Sunday, January 17, 2010

Here I am working in Cornish New Hampshire where Metcalf worked a hundred years before. This is going to be a very short post this evening. Sometimes I get to the blog so late that I am exhausted. I do make a point of posting every day so sometimes I have to do a truncated post. I try even then, to get one useful idea out. Here is tonight's, in response to a commenter who asked how I keep my white from becoming stiff when working outdoors.

The first thing I do is bring my paintbox into a motel room when I am traveling. I don't leave it in the car overnight.When I travel to the location I keep it in a heated part of the car, such as the backseat. That means when I show up on location it is still warm. I make a donut of white in the middle of my palette and then pour a shot of medium into the middle. I whip that up with my palette knife. That will usually keep it usable. However the paint does often behave differently in the cold. I rather like the way it handles sometimes.

I also use the Lefranc titanium which is a more oily and free brushing sort of paint and I think it is better in the cold than some other brands. But I have never had to quit painting outside because my white froze up, just put some more medium into it and whip it up until it is workable.


Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Great post, Stape, and thanks for the info on handling white.

Mary Bullock said...

Stape, is that snow or paint on the arm of your jacket?

willek said...

It is about your picture in todays post. It seems odd to me that painters whose paintings have the most deft and delicate passages in their canvases, appear to have clothing, shoes, easel, hats and fingernails loaded with the slop of misdirected painting accidents. One cannot help but wonder if the splotches were applied on purpose, to make a statement about ones vocation. I mean, we are supposed to be really good at handling paint, doing it for large portions of our daily routine. What is going on here?

Mary Byrom said...

White at -32 I find it varies according to the type of white used and the brand. I don't usually use a medium while painting and I keep my paints cold overnight but I have added oil or medium when it gets really cold and the white is fine.
Was it Metcalf who put a box of sand on the wood stove over night then hauled his paints out on a tobaggan in the warm sand to the painting site?
I get covered like this in paint too. I am totally concentrating just putting the paint down then when I get home I'll sometimes find paint on my hat and/or the sleeve, shoulder & front of my windbreaker. The sleeve I understand as its often windy. But on my shoulder? Then I saw it on the back of Stapes arm so I guess I'm in good company.

Philip Koch said...

I try very hard not to get paint all over the place. With years of practice I'm pretty good at this. Nonetheless,
when paint really wants to drip it will. When you're concentrating hard on a difficult passage in the painting, you don't want to break the momentum by stopping to clean every little spot up. said...

I had two paintings copied and sold by a west coast "artist" in 2007. I found them BY CHANCE on the internet.

What I learned:
Do not threaten to sue because that gives the offenders rights in their own state (if different than your you will have to go to their state for legal action).
What you can do is send a letter establishing your creation of the images, inform them of the copyright violation and ask them to either a)remove the work, b)pay you,C) credit you OR d) something that will satisfy you.You can inform them of "further action" without being specific. If you can get a lawyer to sign the letter it will have more weight. Your images cannot be used for commercial gain. Someone can copy it and put it in their home but they can't sell or financially gain from the copy of your work, legally.

The options in my case would have been a "stop and desist" letter to the artist , all the galleries that carried her work as well to her clients. Her credibility would have been shot-as it should be. She responded by taking the violating images off the internet and her website. I did not try to get $$ for their sale but I keep a close watch on her site even today.

billspaintingmn said...

I heard a little kerosine mixed in helps in cold weather. It's oily.
No pearl earrings? Stape! and are you hiding a neck tattoo?
Seriously, you look cool as hell!
You're in your element, doing your thing.
Just seeing this is a modivation to go out and paint!

Stapleton Kearns said...

You are welcome.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I believe it is sour cream.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I get paint on myself because I hold the paint rag and use it to manipulate the amount of paint in my brush. I am only using about three, so I am cleaning brushes in my rag all day.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I remember the sleeve getting painted. I put the coat in the back of the car and put a wet painting on top of it. But I do get paint all over, and I don't care.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I don't stop to clean paint up. Unless it is on someone else or their car.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Good advice. I think I will let that stand as the official answer here. I think that if you take ANY action at all it should be through a lawyer.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I have never used kerosene. I know that the old guys liked to clean brushes with it. The neck tattoo is on the other side and says, You can not "observe" design into a painting!

Todd Bonita said...

Just a note to let you know I am very jealous and wish I could be there with you all painting...Really hope to find the time on one of your future outings.
Hope you guys are having fun
.All the best,

Stapleton Kearns said...

That would be fun. Next time I hope you can come.