Topography Of A Painting With Apologies To Richter.


I often look at paintings close up and from many different positions. I guess it’s a way to get to know the painting better, to understand how it’s put together. Gerhard Richter went farther with this idea and made an art piece by photographing his painting Halifax from 128 different positions. There is always an idea that is so simple and brilliant that many must ask themselves, “why didn’t I think of that?”

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The bones of a painting.


The bones of a painting.

The bones of a painting.

This is another of the several paintings that I’m working on. I’m very undecided about this painting, and it requires a bit of thought. I like the structure of the work, and I feel it’s very close to finished, but I’m still unsure of how much work it needs. I often take it out and look at it, and think about it a bit, and then I set it aside. I feel the bones of the painting are good, and it just need the meat.

Painting in oils again.


Oil painting.

Oil painting.

It’s been awhile since I’ve worked with oil paint, and I’m enjoying the reintroduction. I like using palette knives rather than brushes, and I use brown wrapping paper to create texture and soak up some of the paint’s oil. I enjoy the fact that I really don’t have complete control over what the paper is going to do, and it is always a surprise when I pull the paper off and see the canvas for the first time. Sometimes it’s a complete disaster, but more times than not it works.

The painting is pretty much done. When it’s dry I will make a varnish using damar resin, turpentine, and stand oil. The varnish will be thick and bring up sunken colours.

I’m working in oils again.


painting with paper.

painting with paper.

The other day I picked up an old painting and began painting over it. I roughed in a composition using blues and white oil paint mixed with a bit of stand oil. After I had everything blocked in I crumpled up a sheet of brown wrapping paper and placed it over the painting.

Peeling.

Peeling.

I left the paper on the painting overnight and the paper soaked up some of the oil. I carefully pulled the paper off.

Texture.

Texture.

The surface of the canvas is left with a rich texture, and some areas are matte and some are glossy.

What I hoped for.

What I hoped for.

In some areas bits of the old painting show through, but the effect is what I am looking for. The painting is far from done, and I will continue building up and removing layers with this technique.

First stage.

First stage.

I’m thinking I’ll keep it mostly blue, but with a bit of red and green too.