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  • Re: WIP - Cinque Terre


    I put the roller in a ziplock bag or wrap in damp towel between coats.


  • Re: Weird Texture on my oil paintings


    Looking as closely as I can it seems that the white paint has all the roughness.

    What sort of brushstroke are you using - push, pull or scumble?

    Did you use clear gesso that dries with a toothy surface?

    Are you following the fat fat over lean rule?

    Keep in mind that polymers shrink as they dry, giving more prominence to the support texture and peaked ridges of oil paint.

    Roughness can be a desirable attribute in a painting. If that is not what you intend start with a smooth Ampersand Gessobord or Dibond panel. Lightly oil out before you start painting and get some SDM for your non Geneva paint.

    Are any of your colors past their use by date, slightly set up in the tube?

    Worth remembering that a few coats of varnish (or resin) will cover a multitude of sins.


  • Re: Richard's Blog


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    Vitamins and trace elements are more difficult to maintain.


  • Re: “FINISHED” WIP. Self portrait 10”x14” oil on linen panel


    I don’t know about easy, but you are making it look good.


  • Re: WIP - Tar Spot - 30cm x 42cm on aluminum

    PaulB and Summer

    ‘Sinking in’ is more a product of the surface character of the pigment after the polymer chains have formed. That is, the surface reflects light differently as it becomes dry and micro wrinkled.

    You can see the same process at play with acrylic paint: smooth, shiny and wet on application, powdery, matt and dry after twenty minutes.

    Sinking in was a real problem when gesso comprised chalk, pigment and glue. Nowadays with acrylic polymers it can be thought of as an impermeable plastic skin rather than an absorbent layer.

    I expect PaulB’s earth tones to ‘sink’ as usual.