Wednesday, April 7, 2010
'From Above' oil on panel - 12x16 © Marc R. Hanson '10
Sometimes I paint just to use materials as much as anything. I love artists materials, they are like having apple pie in the kitchen when coming home from school. I treasure their purpose, I collect them, I even have art supplies that my dad used 40 or 50 years ago or longer. That's another story.
This painting is the result of wanting to paint a buttery warm image last night, and that required on thing... Flake white, made from ground basic lead carbonate. It's a wonderful paint to use. We don't use that often anymore due to it's being toxic if not handled properly. But IF handled properly, there isn't anything quite like it and the handling properties that it has. I have several tubes of it in my paint drawer from a company called Studio Products. They hand grind it in black oil, or did, it isn't shown as available anymore... very sad. I don't use it often and when I do, I am very cautious and that means keeping it off of my skin and out of my mouth, eyes and any cuts I may have.
It's a paint that makes me feel musical because you need to 'work it', to move with it. Compared to titanium white, which goes on the surface like house paint on a house, flake white requires a dance to happen while it's being applied. Okay, I'm over playing it's qualities a little bit, but It is stiffer out of the tube and needs to be whipped a little bit, like a meringue, in order to be workable. This is how I like to use it. Once it is, a touch of colored pigment mixed into it and the color just explodes into the white.
It also allows you to build up some pretty heavy textures of impasto. You can probably see that in the area of the reflection on the water. That paint is about 3/16's of an inch thick.
Well that was fun...