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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Summer Landscape

It's been snowing here today and, to make matters worse, the central heating has packed up! To cheer myself up I painted this small summer picture. The reference material was a photograph that I took a couple of summers ago when cycling the Tissington Trail in Derbyshire.


Blogger RenĂ© PleinAir. said...

Who needs heating with such a "belly glowing" painting!?

How big is it btw. ?

2 December 2008 at 20:12  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks Rene, much appreciated my friend. The painting is 10 x 12 inches and it was done on an MDF panel with 2 coats of primer (1st coat acrylic with a little texture paste added and then a coat of lead based oil primer)

3 December 2008 at 08:07  
Blogger Marc R. Hanson said...

Hi Keith. The really great things about the computer age is our ability to meet new painters!!! That's it. ;)

I noticed you on my blog and came to see 'who' you were and I have to tell you that I am thrilled for the acquaintance.

Your work is really skilled and professional...good JOB! I"ll be a frequent visitor.

I'll warn you now, I"m a materials junkie so I have to ask you what primer you're using, the lead top coat. Do you have the ability and storage to prepare boards and let them cure in batches, or, like me, one or so at a time? Thanks. I love lead primed surfaces and am always searching for the best solution in dealing with the drying and curing issues.

Can't wait to see what you do next.


4 December 2008 at 15:41  
Blogger Marilyn M. King said...

This really "feels" like summer. The shadow in the foreground is my favorite part - all those wonderful hues.
What does the oil primed surface do for you that acrylic gesso doesn't? Maybe you could convince me to try it.

5 December 2008 at 01:43  
Blogger Keith said...

Marc, thank you for your kind comments. You are so right about the benefits of the computer age. Painting can be a very solitary persuit and the facility to share ideas and experiences with painters all over the globe has to be a good thing.

The primer that I used was made by Roberson and I have had the tin for over 20 years (I think their current oil primer is alkyd based). I do prepare small batches of panels at a time. I read somewhere that oil primed panels need to be either painted on within a few days or left for over six months to cure. Unfortunately, I don't always remember to put the date on and so I end up guessing as to how old they are.

5 December 2008 at 10:09  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks for dropping in Marilyn,I'm glad you liked the picture.

As for the oil primed surface, you can see by how long I've had the tin that I don't use it all the time (probably too lazy - acrylic gesso alone is much quicker)but I like the fact that it is a lot less absorbent (when sufficiently cured) and so the paint sits nicely on the surface.

5 December 2008 at 10:17  
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