Wednesday, January 29, 2014

a painter's best friend

small detail of large oil 33.5x48, still in process
Who is the painter's best friend? What do you think?
 For me, it is my trusty razor. Each day I am at the easel I wipe away about half of what I do. Maybe it's too sharp, too thick, too descriptive, too purple, too dark, any of the many toos we can have. Say more with less.
For pastel it's easy, before I leave the easel I wipe with my palm or a tissue. With oil I often go into a scraping frenzy with my trusted razor or give it a rubbing with a paper towel or tissue.
here she is, the well used worker


Double "D" said...

First this is beautiful … second, I use a single edge blade to clean dry paint from my enamel butcher try.
As a watercolorist my best friend is a second piece of paper … lol. Actually it's a spray bottle in the winter time, in the summer it's the garden hose. By the way the painting posted prior to this one is really gorgeous B.

loriann signori said...

Thanks PB. I am so delighted to hear from you again. The garden hose! That's a lot of removal!!!!I agree that so much isn't needed and the pieces of leftovers adds to the feel...a sort of pentimento.

Celeste Bergin said...

wow--! I would never have guessed this. I love all your paintings.

loriann signori said...

Thanks so much Celeste!