Friday, June 05, 2009

Perfection and Necroamoria 8

The first main glazing day for Perfection and Necroamoria today (part of the underpainting shown). Progress is a little faster than underpainting and I managed to get some nice pine wood with only gold ochre, black and white.

I found it difficult to enter the slow monk-like mentality necessary for fine glazing, a trance like state of isolation and concentration. In some ways my earlier paintings had finer detail because I found it easier to enter that state, but they did take twice the time and the detail was more "tight" and not as accurate or realistic looking so I am making definite progress in painting quality. That said I'd like more time to paint more pictures. I'd rather sacrifice some quality to produce more work. Tick tick tick the clock of life goes and I have too many ideas to rest or stop or delay.


Kathy said...

I'm interested in how your make your glazing. What sort of medium to your use with the pigment? Do you mix your own medium? Can't wait to see then entire painting!

Mark Sheeky said...

Hi! On solid surfaces I normally use James Groves' Amber Varnish cut down with linseed and safflower oils. I sometimes add a drop of Oil of Spike. I try to have just one glazing layer over one underpainting layer. I think it's the most efficient way to paint because any fine details can be done in thin paint and the rest in the opaque underpainting... lots of layers would take me too long!!!