Archive: May 2013

Clean slate

I was taught to clean my palette each day after painting. Needless to say, I have never gotten in the habit of that, which is why every few weeks I find myself having to do this.


For an oil painter, your medium is very important. You depend on it both to create different effects with paint, like thin glazes, and to protect the paint itself. For years I used a traditional medium involving equal parts linseed oil, turpentine, and damar varnish, often with a few drops of cobalt drier. My studio… read more

The no pain picture show

I was catching up on This American Life this week and caught this great one from April 21, Picture Show, which presented a broad range of stories in which getting a picture gave someone the upper hand. The last story was about artists who had been approached by a man in England who claimed his… read more