Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pimp my paintbox- Part 1: Intro and Razor Blade Paint Scraper

I am going to try to document all the different accessories and components used to create a compact studio for quick studies and outdoor paintings. I started with a cigar box given to me by my uncle.  This Hemingway cigar box has a 1/2" recessed lid.  For the palette I recycled glass from a 5x7" picture frame that I secured with canvas offset clips like this.  Underneath the glass is a sheet of grey-toned paper. Another option would be to paint the backside of the glass in a medium grey acrylic. To finish it off, I nailed in a couple of the wood pieces that came with the box on an angle to streamline the look.

You will need to clean up your glass palette after painting. Yes, it's true! An easy way to do that is to use a razor blade to scrape the paint right off.  I created this razor blade handle/stand combo out of polymer clay that I baked and then sanded down for a nice smooth finish.

See, nice and clean!

P.S. Right now I have heavy weight striped paper straws across the top and bottom used to transport the painting panel. I might switch to a more stable permanent solution shortly.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

mini paintbox test run

5x7" quick study of Marissa. I still need to tweak this box design a bit. I want to add a ledge of some sort so I can hook my oil and turp cups to it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Paul • 12 x16" • oil on linen • January 16, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Max Ginsburg Retrospective Book

Here are 2 of my favorite paintings from the Max Ginsburg Retrospective book. I am a big fan of Max's quick sketches from life. This book has a lot of great close-ups as well.
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