STATEMENT OF TECHNIQUE
Following is a description of the techniques and materials that I employ.
First of all, as one can probably tell, I rely heavily on photographs, both digital and slides. Once I have decided on a subject, I may take as many as five or 10 photos from different perspectives and at various times of the day to find the best possible composition for a painting.
When I have selected the proper photo, I employ the use of an opaque projector or a slide projector. I seldom spend more than five minutes drawing the image on a panel; I use the projector to establish reference points. Although I rely on the projector, I don't use this device for all my paintings. I look on it as a useful tool that is primarily a time saver.
I must emphasize that I do not try to depict everything as it is in the photo. Invariably I make changes by adding something or subtracting something to enhance the overall painting.
After the projection, I begin a careful drawing using the print as a reference. I have found "col-erase" colored pencils to work quite well, but on occasion, I will employ a 6H graphite pencil. As the drawing progresses, I will either leave out or add things that I think will enhance the drawing.
My palette includes:
titanium white mars orange
unbleached titanium cadmium yellow
ultramarine blue cerulean blue
alizarin crimson zinc white
As a medium, I use only turpentine
or "turpenoid". I use a
variety of small synthetic brushes (#
I try to paint "alla prima", that is, to get everything right at one stage, but occasionally I'll have to come back, glaze over, or change an area.