Category Archives: Tools and Materials

Hard Lesson

It’s not unusual for me to paint over old paintings. A little bit of sanding and an old painting is ready. I actually prefer it with oils because I use them opaquely. The paint handles nicely on the surface and I … Continue reading

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Big Watercolors

I’m back to doing big watercolors. These are 15×22″. I’m trying not to pay attention to specifics like fingers or folds in clothing. I just want big shapes and I’m trying to stay loose. I’d even like these to be … Continue reading

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New Plastic

My current pochade palettes are made out of standard plexiglass that I got at Home Depot or Lowes. It’s difficult to clean dried acrylic paint off of them, and it requires rubbing alcohol and a palette knife and a great … Continue reading

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Watercolor Faces

Here are a couple of faces from today. The likenesses are way off. I’ve been doing all of these in my lap. I need to get them on my table or easel. And I still need to consider making finished … Continue reading

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Chilly Start

A small one to start this morning. 5×8″ An eagle flew by as is typical for when I paint at this location. Then, a larger painting. 9×12″ Below is a little test. After seeing how much opaque color Andrew Wyeth … Continue reading

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Andrew Wyeth Studio

Today’s effort towards a better understanding of watercolors was a “field trip” to the Brandywine River Museum to study a bit from Andrew Wyeth. Living relatively close to the Brandywine collection for much of my life has been a treasure. … Continue reading

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New Half Box

acrylic, 8×10″  I bought a new half box. It was under $60. It’s one of the cheapo ones that everyone complains about. The wood does seem kind of cheap, so I gave it a good coat of oil and let … Continue reading

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Foggy Morning

Headed down to the river this morning. Nice and foggy. Tried to cut loose. Could’ve been looser but I’m happy with it. acrylic, 16×20″  On my way home I stopped in Columbia to throw some paint on this old painting … Continue reading

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Q&A

William Moore asked some questions in the comments and I thought I’d just make another entry to answer them. I’m always willing to answer questions. I have no closely guarded secrets and there isn’t as much info out there about … Continue reading

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Still not a believer

I keep wanting to like the pochade system. Really, I do. So much so that I built yet another box. This one holds up to 11×14’s and 12×12’s on the spring mechanism, and as small as 6×8’s. If I make … Continue reading

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