Unusual rust

Pure glazing pigment. Intense and light-resistant. One of the oldest preserved in prehistoric paintings, which only confirms its durability. Iron oxide, that is another shade of rust. Just add oil, mix and get started…

Sanguina: From Rock to Paint

The lumps were quite large for a pigment bought by weight, some even larger than a walnut. On the surface, sanguine seems inaccessible because it is as hard as rock. However, all it takes is a stonecutter’s hammer and the crushed lumps become lumps, rubble, aggregate, sand and finally dust. Now more gritting, oil, gritting, […]

Linseed oil thickened in the sun

Only for spectators with strong nerves. This is what the ‘undercarriage’ foam with the crap looks like at the end of a sunny day.The nineteenth day of thickening linseed oil in the sun.The sun separates the “sebaceous substances” between the linseed oil layer and the water. (Max Doerner calls this nastiness)The bark, which cannot find […]

Cement board

Oil on a cement slab? Or coal?Cement board is a substrate I like because it is stable, but unfortunately it has to weigh something. This invention of recent years is made up of three components: cement, water and cotton fibre (responsible for the reinforcement). I use 3.5 mm thick slabs for the 120 × 80 […]

Extraordinary oil

“Take your linseed oil and in summer pour it into a bronze or brass basin, or into a bowl, and when the sun is in the sign of Leo, expose it to the sun, and this oil, if you hold it so long, that it will be half gone, will be as perfect as possible for painting” (C. Cennini, “A Treatise on Painting”). Cennino Cennini, born in 1370 in Colle di Val d’Elsa, died […]

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