8ish for working for these 6x6s").  Then I hot glue a ledge piece to the bottom to stabilize the cardboard and keep the gessobord from sliding.  Role a couple of pieces of blue painter's tape to hold the Gessobord on the cardboard.  Works like a charm.  I recommend once you finish the painting and if you leave it attached to the backboard you store/dry laying flat .  Otherwise, remove and put the panel in a drying rack. 


I took a great workshop with QIANG HUANG.  He recommends spreading a very light coat of linseed oil on your board or canvas before beginning to paint.  I like the way the paints goes on.  Just don't forget to wipe it down before you start painting so you don't have too much Linseed oil on it or your paint will run.  Once I wipe it down I am toning the boards with Transparent Oxide Orange (Rembrandt).  It blends nicely with the lighter paints applied over it.  Something I learned from DREAMA TOLLE PERRY is if you put down just transparents first for your first layer, they will not get muddy.


"wipe out" drawing


Rather than draw with pencil, charcoal or conte crayon I'm drawing with a wipe-out tool.  I have different types, but I really like the Kemper Wipe Out Tool DREAMA recommends.  It is actually a ceramic tool so the rubber tips are a bit stiffer and it has a tip on each end which is handy.  Great thing about drawing with the wipe out tool is if you don't like something you just brush it out and redo.  



laying in the paint

The thing I'm struggling with painting wet into wet is getting really good darks.  Hopefully, after a few more paintings I'll figure it out. Looking at this now, I'm kind of wishing I'd left the background more tonal ... I like the effect. 


  1. Beautiful painting, and I love all the tips! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Thank you. It's fun learning new things and sharing.

  3. Sweet Painting and well done!!! Great blog post! Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Thank you. I hope you found something you might be able to use one of these days.

  4. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing. I think I'll try that wipe out tool. :)