Friday, February 08, 2008

"Behind Glass" --- SOLD



I've always enjoyed how things get distorted through glass, so this was fun. 2 people have asked me recently about the brushes I use. I used to go on and on about Windsor & Newton Monarch flats, but even though I LOVE them, they wear out fast (at least in my studio!) and they are very expensive. My new favorites are Silver Bristlon brights (their flats are way too long). They stand up to my abuse (perhaps b/c they are synthetic) and they are a little cheaper than Monarch's.

6 comments:

Tracy said...

I love how the yellow/orange ground shows through. Love the overall color and composition. Thank you for all your pearls of wisdom!

In regards to the last post, so you put down the ground in oil? (deduced from your comment about brushes) How do you keep the bright cool underpainting colors from schmeering? (sp?) I'm still learning about oils, and I've been using acrylic to tone the board/canvas. If I'm not compelled to be an oil "purist", is there a difference?

Carol Marine said...

Tracy- Thanks! To put down a ground I mix a fair amount of mineral spirits with the color paint I want, then wipe it over my whole panel with a brush. Then I take a paper towel (preferably Job Squad or Viva) and wipe it off so that it's toned but not overly wet. This gives me a nice color to start with but not enough to mix in much with what I put over it. Everything over the ground is thicker and uses much less mineral spirits. Who cares about "purism" ... it's the process and your enjoyment that counts!!!

Simon Andrews said...

what a fresh composition. i love your geometry and looseness on this one.

n. rhodes harper said...

As usual your work is fabulous. I wanted to ask you a question about your lighting set up shown below. Is that a regular theatrical can light on the stand? I am trying to find a good light set up. What wattage bulbs do you use? Everywhere I read artists say to use, 5000K florescents, I am clueless. also one question about the workshop, will easels be provided at the art center? Thanks ever so much for all of your wonderful are and for sharing so many tips.

Carol Marine said...

Thanks ya'll! I can't tell you how much it means to me to get such great comments!

Mr. Harper, I got the black light stand from a photography shop long ago. I wish I could tell you exactly what the bulb is inside, but I got it many years ago and can't remember. I got it from a lightbulb store and asked for a "true daylight" bulb. I do remember it was expensive - about $15. It's got a whole bunch of symbols on the side that I can't make heads or tails of, and I can't find any numbers on the side with a K afterwards. The thing I like about it is it's very white. If that's what you're looking for, you might just go to a lightbulb store, tell them what you want, and see if they can recommend something. Hope that helps. : )

Frank Gardner said...

You painted the glass so well Carol, with the distorted orange. I love your cups, and this one keeps my eye going back into the painting and then I come forward to the glass and then back again. Good sense of depth is what I mean to say.