Thursday, May 3, 2007

Must. Paint. All. Day.

Tall Barn, 2007, Oil on Panel, 18x18

I'll be back tomorrow with a super fascinating update on what's been going on with those large scale paintings I started last weekend.

Feel free to keep chatting about hair in your paintings (or whatever medium you work in). We haven't heard from everyone yet!

I'd be interested in hearing what Jim does concerning stuff in the paint. His painting surface is beautiful - all slick, smooth and shiny. Exactly the kind of work that you wouldn't want to see a hair sticking out of.


Chris Rywalt said...

I'm pretty sure Jim's solution is to use acrylics and therefore not bother being a "real" artist.

James Wolanin said...

Tracy - All hair and little foreign objects are promptly removed before the paint is dry and before I even get to painting, all irregularities in the gesso would be sanded away. I'm crazy like that!

Wait to you see the new work, it's even more slicker, shinier and smoother! :)

Chris - you've got your information all wrong! Oil painting is a passing fad!

Tracy said...

Oh, good, we have someone representing the OCD side of things here. But what if you miss a brush hair in the paint? I mean I always check for them but I don't always see them all. Do you take them out and patch up? And what kind of acrylic paint do you use?

I hope you wear a mask for all that sanding. I only sand minimally, so I just hold my breath:)

Chris Rywalt said...

Feh. Oil paint is superior because any mosquitoes that land in it are trapped forever, so millions of years from now humans can be cloned by space aliens from the DNA found inside them.

James Wolanin said...

once in a while one will get by the quality control check and I'll leave it alone, but if the hair was in a place that it would be noticed immediately like a face, it would have to be removed, sanded and repainted. I do a lot of sanding so holding my breath is not an option, I take the easy way out and wear a mask.

I have found that Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics work best for the kind of work that I do.

Miriam said...

I don't mind hair or gnats or whatever gets into paint. When I notice some, it just makes me grin, because I am seeing a bit of the artist's life.
I had a Labrador who shed constantly, no matter how often she was brushed. I gave in and started using her fur deliberately.
I would grab a hunk and smear it right in with the paint for texture.
I don't do that anymore, because she has passed, and the current Lab has a finer coat which hardly sheds at all.