Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pearly Whites II

I put my white swatches in a bright, south-facing window for the past week.  Here's a before and after:


Real world application: back when I used to do portrait commissions, I would sometimes tell people that if their painting started to look a bit dark or dingy, to put it in the window for a few days to brighten it up again.  I did hear back from some of my clients that they felt it made a noticeable difference to do this from time to time.

4 comments:

  1. I've heard you only have to do this light bleaching once and the yellowing of the oil in the paint film won't happen again...not sure if that's true; especially for thick paint. I'm happy you followed up, as the change is so significant. I wonder if museums have a safe way of achieving this effect with their paintings.
    Cheers,
    Scott

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  2. Hey guys, I like your blog a lot and, even more, your artwork.

    I see that you have been doing some experimentswith paint brands. According to your experience, is there a brand which you specially like, one you would recommend?

    All the best!

    Marcelo - Brazil

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    1. Thanks Marcelo. We are both pretty hooked on Rublev Lead White #2 by Natural Pigments. Great handling and very little yellowing.

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    2. A caveat to Dave's comment: we haven't tested the yellowing of Lead White #2, although it does use walnut oil as the vehicle, which yellows minimally.

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