The Painting Process: Part 7

I was busy yesterday, didn’t have time to paint but I was right back at it today. I set a goal to finish the first coat of black and I accomplished that, here’s a look:

Sisiutl painting progress after fourth day of painting.
Sisiutl painting progress after fourth day of painting.

As I alluded to earlier, Mars Black is very thick and I needed to thin it a little with water while applying it. Doing this with the fine brush is easy enough but can be a little tricky with the wide fill-in brush. On the one hand, if the paint is too thick, it doesn’t spread very far. On the other hand, if it’s too thin, it spreads a lot easier but it doesn’t give you a solid coat. I’m going to need to do another coat of black but it shouldn’t take too long.

Today was the most time that I’ve spent painting in a day so far, I was getting some pain in my wrist and my thumb. Now, nearly four hours later, my wrist is still a little sore. Hopefully, I’ll feel better tomorrow. If it doesn’t get better, it could limit my ability to paint. Maybe by avoiding doing fine line work, I can still make some progress.

While I was away yesterday, I bought some new paint. I got more of the lighter burgundy that I already had and I also found some Cadmium Red Deep. As we’ve already established, Cadmium Red Medium is my favorite red so finding a darker shade of it was great. After testing it, I found that it’s thick and spreads very evenly. I’m pretty excited to try it out on the painting, it seems to be the perfect shade.

I also picked up a couple of different blues. There’s no blue in this particular painting, but I did make another version of this design, as you can see in this picture that I posted in an earlier post:

Sisiutl Reflection printouts.
Sisiutl Reflection printouts.

If this red version sells, I’ll be painting the blue version. I was thinking ahead and trying to find a suitable blue so that I have it ready to go whenever I’m ready to start on it.

As an aside: since I’m painting for about 5 hours a day, that’s a lot of time to fill. When I’m painting, I always need some kind of background noise, I absolutely cannot work in complete silence. I don’t like listening to the radio because of the commercials and I’ve pretty much exhausted my extensive music collection. So what I’ve been doing lately is I have two MP3 players: one for music or podcasts, and another one for audio books.

I mostly listen to podcasts, but when I’m up to date on the ones that I follow, I switch to audio books. The one I’m currently listen to is David Copperfield, which I downloaded from LibriVox. They provide free audiobooks of classic books and I became interested in David Copperfield when I found out that my late father’s favorite band was Uriah Heep. The band got its name from a character in David Copperfield. I started reading an e-book some time ago but never finished it. I’m not sure why but I probably found another book that I wanted to read more and never got back to David Copperfield. Another thing is it’s a really long book. I might have lost patience but now that I have a lot of time to fill while I’m painting, I’m further ahead in the story than when I tried to read it.

That’s about all for now, tomorrow I’ll probably be touching up what I’ve painted so far. More on that later.


To keep up to date and see all the posts in this blog series, you can 1) click on “The Painting Process” link under the Categories list on the top left side of the blog home page, or 2) go here.

To see the timeline, go here.

The Complete Painting Process

Since blog posts in this series are listed by order of publication and appear in reverse order, I decided to list all the links in chronological order.