Oceanic WIP and final

I started working on “Oceanic” as a commission, along with a second canvas as a contingency.  It can be difficult to specify commissioned work since I don’t paint pictures of things and my work involves directed random elements.  The directed … Read More

Retroreflection, baby!

A number of my recent acrylic paintings incorporate lenses and other optics.  These optics allow the painting to transition from depicting light and color to actually focusing, casting, and directly manipulating the ambient light in the room. (Purchasing information is … Read More

Oil paint as a polymer – drying

1.  That slooow drying oil paint Oil paint can take a long time to dry.   When it’s thinned with turpentine the turpentine evaporates quickly and the paint “dries”, but sometimes that layer can still be smudged.  What is it about … Read More

Viscosity, why does it matter?

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Oil paint thinning and thickening When we mix up oil paint, we sometimes make it thinner using turpentine or solvent so the paint flows more easily. Sometimes we thicken the paint using wax or impasto medium so that the texture … Read More

Viscosity, why does it matter?

posted in: science, science of art 0

Oil paint thinning and thickening When we mix up oil paint, we sometimes make it thinner using turpentine or solvent so the paint flows more easily. Sometimes we thicken the paint using wax or impasto medium so that the texture … Read More

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