Camouflage Pigments Like You’ve Never Seen Before As promised, the final piece in the Indigenous Naturals Pigment Project, is revealed: Camouflage Modello, Oil on Linen 6×8. The previously-mentioned twist is disclosed and oh my – is it an interesting twist! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that researching historical pigments would have a military connection, [read more]
Pigments: Historical and Modern
There is a distinct difference between modern day pigments and the natural pigments used prior to the middle of the 1700s. In the past, artists had apprentices who ground the colors for them throughout the oil painting sessions. Because they were made by hand, the pigments retained a natural grittiness and consistency with larger particle size. Today's oil paint manufacturers make synthetic colors in huge vats where the end result is exceptional smoothness. Prior to the middle of the 1700, natural pigments came from dirt, minerals, and even plants.
As you know, faithful readers, painting copies of masterworks has long been a favorite learning technique for me. Over the past 40 plus years, I have painted many including Rembrandt’s The Polish Rider and Vermeer’s Girl in the Red Hat both of which hang in my foyer. I have painted a number of other Rembrandts, a [read more]
Last week, after deciding to paint some true beauties of the season (lilacs from my back yard), I faced a dilemma – which pigment should I use: modern or historical? As you know, I love using the natural pigments but sometimes there is no easy choice. In the historical/natural pigment world there are no rich [read more]
The Villa La Foce and its farm are located in southern Tuscany near Pienza and Montepulciano in the clay hills of Sienna/Crete Senesi. It overlooks Val d’Orcia and is a spectacularly beautiful area with a complex history dating back to the Etruscan period (7th century BCE to the 2nd century AD). The Villa was built in [read more]
In the late summer and fall of 2003, Dave and I spent 10 lovely weeks in Italy. This trip was planned specifically for me to paint the beauty of the countryside and soak up the endlessly interesting Italian culture. Chantal Kelly, our talented travel agent, knew all the best and picturesque places to stay and we were [read more]