Here’s the next take on squiggles, this time painted with pigments mixed in watery hide glue instead of oil. The iron oxide red finish was done first, and left to dry. Then rubbed down a bit with steel wool. The black was brushed on after the red dried; the brush was loaded with paint, then much of it wiped off – so a very light touch, holding the brush just about 90-degrees to the surface. I’m not keen on the flat look to the red. Still hoping to hear more from the science people at MFA and Winterthur about this notion of seventeenth-century paints being mixed in glue. Seems to me there has to be something then over it. We’ll see. Meanwhile I am trying to do a lot of this work, to loosen up the motions when I paint…I want the final version to be confident. Here’s a test one today, this time pigments mixed in oil. A thin red wash over the whole thing, then more opaque in the background, and black squiggles and dots.
I have wanted to do some dots like those seen on the broken slat-back chair in this Judith Leyster painting, c. 1630s I think. I’m going to try to add them to the practice stool above.