Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sneakier Preview! Merman's progress

The spots in the bottom right corner of this pic are reflections from the wet paint, but what they capture are actually my fingerprints ("finger strokes" instead of "brush strokes").
I went to a workshop yesterday on paint sticks, specifically the ones made by Shiva (Richeson), and learned that a brush cleaner/restorer from Winsor & Newton can be used as a solvent instead of turpentine for all oils! Wow. This changes things--more options for how I make my paintings, and perhaps a different look and technique coming up.
The cleaner was developed because they needed something gentle to clean the monitors attached to premature babies. It turns out (like Viagra) it has other uses, such as restoring brushes, removing dried paint from linoleum floors, etc. And it's non-toxic, non-flammable, low vapor, etc. Why even bother using a toxic solvent when something this wondeful is at hand?
Take care,
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