Day 9 - How it's made
Today's photo shows a blank 12 x 12 inch canvas, a tear-off paper palette, my trusty palette knife, liquin and oil paint in titanium white, paynes grey and phthalo blue.
I'm pretty sure I haven't created a single painting without using every one of these items.
All of my paintings are created on canvas or canvas board. I like the way it grips the paint, the slight bounciness and it's durability.
The paper palette is made from sheets of glossy paper. It's used for mixing the paint. But rather than washing unused oils down the drain with turps and other nasties, when a sheet is finished it's torn off and put in the bin. Not ideal, but better for the fishes and our water supply 🐟🦈🌊 The palette knife is my go to tool for applying the paint. I've had this one for five years, and although I've bought and used others none of them compare. Not sure what I'll do if and when it breaks... I try not to think about that!
Liquin is a medium which I add to the oil paint to speed up the drying time. Particularly for white paint which with certain brands can take months to completely dry! It also makes the paint slicker and easier to move around. One down side though, it really stinks. I always work in a well ventilated area, but with liquin the window needs to be wide open, no matter how chilly it is outside.
And finally, the paints 🎨💕 I simply adore phthalo blue, especially when it's mixed with linseed oil. The tones of this particular colour are to die for 💙
The titanium white is a massive tube as I use tonnes of the stuff! And paynes grey is my black...as in I don't use black. Never have. Its something my very first art teacher Mr Gummer taught me. There's no such think as true black, as all shadows have colour (or at least tones of grey) in them somewhere, you just have to look hard enough and long enough...
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh