Ventura Harbor Dinghies

6"x4" oil on raymar panel. Well, it was a comfortable 116 degrees or so outside my studio door yesterday. Ah, but it was a dry heat (that's the company line we're supposed to say - it's in the bylaws). Might have been a record, don't really care. After a certain point, heat is heat — just like a wonderful round of food poisoning — it comes and goes. My main objective is to stay out of the sun. In the sun, guys like me go from pink to lobster to puce. If I hit puce, give the kid the keys to the car, because I'm a goner. How do I bring this back to painting? Ah... Here we go: Heat does not speed up the paint drying process. Oh no. Unlike your acrylics, watercolors, etc. which dry via evaporation, oil paint dries via oxidation. Oxidation, I believe, is a chemical process wherein some atoms evict some electrons from the family home. Basically, an oil painting needs oxygen to dry, not heat. Here's some pertinent advice: Don't frame oil paintings behind glass. Oh look, a painting of a couple of dinghies in Ventura Harbor. There are a lot of dinghies in Ventura Harbor, and I'm not talking about boats. Sorry about that one - maybe it's the heat.

Posted September 28, 2010
sold • private collection west hollywood, ca

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