I tried to just reblog this, but the photos didn’t show up without clicking on it again, so I just copied his whole post. This is what I want this blog to be about–how artists do what they do–and why. I think I’ll have to start adding some description to my own Making It posts.
“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.”
“I left the paper on the painting overnight and the paper soaked up some of the oil. I carefully pulled the paper off.”
“The surface of the canvas is left with a rich texture, and some areas are matte and some are glossy.”
“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.”
“I’m thinking I’ll keep it mostly blue, but with a bit of red and green too.”
I keep wondering how Stephen knows when a painting is finished, but invariably he knows when to add not another drop!