Without missing a beat I have started working on another painting. Sometimes it takes me a while to start work after finishing a piece. This time around I'm not going to waist time, or make excuses for not getting work done every night. My night was some what disappointing. I tried making a painting medium of Austrian White Fir Turpentine and Sun Thickened Linseed oil, but for some reason, after adding the turp (turpenoid to be more exact) the medium became cloudy. I was very upset since I knew something had gone wrong. It was not supposed to turn cloudy. It was supposed to be a clear yellow. I left it overnight and found the medium less cloudy but with stuff settled at the bottom. Went to work on it again last night. Had to start the medium all over and hope that it wouldn't go cloudy again. This time I mixed the Sun Thickened Linseed Oil with thinner first and then added the Fir Turpentine, which is a balsam. I couldn't believe my eyes, it was clear. I started stirring the mixture and there it goes again! Turning murky. It looked like yellow milk. Very upsetting! I had to get rid of it and wash the glass jars I was using. I have given up on the Austrian White Fir Turpentine, I'll stick to Canada Balsam and Larch (Venetian) Turpentine. They don't get murky!
After my fiasco I was feeling a bit gloomy, thinking, "this is not my night!" I grabbed a Sean Scully book I had just bought a few days ago, Sean Scully Wall of Light, and was immediately inspired by his work. I set the book aside and went to work on this painting. On the first image you can see the first layer of paint, which is very light. After looking at Scully's work I decided to go dark. This still life of a Carrot on a White Dish will be an ode to Scully's Wall of Light paintings. I don't know why but I like the painting as it is. But I'm not thinking of leaving it that way. I'll have to wait and see where the painting goes. So far it's on point.