A little something about the oil on paper paintings.
I have a couple good habits in my studio, lots of bad ones, but a couple good ones.
One is I never save palettes. I use the disposable wax paper ones for most things, and a larger glass one otherwise, when really big things need it. I mix fresh and new every day, and over the years my tubes have reduced to only a handful that I can make anything from. As a practice, it trains my brain to know color. I mix new each day whatever I used the day before by eye.
Another is the color sketch. Way back I purchased a pile of 140 pound 6x6 watercolor blocks, and began doing my color sketches on them. They are sort of explorations, and an exercise in painting in a different way. They are all square, so I let a subject settle into that shape as a rule. They are also painted wet in wet, and for the most part done in one sitting (or standing in my case) and there is no ground on the raw paper. I use alkyd paint on them, as it dries fast and this stops any oil ‘bloom’ that conventional paint with linseed oil will do. I will also talk about using alkyd paints a little later.
It is amazing how one of these exercises familiarizes me with the subject when going larger. One can see what problems may come up fairly quickly and easily.
A large number of paintings that I have done have one of these accompanying sketches somewhere. I have piles of them all over the studio, and have been framing them. Not every one leads to a larger one, so many are unique paintings on their own.
My regular paintings are done in a completely different way, and can be glazed in many layers, and I will talk a bit about that later. The thought process in those can be multi layered as well, and the paper paintings are a respite from that. They are haiku to the larger conversation.