Friday, 23 November 2007

Torquay in the rain

I did this quick study in Torquay, around 5:00 pm. The light was grey at the end of the day and it was raining.

Oil painting is not water soluble, so you can paint even if it is raining. The issue you encounter is that the rain makes the panel slipery and the paint does not adhere correctly to the support first. The oil makes an emulsion in the water and form some tiny bubbles. The consequence is that small spots of the board's ground are showing.

Torquay in the rain - Oil on panel (6"X8") by Benoit Philippe

I like the greys and the browns I used in this painting. They remind me of 19th century works.

I plan to make a small canvas based on this study.

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