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TM8700 From Here to There 36x40 oil onpanel

TM8700 From Here to There 36×40 oil on panel

Nine of my large coastal paintings will be featured in a show at Galerie Sono in South Norwalk, Connecticut.  The paintings can be previewed beginning November 7th, with the opening reception November 19th from 6-9pm. The exhibit will be up through December 10th. Waves, marshes, and lots of spray…….gallery link in the menu to the right.

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  1. Beautiful serene image. I wish I could spend some time with you to learn how you get such depth of color. Good luck with the exhibition, I hope you sell them all on the first day!

    • Thank you Fritz. A few thoughts on color – I try to think like a watercolorist, using transparent pigments whenever possible to layer glazes, thus letting light penetrate the layers and reflect back off the white ground. The juxtaposition of transparency with a few touches of more opaque paint has the effect of creating depth and almost a shimmer. I studied cloisonné for a short time in college, and always loved the depth of color achieved with fused glass on copper. Both cloisonné and watercolor maximize the effects that can be achieved with transparency. Among the pigments I use are Wiinsor/Newton transparent maroon, gold ochre, dioxazine violet, transparent iron oxide, ultramarine blue, thalo blue, napthol red, hansa yellow, Prussian blue, and the quinacridones. Liquin (original, and sometimes impasto) are the mediums I rely on for the glazing and manipulation of color. I apply a glaze to the painting at the start of each work day, then apply more glazes (with a soft watercolor mop) throughout the day.

      • Thanks so much Teri for taking the time to provide some information. It is really interesting for me – I did watercolor for a long time, and switched to oil so that I could paint larger and without the need for glass. But alas, that deep vibrant color has eluded me often in oils!
        If you don’t mind – 3 more questions: Since you apply more glazes on the same day – is the first glaze dry enough after a few hours already? Do you work on several paintings on the same time? How long does a painting typically take you?

        I can imagine you are quite busy with the exhibition, so no worries if you cannot reply. All the best!

      • Hi Fritz. To answer your questions, I find I can apply a glaze over a wet glaze if the brush is VERY soft and the second glaze is at least the same consistency as the first (if it’s more dilute or runny, it will mar the underglaze). If the first glaze was applied in the morning, and I’m still working on the painting in the afternoon, I can usually reglaze before I quit for the day. Again, Liquin dries quickly, and really speeds the drying time. I usually have four or five paintings underway at any time, with one painting taking up most of my work time. This allows me to set aside a painting that needs to dry, and have something else to work on. I can’t really say how long a painting takes, start to finish. Some go quickly, others take a year or more. Even the 6×6″ paintings are unpredictable, with some taking an hour a day for a few days, while others take a few years to resolve.

      • Thanks so much Teri – very informative. I noted it seems the only blue you use is Prussian blue. I love that color but it is a beast to tame! I can see its depth clearly in your paintings. Interesting you use the word “resolve” as in “…take a few years to resolve”. I read that during a painting problems keep cropping up and when you resolved them all the painting is done – so it is a very apt phrase. Thanks again for taking time to answer my questions.

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