Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday!

I had a ton of frustration today..I scraped down all my painting efforts. (The painting above is from awhile ago).  Oooo it is aggravating when things go sideways. OH WELL. When this happens I try not to lament the wasted paint and lost hours. Instead, I remember that I undoubtedly learned something (and I'm not exactly sure right at the moment what it was, but it's an optimistic viewpoint). When I have a scraper session I find something in my stack of old paintings to strengthen so that the day doesn't seem like a total loss. The painting above is from several months ago; I touched up the darks.

I made a note the other day after I visited Michael Chesley-Johnson's blog to pass along the same tip that he did. Murphy's oil soap works great for cleaning brushes! I learned about this a couple of months ago and tried it out.  I was surprised about how well it worked. No more 30 dollar quarts of Turpenoid Natural for me...this is much more economical and doesn't seem to have any downside.

(Top photo) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Green Pot and fruit, oil on 12x18 canvas panel

14 comments:

Parabolic Muse said...

I learned about that Murphy's about a year ago and loved it. I decided, once I went up to more expensive brushes it was time to keep them around for awhile.

Now, as for scraping? Oh, it's such a frustrating thing, and a mixed bag, because I tell myself that I'm glad I was doing something that gives me pleasure for hours, and that I found a new color combo or mix, but then I'm so angry when I can't call it a product, yet. Was it productive? I tell myself yes!

This still life is so alive! don't you think?

Linda Popple said...

I've had those wipe out days, too. Frustrating to say the least. You always make the best of them! Thanks for the soap tip ... I'll give it a try.

hmuxo said...

This is a gorgeous painting, Celeste. Beautiful colors...and I will be telling my friend about Murphy's Oil...a great tip! thanks for sharing..

Maritza said...

Precioso bodegón...una naturaleza muerta con un tinte de surrealismo especial.

Los tonos son fascinantes,Celeste.

Te felicito!
Besos.

CrimsonLeaves said...

I loved this painting before and I still love it now. Such a rich piece! Love that tip on the cleaning of oil paint brushes. I can't tell you the frustration I have with them. Maybe because my brushes are cheap, but turpenoid, turpentine, nothing gets them super clean even though I always follow up with soap and water on them. All of them are stiff with paint that just wouldn't wash out of them.

L.W.Roth, said...

Sorry you had a wasted day. Been there as have we all. I recall this painting. I liked it then and I like it now. I would never have thought Myrphy Oil Soap, but as soon as you said it, my brain said of course. Great tip. Thanks.

L.W.Roth, said...

Sorry you had a wasted day. Been there as have we all. I recall this painting. I liked it then and I like it now. I would never have thought Myrphy Oil Soap, but as soon as you said it, my brain said of course. Great tip. Thanks.

Casey Klahn said...

We use Murphy's for everything around here, except brushing our teeth. I was @ to go out and buy some regular turp, since my studio is very well ventilated :)

This posted floral is to die for, BTW. You are my oil painting hero.

Sadami said...

Hi, Celeste,
So sorry, but you're not alone. Actually, I got stuck at the beginning in a day-long life drawing. But I've turned them into precious findings and uloaded them right now. When you have a cuppa, come over!
Best wishes, Sadami

Celeste Bergin said...

Maritza wrote:

Beautiful still life ... a still life with a touch of surrealism special.

The tones are fascinating, Celeste.

Congratulations!
Kisses.

Thanks Maritza!

mary maxam said...

OMG -! I had exactly the same Saturday with scraping off #$%&^&(&....you made wonderful use of time with this wonderful still life and touch ups...love it.

Dan Kent said...

I think it is great to see what you do when you have a bad day (not great that you had a bad day, mind you) - I took it to heart. Yesterday I did a drawing that was too big for the surface, and having read your post I started over and completed the task. Good to have something positive cap a tough time, and I believe that is a good approach. Beautiful painting!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I'm late but just had to say this is a really sumptuous painting.

Dean H. said...

That's a great tip about using Murphy's.

But, I've been using Dawn dish detergent for the last fifteen years or so on the same brushes I'm still using today!! This stuff really works! Great for oil paint or to clean up oily wildlife.