Monday, March 7, 2011

News and answers to some questions

I haven't quite finished Webisode 5 yet . . . I've been painting a lot lately, recently had family in town and just waged war with a particularly evil computer virus--a battle I seem to have won for the moment. But, in another week or so I hope to have it posted.

In other news, I've also been working on a longer portrait painting demo that I will be for sale as a video download on my website. I'll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, here are some answers to questions I've received:

I was asked whether I always window shade or finish my paintings as I go. The answer is no, but it's the method I use most often. The concepts I describe in these webisodes seem to work best when I carefully think through every brush stroke and what they're meant to describe. Naturally, I have to make corrections to this first pass (as seen in Webisode 2: Painting the Eye) but the intent is to get it right from the start. That being said, I'm not opposed to other working methods and can easily imagine myself experimenting in the future.

I've also been asked how I keep my hue stable while modulating my values. This is certainly tricky and we've all had instances where we mix a hue down in value and have it steer into another hue. I simply try to identify the two directions my hue could go. If I started with a yellow it could either go towards green or orange. If it starts to move towards one or the other, I think of what colors on my palette might bring it back to a stable radius on the color wheel.

Lastly, I've had a number of questions concerning my materials; namely my brushes and medium. I use synthetic rounds generally small to medium in size. You can find these at all art stores and even some craft stores. I buy new ones every couple of weeks as I am pretty fussy about their tips. One could easily use sables and practice the same concepts and methods I use and teach.

When it comes to using medium, I mostly just rely on the natural consistency of paint from the tube. I like my brush strokes to be fairly opaque. If I have a particularly sticky pool of paint, I will use a little linseed oil. When I do touch-ups, after my first pass, I will typically oil out using linseed oil and use a little in my mixtures of paint resulting in a slightly translucent second pass. This seems to help create continuity between the first and second pass.

Hope this helps! See you all soon in Webisode 5: Blocking in the Figure


  1. as always, thanks for your generosity

  2. "In other news, I've also been working on a longer portrait painting demo that I will be for sale as a video download on my website. I'll keep you posted on that."

    Great news!!
    I'll be waiting for that

  3. Looking forward to the longer demo.

    Keep it up.

  4. Hey Scott,

    I'm definitely looking forward to your longer portrait demo as well, cant wait till the download is ready.

  5. Hi your work...just wondering what brand of paints you use....I use windsor newton and gumbacher...and it feels like "plastic" looks it too! I have not painted untll recently (I gave up painting for many years...the paints seemed to have changed( my older paintings look more brilliant ),have paints changed?

  6. Thank you for the info much appreciated!

  7. I thank you so much for your videos. Your way of teaching is unpretentious and that certainly helps the teaching be absorbed more easily. Also you are a lefty, so I can follow along without having to switch to thinking like a right handed person.
    I have a question; how and with what do you prepare your linen for painting?

  8. Scott, fascinating videos and highly prized in my collection. Can you tell me what paint brand you use that allow you to work so fluidly without medium?