Old man with a hat

oldmanwithahatThis was done last semester using a technique invented by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec called painting with spirits or “peinture à l’essence” (don’t ask me to say it). It involves using oils on cardboard or paperboard as both a painting surface and palette. The board absorbs the oils and the paint dries fast so you have to work quickly. Because the paint dries so rapidly turpenoid (or odorless mineral spirits) is needed to add some moisture back into the paint.

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Cupcake monster

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Being able to start and finish (or nearly at least) a simple painting in a day is something I eventually want to be able to do, but I’m not there yet. So I’ve decided to aim for 3 a week instead of 4 because I’d rather end up with fewer paintings I’m happier with instead of more paintings that I don’t really like. I haven’t met my quota this week, but there’s been more going on this weekend with the hubby’s birthday and the dragon boat festival.

In the spirit of Jeff’s birthday (tomorrow) I painted a cupcake monster for him. Happy Birthday Jeff!

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