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Friday, January 7, 2011
Been to L. A. #2
This was an interesting painting to do and I learned a lot. I didn't know what to put down first - some people say work back to front, some say front to back - and a thousand other shoulds. So I just started with the sky because that was the thing I was most interested in. I used a red orange ground and laid in the low whites and blues and couldn't get a good build up of paint on the surface, you know, really thick for those whites. So I left that and went on to the rest of it, trying to stay loose, even though this doesn't look loose. Finally toward the end I realized I needed a softer brush to lay the paint on thickly, because a stiffer brush picks up the paint after the first hit on the surface. Sure enough, a sable layers it on, very good to know for next time.