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Friday, October 20, 2006


8x10 inches
acrylic on panel
silver plein air frame

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Painters Tip

Making Your Paint Stretch

Here are a couple of ways to make your left over paint useful.

At the end of your painting session, use your left over paints to tone fresh canvases. Using mostly solvent with a little paint, do a wash of color over your new canvases. It doesn't really matter what color you use. Often, when you paint the next session you will get interesting spots of color in your painting, where the new paint may not cover the canvas. Pre-toning canvases can also give a painting nice harmony.

The other thing you can do is start putting your dabs of paint in a small jar with a tight lid. I call this my mud pot. Use this paint to start your next paintings to do the block in, drawing part of the painting. Since it will be covered up, it doesn't matter what color it is.

Both are a great way to use your paint without wasting any.

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