Thursday, September 23, 2010
When I complete one of my Bob Ross style paintings, whether it be for display, sale, or just to hang in my home, I spray it with the Bob Ross Finishing Varnish. I do it right after I complete the painting and while it's still wet. However, you should NOT use other varnishes on your paintings this way. If you do want to put a protective varnish over your painting and don't want to use the Bob Ross Brand, you have a couple of options. The first is Retouch or Damar Varnish. You can safely spray this on your painting once it's been dry to the touch for over a month. Waiting longer is better, but you should be ok. FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS!!! The next option is to wait a year after you've completed the painting and brush or spray on a final gloss or matte varnish. Oil paintings take 6 months to a year to completely dry....even though they may feel dry to the touch. Try to think of oil paintings drying as being a chemical process...not evaporation. Again, read the labels and feel free to ask me if you have any questions. Happy Painting!!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is Crew Cut, one of the horses we recently sold this summer. A horse is a funny animal. They're huge and could trample you easily, but they're by nature a "flight" animal. So the key is to earn their trust. I had the pleasure of earning this guys trust this summer and to my astonishment, found he loved being stalled. He will no doubt end up in one of my paintings, but I wanted to show him off a bit here. I'm currently working with his younger brother right now. Two totally different personalities, but that's what makes it interesting.