Thursday, September 30, 2010

Glass Jar with Rag

Glass Jar with Rag
6"x6" Oil on Canvas Panel
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The final brush stroke was laid down a few days ago but it took me until today to get a decent photo.  I have to say that I am really happy with how this one turned out. A few early mistakes with my color mixes required some extra time adjusting the initial layers.  All total I put 38 hours into this piece. Most of which was spent on the rag.

Recently, I have been experimenting with new mediums, and for this piece I decided to give M. Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium a try. Glad I did, because it is exactly what I have been looking for. Up until this point I have tried Liquin, Galkyd, Neo Megilp and even a more traditional stand oil recipe. All which have had qualities I liked. Liquin is actually my typical go to medium, but might soon be taking a back seat to the walnut alkyd medium. What I really like about the M. Graham's is that it doesn't contain any solvents so the odor is pretty much non existent.  My son Taylor will occasionally play in my studio while I paint, so I want to keep the environment as non-toxic as possible. Also, the walnut alkyd medium has a slightly slower drying rate so it stays open through out the entire painting session, but is dry within a day and a half. The main issue that I have had with Galkyd and Neo Megilp is that they start to tack up within a few hours of painting, preventing me from painting into what should be wet layers. I've read on Gamblin's site that you can add a little poppy oil to the Galkyd to slow down the drying time, but haven't had a chance to experiment. Finally, I really enjoy the lower viscosity of the M. Graham's. It allows me to more easily paint complex passages without a lot of drag on the brush. At this point it is to early to say whether or not I will switch to solely using the walnut alkyds, but I am definitely leaning in that direction.

12 comments:

Kelly said...

Dave, I meant to tell you the other day that this piece is amazing. The glass jar is so perfect.

All of you time shows in this piece
Kelly

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

Very well done. It all looks like you could just reach in and pick it up.

Pierre Raby said...

I enjoy the simplicity of the composition and its very fine rendering- perfectly balanced, complex with many subtle details (for that size)and so elegant, great job David!

cmv... said...

this turned out great david, really nice handling on both the jar and the rag! the cool and warm tones in the rag are just right. i used to use galkyd and neo megilp and had the same complaints. i've always hated liquin and i've read so many negative reports about it yellowing over time (look what it looks like in the bottle after a while, yuck). i switched to MGWAM about a year ago and haven't looked back. my daughter also plays in my studio so it was the main reason i switched. plus i use schminke mussini paints that have a bit of resin, so combined with the MGWAM it's completely dry and ready for the next layer by the next day. love it. great painting!

Caroline Bray Art said...

Just fantastic, David. Those 38 hours really payed off, the rag is positively glowing. I'm not sure if you can get it in the US (I'm using Galkyd while I'm here) but I use Robersons Glaze Mdeium when I'm at home in the UK. It dries quickly but doesn't go tacky and I love the slightly thinner consistency. It does smell though, so perhaps not good for when your son is round. Still, check it out if you ever get the chance.

Alvin Richard said...

Another small masterpiece. The quality of the light is most impressive and the way you handled the hard and soft surfaces. Brilliant and perfection!

David Parker said...

Thanks everybody for the kinds words, and taking the time to stop by. I really appreciate it.

Nick said...

very beautiful piece, well done

David Parker said...

Thanks Nick!

m collier said...

Beautiful work.

David Parker said...

Thanks M! I appreciate you stopping by.

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