This technique is very much ‘wet on wet’. I didn’t wait for the solvent to evaporate, I just placed the final colour directly onto the under colour and allowed a certain amount of mixing to take place. The solvent content of the paint mixes was what produced the ‘wetness’, not extra medium. The paint manufacturers recommend not using too much medium for various reasons, most of them to do with the physical long term effects.
I often wonder about what they mean by ‘long term’. One year, 10, 100? Should we worry about this. For some bizarre reason I do. I mention this in the context of the ‘long term’ effects on the works of leading artists like Damien Hirst. The ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living‘ was a shark in formaldehyde in a vitrine?? Will this be like the ‘great fish’ in Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea? When all the hype dies down, will there be only a skeleton left for us to view?
Here is the video of the above painting. Its short, only 5 minutes, as the painting was painted in about 1 hour.
Regarding “the long term”, I was once told that museums and art galleries spend far more time on restoring and conserving art works produced in the last fifty years than they do on works produced in the previous five hundred.
Probably the art which will represent this era in future years will be the art which actually survives the ravages of time.
being concerned about “long term” in a running out planet is maybe our basic survivor instinct, not worrying about those problems, but enjoying to live?
I like the rhythm of the painting and I wondered how the palette of a late sunset would change the atmosphere of this lovely pool
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I love your blog especially the time lapse videos so I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I commented “PictureS is the only artist I know who produces time lapse videos as he produces his paintings. They give a fascinating glimpse into the creative process.”
The link is here: http://notestothemilkman.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/and-talking-of-awards/#comment-120
I’m honoured by your nomination. I’ve been nominated a few times for different awards, and despite my best efforts I’ve never had enough time to complete the requirements. So I accept the nomination as an award in itself of encouragement, and appreciation for what I do. As usual I will pass on acceptance of the award, but do not think I am not appreciative of the nomination. I’m running a business and producing my art in whatever time is left, after that I hit the blog in spots, sometimes not checking in for days. Thank you again.