Comment posted May 4, 2012 regarding A Weight of Blue Sky (9 replies)
LOL i didn’t quite understand all of that. Was it really for reagen? And where does the stroganoff come in?! Hey I’m still working on my tempera. The white layer is getting much. Better but my glazing is terrible – so streaky looking. The tanspare ts are so lean they seem to need some solvent instead of medium. Any suggestions?
Great perspective for the viewer – makes me feel as though I ma spying on the beleaguered walker…
Bijan, I am using Kolinsky Sable. I tried some fitch and mongoose but I think the kolinsky should be the best of them. I could not get rid of my blotches and streaks. I did read the the blotches are because of the texture in the paint or canvas. Yes – I did work on top of a medium texture canvas which had a painting I short circuited. I did bring the painting to Mission Viejo’s “Arts Alive” this weekend and shared it in process and everyone loved it anyway. But, I will try again with another tempera layer. Suggestions for glazing, welcomed!!!
Have you tried any smooth surfaces as opposed to the medium texture canvas? Have you tried smooth wood? Or linen?
Thanks for the ideas Bijan. The problem isn’t so much the texture of the surface, it is a problem with thinning the paint properly and the medium. I just heard of a master style medium that Shay Davis uses. But, I forgot the name. He says there is only one place to to order in the U.S. and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it (when I find out the name!)
I’d be very suspicious of labeled mediums. You should control what goes into your medium. Since I learned that Rembrandt just used stand oil and turps, I’ve used it. Very easy to control, thick or thin, dries fast, and lasts centuries. The resins can be a problem, and I don’t trust the newer ‘plastic’ mediums.
“Maroger” meduim – black oil and mastic. OMG…I started reading up on it. Now I am so confused and disorientated. LOL Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get to the painting part. It takes so much time to learn about these things. Suppose I missed the time to study w/ a master. Shay said the Maroger makes the neo megilp look like crap. Thought I was headed in the right direction with the megilp. My french painter friend demands the only REAL glaze medium is a recipe he sent over with damar varnish, turp and stand oil. Don’t want to go use the damar. I think I’ll try some stand oil, megilp and turp today. (if I ever can get off the dang computer ;-)