Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How to Varnish an Oil Painting

If you're like me, varnishing an oil painting (especially one that you've spent HOURS and HOURS on), can be a frightening and worrisome proposition!  Knowing that a foggy finish, or a few misplaced varnish streaks here and there could ruin all your hard work is enough to prevent one from varnishing altogether!  Thankfully I was super relieved to come upon a product, and a technique that helps to greatly reduce and eliminate varnishing issues  - Gamblin's GamVar varnish - the key is to use very thin layers of varnish.  Watch the following video for a great demo: 

I hope this helps you be more confident with your varnishing, allowing you to produce flawless finishes!

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Mile Rock Beach painting!

Hi all - hope the New Year is treating everyone well so far! Here's a drawing of an upcoming painting I'll be working on. The scene is Mile Rock Beach in San Francisco. I'm going to do something different with this painting, and that is to paint in the 'Old Master' style, applying numerous (dozens!) layers of paint (referred to as glazing). Not sure how long this will take since I haven't painted this way before!