New Year, New Painting
At the end of last year I decided it was time to go back to painting. During 2020 I made failed attempts; to be honest I have been failing at it for quite some time. I had lost interest, not in the process, but in the kind of work I was making. Things had become stagnant and predictable, and I became bored. Drawing was my new focus and it has been the reason why my following on Instagram has grown (two days ago I hit 40K). The more likes and follows I got the more drawings I made.
Slowly I began immersing myself back into painting. First by re-tubing old paint that needed salvaging, or by mixing colors. I looked at unfinished paintings to see if I could continue work on them or if I needed to scrap them. A 24x30 inch landscape I invested many hours in has been completely covered to make way for new possibilities on that linen. During 2020 I had also been listening to podcasts and picking up tidbits that could help me in my own work. An advice from a painter in an interview was to shake things up by introducing a new brush shape or size, or maybe a new color. I think the podcast with most significance in helping me get back to painting has been the Art Grind Podcast. Their recent interview with George O'Hanlon and Tatiana Zaytzeva awoke the interest I've had for art materials and their history. They spoke about their paint, the way it's made and the way it handles. I've always known about their paint being good and also being the closest we can get to the kind of paint the old masters used. Their oil colors are nothing but linseed oil and pigment, no other additives are mixed. I have used their paint before but only in small amounts, and mixed in with other modern color makers. So I decided to snap out of my painting funk and try a new color palette, and using mostly Rublev colors in one painting from beginning to end. So far this is working like magic and I am happy to report that my new painting is coming along nicely.
- White - mix of Rublev Lead White #1 and Williamsburg Titanium White
- Williamsburg Ultramarine Blue
- Rublev Chrome Ochre
- Rublev Vicenza Earth
- Rublev Lemon Ochre
- Rublev Hrazdan Yellow
- Rublev Ercolano Red
- Rublev Chrome Green
- Rublev Nicosia Green Earth
- Rublev Cyprus Burnt Umber (Warm)