Until the water Runs Clear – Preparation for a Painting

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Tony Prieto had us wash our brushes until the water ran clear. When we bent back the bristles to the heel, there would be no remaining color.  I remember standing at the sink washing rollers and brushes after painting panels. We were installing a new exhibit at Mills College. Yesterday I washed my brush after priming a raw cotton duck canvas.

10 thoughts on “Until the water Runs Clear – Preparation for a Painting

  1. Nice photo 🙂
    Btw., have you seen the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer”? I found it by coincidence this weekend, but it was really interesting about how Vermeer might have used some optical equipment to make his paintings.

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  2. Our teacher used to make us clean brushes with baby oil (after oil painting). We had beautiful soft hands. Carla, Hockney has a DVD called Secret Knowledge on camera obscura you mentioned -great show. I love the prep, good luck with the exhibition.

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    • Thanks for the tip. The exhibition was many years ago. I’m just preparing a canvas here. BTW I highly recommend a book titled Man with a Blue Scarf On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud Martin Guyford. It’s all about painting.

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