Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A Millionaire’s Palette

How much?

‘Turquoise trails of timeless flow’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 

This week I read an article by
USA painter Carol Marine.

Here are her words...

“I was thinking today (for some strange reason) about stingy paint putter outers. I'm talking about artists who put tiny little dabs of paint on their palette because ... well, paint is expensive, right?! I can say this because I was one of you once.

Imagine if piano players had to pay a penny for every key they struck. It wouldn't cost a fortune to play one song, but it would sure add up to practice, huh?! Can you imagine the emotional turmoil while practicing? But that's essentially what we're going through as artists. We pay for every dab, whether it works out or not.

Someone told me once, "Paint like you're a millionaire." I didn't understand it really, but I did put more paint on my palette. And because it was there, I used it. And because my palette didn't feel stingy, I was more confident, and eventually I DID understand.

Put more paint on your palette. It makes a difference. No longer will you make the decision not to mix that last color you need because your blue has run out, and you mix a color that isn't quite right, but whatever. You'll have plenty of blue. And paint every day too, so that you can use the rest tomorrow. And if you can't paint tomorrow, put your paint in the freezer so it lasts longer”.

Carol Marine.    

I agree with Carol, there is something exciting 

about having generous piles of paint to work with. 

My paintings are layered with thick oils...

If you would like to read more about 

my use of oil paint...

Visit my website:  


Until next time...

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