Sunday, April 5, 2009
My still life "station"
I haven't been able to paint at all since the end of Elio Camacho's still life workshop. Finally today I set up my station and got a flood light, but it isn't the one Elio recommended (I couldn't find the Eiko brand). I wanted to keep it simple so I painted apples. I was in the dark with the flood light bouncing off my white table. In retrospect..no wonder I felt kind of blinded. Well..AND I missed some opportunities there in values and edges. I'll do better next time! I also tried to clean my brushes the way Elio suggested ..with baby oil only. That was weird. He swears it works really well. I don't know..the baby oil got really ucky right away and I had to replace it several times before the brushes seemed clean. I think he told us that they don't have to be cleaned with soap and water after cleaning with baby oil. Are they really clean this way? I don't know! Guess I will find out next time I go to use them. He said you should dry your brushes thoroughly because baby oil is a "non-drier". Does anyone out there use baby oil to clean their brushes?