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Tony (ASM)

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on: November 03, 2011, 07:06:36 PM
I'm wanting to create a 'checklist/reminder' cues for oil painting. I'm not sure if one already exists but, if it does please let me know, it'll save me a lot of time.
Feel free to copy this list and add your own reminders (put your name at the end of it so we know it's newly added)
This list will change as I think of reminder cues. It's not set in concrete and is positively opento change and additions throughout.
Here goes.
What media am I gonna use? (Artisan water mixable oils in my case)
Correct brushes, knives and cleaning equipment.
Got the correct Primary colours and understand which bias they may be. eg. yellow 'undertone' of red or, blue.
Room to paint, safety where kids may be around.
Lighting conditions and directions day or night.
Canvas type & quality. Pre-stretched double or triple primed (triple is the reverse being coated for further protection), Deep edge or, canvas board.
Working environment temperature. Paint & equipment storage.
A one off original or a repeated painting.
Painting style and size of canvas and frame if needed.
What's the subject. Still life, Landscape, Plein Air (outdoor), portrait.
Subject composition and scaling up to size of canvas (use of projector or grid)
Watch or read Nolan & Dennis' info on video replays.
Planning ahead and practice considerations.
Photos of subject (colour, Black n white, Sepia)

I'll add more later..

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Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 09:14:13 PM check list is this...get out canvas, get out paint from the fridge, check time (do I have enough before wife gets home ;D
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 01:04:21 AM
 :2funny: Sure sounds like you Pat!

Might be a good idea for me as well Tony. Seems I'm always looking for something....behind my slantboard, bottom of bag, ......  ???
Cheers, Val

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