Monday, January 12, 2009

BLOGS WE READ: Matthew Innis

Artist Matthew Innis writes a terrific blog about art - featuring both old masters and contemporary artists, with the occasional studio tip thrown in. 

Underpaintings: Tubing Paint

I've been surprised by the number of artists I've met in classes or workshops who have never tubed their own paint, and whose misconceptions on the difficulty of the task have deterred them from ever attempting the process. Tubing paint is really quite easy, and it is a good practice in which to get into: it can be a convenience if you like to pre-mix color strings before commencing a picture, a time saver if you are painting large areas of a flat non-standard color mixture, or a necessity if you accidentally puncture one of your commercially tubed paints, and you don't want to lose all of that expensive pigment due to it hardening within the tube. For these reasons, it is always a good idea to keep a few empty tubes in your studio.

This is basic overview of how I do it:


1. You need to have empty paint tubes. They are available from many different art supply stores, especially those which sell dry pigments.

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