Monthly Archives: February 2015

This is my work from the previous portrait class I taught at The Atelier in Minneapolis. We lucked out again and our model was wonderful.

I was doing the color boards at the time so some of that filtered its way into the portrait. I tried out a lot of the cooler color mixtures, especially trying to use Raw Umber and Ivory Black in more subtle ways.

Thanks again Larissa!

oil paiting portrait study done at the atelier studio program of fine art by christine mitzuk
Oil paint portrait study, very close but not quite finished.

the painter's handbook by mark gottsegen
My well used copy of The Painter's Handbook, by Mark Gottsegen.

As the name suggests, "The Painters Handbook: Revised and Expanded" by Mark David Gottsegen is a reference for painting. I think it's excellent. I've had for years. I mainly use it for information relating to oil painting and studio/materials safety but it also covers other paints and other useful information.

It is broken into three parts and is quite thorough. He digs into the nooks and crannies of practically every technical part of the painting process. Part one talks about the basics: tools and equipment; supports; sizes and grounds; binders; solvents and thinners; varnishes, balsams, driers, preservatives, and retarders; pigments. Part two covers paint making and painting methods: making your own paints; oil paints; water-thinned paints; temperas; encaustic; pastel; synthetic binders; mural paints and techniques. Part three covers picture protection (matting, storage) and restoration.

Mr. Gottsegen covered a lot of the technical aspects of painting. Whenever I have a question, I can nearly always find the answer in this book. I find it very easy to find the information I need (and not just because of all the page markers I've added, it's very well designed) and his step by step directions for some of the procedures are very helpful. Plus he included little diagrams where necessary for some of the procedures.

You can most likely buy it from your favorite local art supply store, or online. Happy reading!

"The Painter's Handbook: Revised and Expanded"
By Mark David Gottsegen
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006
ISBN 0-8230-3496-8.

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three red roses on black velvet background painted in oil paint by christine mitzuk
Half day study of red roses, painted in oil.