There will be more portraits to come for sure, but I also want to share with you some still life paintings I’ve been creating. They may look a little different and I have created this look intentionally. I wanted to create still lifes that make me feel what I feel when I look at some of the “masters”. There are certain, hues, textures and values which give their work a distinctively “non modern” look.
I am aiming to create a look somewhere between old and new. To do this has required me to refine my own oils, a long and complex learning curve to this – rather than using commercially refined oils. Refining my own oil gives me thicker, faster drying, less to non yellowing oil. I make my linen panels (so time consuming), in order to have a nubbier less commercially smooth linen panel. I create hand made paint, by grinding my hand refined oil into powdered pigments I purchase which created a different paint texture. I have about 30 tubes of this paint now – and a sore wrist. I make medium to mix with my paint, all non toxic, using chalk, marble dust or calcite, oil and other ingredients, which adds thickness, translucency and stability to the paint. I get more color saturation and increase my ability to work in layers, wet into wet with out muddying the paint because the paint is thicker and more sequestering.
All of these processes are very time consuming to make but there was something within me that wanted a grasp of my products and how I could manipulate them to alter the look and texture of a painting. Many times during the process, studying and creating these products, I have asked myself why I can’t be content with product I could order from the internet – but I just can not – so I just have to live with myself and the added time and effort!!
I do enjoy, for sure, the results I’m getting. It is definitely a different look from what I was creating with commercial products and I am just getting started!! Thank you for your time. Winifred