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post #1 of Old 07-25-2016, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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The next phase

So after taking up pencil drawing in September I think, and moving through colored pencils and acrylic painting it's time to amp it up and go traditional! Following @TerryCurley 's advice on buying paint, I'm now eagerly awaiting my M. Graham paint and mediums to come in the mail. I also ordered some Bob Ross liquid white which I don't think Terry uses. I'm looking forward to making perfect clouds with this stuff! We'll see. Anyway, watch for my latest trials and tribulations in this post. It should be fun. The paints are arriving on Tuesday!
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post #2 of Old 07-25-2016, 11:11 AM
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Oh Cool! I'm betting you are going to like using oils, at least I hope so after I've been raving about them. Be sure to keep an old rag or something to wipe your brushes while painting. There is little need to be cleaning the brushes while painting, just wiping it off on the rag is usually all that is needed. Remember to put very little blobs of paint on your pallet. A little Oil paint goes a lot further than acrylic, and you don't want to waste considering the cost.

As for Liquid White...I've used it.....but not much. I still have the original bottle I bought Jan. 2015. I find that the Liquid white (I'm using Wilson Bickford brand instead of Bob Ross) prolongs the drying time to the point of frustration...sometimes taking 4 or 5 days before I can add the next layer. Instead what I do is take the Walnut Alkyd Medium and mix it with Titanium White making it very loose.. the consistency of liquid white and use that. Then when you paint the sky to blend it works as well as the liquid white but your sky will dry in a day so you can add trees without making mud. I believe that liquid white is Lindseed Oil mixed with Titanium white. I would suggest since you have the Liquid White you add a few drops of the Alkyd Medium to speed up the drying.

Another technique that I really like to do is to first seal the whole canvas with a very light coat of the Alkyd Medium. I spread it on with a brush then wipe it with a paper towel so only a light coating is on the canvas. This helps a lot with the blending and it also keeps the canvas from sucking up the paint.



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How do you maintain your palette at the end of the day?

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My first experience with it this morning, about a half hour. It wasn't until I put a few drops of walnut oil or alkyd, I really don't remember which, that I found the paint spread like a dream. For some reason I was painting over an ocean scene and got a really purple color going, eeek, what was I thinking! So I tried to change it back to blue with no luck. Guess I'll have to wait for it to dry before I can change it.

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How do you maintain your palette at the end of the day?
I usually don't save it. I start fresh the next day.

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My first experience with it this morning, about a half hour. It wasn't until I put a few drops of walnut oil or alkyd, I really don't remember which, that I found the paint spread like a dream. For some reason I was painting over an ocean scene and got a really purple color going, eeek, what was I thinking! So I tried to change it back to blue with no luck. Guess I'll have to wait for it to dry before I can change it.
Wait...No...all you have to do is take a paper towel and wipe it off. I've done it a million times. After you wipe you can go over it with a paper towel with a little mineral spirits on it. Good Luck, looking forward to seeing it.



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Awesome Terry! I'll see if I can do that when I get home from work. I I have a lot to learn.
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I'm slowly working my way through a painting of my girls sitting on a bench facing away and out towards the bay. One of them is wearing a wedding dress. So I don't have to worry about too much detail but the proportions must be right and easily recognizable, for my family at least. I have it all kind of blocked in and I decided one of the heads was too fat so I started trying to erase the edges. What a mess I made. I'll definitely have to repaint the surroundings after I fix the head.

How do I erase without making a mess.

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I took a few minutes to experiment with tracing. I made my own paper using a charcoal stick. I already know that if I take my time and do it free hand, I can get pretty close but it takes much longer than I want to spend. I want to get to the painting, period. This is the boat that I originally wanted to paint in the weekly art thing we had a while back. I switched to a much easier boat for drawing sake and never got it done. The whole thing was crap. I needed this boat to make it right. I also need to paint some prototypes before getting to the actual painting to work out the bugs and tracing will make this much easier.

This is not going to be my next painting but just an example of how easy it is to start with a tracing. This took all of 10 minutes including rubbing the back of the paper with charcoal.

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I'm totally new to oils after painting with acrylics for the last 10 months. I'm used to having a a couple of large jars of water to regularly clean my brushes. I recently bought M. Grahm oil paints that come with a small jar of walnut oil and walnut alkyd. Do I just slosh my brush in the jar until it's so polluted it's no longer useful? I don't think so.

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I'm slowly working my way through a painting of my girls sitting on a bench facing away and out towards the bay. One of them is wearing a wedding dress. So I don't have to worry about too much detail but the proportions must be right and easily recognizable, for my family at least. I have it all kind of blocked in and I decided one of the heads was too fat so I started trying to erase the edges. What a mess I made. I'll definitely have to repaint the surroundings after I fix the head.

How do I erase without making a mess.
I use Q-tip swabs



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