Tissot etchings at Cleveland

I think James Tissot (1836–1902) is a much better artist than I once believed. I had lumped him with Sargent and other late-19th-century artists who I consider superficial and fashionable. He’s much better than Sargent. Having said that, this etching, The Hammock (1880), is a little too saccharine for me. The etching on the front…

Painting by Tissot

I love it when I visit a museum and discover a new painting. I found this painting, The Proposal, by James Tissot (1836 – 1902) during my last visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Large museums like Cleveland’s display only a portion of their collection, which means frequent visitors like me can still discover…

RGH vs Harding

Readers know about my obsession with The Great White–flake (lead) white paint. This all-important color is getting harder to find because some manufacturers stopped making it due to misguided health concerns and regulations. I’ve discussed the merits of lead white several times on this blog so I won’t repeat myself here. (Those wondering why I…

A lot of mediums

I kept studio journals from the outset of my career. At first, I tracked my sales in the journal. Then I started tracking my supplies–the number and size of stretched canvases I had on hand, and other such things. Eventually, I started to use the journals as a daily record of the paintings on which…

Drawing study

I finished this large study for a painting I plan. Studies like this help me clarify my thoughts. When making a study, I almost always filter out elements–hardly ever add new ones. That’s what happened this time too. You probably can’t tell from this photo but I’ve removed several background figures as I worked on…

New drawing

Normally I don’t write about new drawings; we make drawings all the time. This drawing is unusually large for a pencil drawing, 30″ x 40″. It’s also notable for being on hot-pressed watercolor paper. I wrote recently about how happy I am with my roll of Arches watercolor paper. Girl with a Bunny Purse is…

Not Spring

A few sunny days last week tricked me into thinking Spring was coming to NE Ohio. Today’s snow proves that hope was false. My son’s golf outing yesterday was cut short by a snow squall and high winds. There is more snow in the forecast. Yes, this is a color photo of the lake from…

Good paper for large drawings

Arches make good paper. My roll of hot-pressed watercolor paper is very good for large-format drawing too. My roll of 356gsm is 51 inches wide by 10 yards long. My 30″ x 40″ drawing like the one in the photo barely puts a dent in my paper roll. For smaller drawings, I stick to the…

Canvas prep

I always want a supply of large canvases available to me. I’ve learned that the only canvases that satisfy my perfectionist side are the canvases I make myself. I’ve tried many commercial canvases and none have ever satisfied me. So I make my own. The six canvases are all in the 40″ x 54″ range,…