Monday, September 21, 2009

The Retrieve

The Retrieve
Original Oil painting
13.75" X 20"

The completed painting, though it hasn’t been varnished. The spray varnish I use (Krylon Kamar) will bring out the richness of the browns and even-out the shine. Since I used a heavy hand with thickness of the paint for the grass, I will wait a bit before I varnish.

One change I made from my drawing was the length of the dog’s extended foreleg. My reference might have shown it that way, but it didn’t "look right" to me. I don’t consider my beginning drawing locked in stone (or paint.) It is a guideline, subject to modification.

I am looking forward to more dog (and Hersey paintings.) Now that I have a better grasp on the "dog thing", I think it would be fun to do my next dog painting with a dog in water (water being such a fun subject to explore in oil paint.) Stay tuned.


Peter Brown said...

Nice work Linda!

I'm thinking of dabbling with oils again and I'm puzzled when it comes to varnishing. What I've read suggests that a painting shouldn't be varnished for around six months, but I gather that a temporary varnish can be applied almost as soon as the painting is completed. Is this still current thinking, or have materials been developed that get around the need to wait for so long? I can't imagine a professional artist being prepared to have a painting sit around in their studio for months before it can be varnished, framed and offered for sale!

Linda Besse said...

You are right, Peter. It would be ridiculous to wait 6 months. In my quest to find a varnish, (non-yellowing, fast-drying, archival), I was also looking for one that did not require a huge wait before spraying. The brand I use Krylon Kamar says you can spray when the painting is dry to the touch.
On a painting like this, I wait a bit longer. For example, my browns dry overnight (I use Rembrandt paint.) Whites (rather a color which contains a lot of titanium white) can take a week depending on temperature and humidity.
Here it has been pretty dry lately so it appeared that the grasses were dry in less than a week even though they were thick. I waited 2.5 weeks before scanning and will wait probably another 1.5 weeks before spraying.
I spray two thin coats. Each coat dries in less than 15 minutes. It is recommended that you don't move the painting for 2 hours after spraying.
By all mean, grab your oil paints!

Peter Brown said...

Thanks for that information Linda.

Having just discovered Liquin and the fact that I can clean my brushes in baby oil - avoiding the use of turps altogether - oils have suddenly become a more attractive option!

Linda Besse said...

Hi Peter,
I don't use Liquin because Rembrandt paint is so buttery, I don't need it. To clean my brushes, I wipe off as much paint as I can with a paper towel, then clean with soap (Master's soap) and water. And the Master's soap (brand name) also conditions the brush. My favorite brush I have had for 10 years and it feels brand new. This soap also works for dried on paint. And no, I am not one of their salespeople!

Peter Brown said...

More great information - thanks again Linda.