However, to achieve this important capability requires some very specific working procedures. I will illustrate this process through photos of my pallets for the Statue of Liberty painting covered in my recent posts.
The following photo depicts the pallet that I have been using for the statue land and water objects.
The second important point is that I use NO water at any time in the painting process, except to clean the brushes. If I use water to clean a brush during the painting process, I make sure to wipe it in a paper towel before using it again with paint. During the painting process, if I want to dilute or thicken the paint, I use the various mediums that are part of the OPEN line. Or. mixtures of OPEN and regular mediums for pallet knife painting, as I have described in posts on 4/1/12 and 4/2/12. Note all of the containers of medium on my painting table in the above photo.
The final cleaning of the brushes at the end of the painting session is a special process which I will describe later in this post.
The third point I want to make is that I may use multiple pallets for a single painting. In the case of the Statue of Liberty painting, I have a second pallet for the sky and water portions of the picture, which is depicted in the examples below. The reason for this is that the sky and sea are large areas with many shades and tints of color that I want to preserve and modify as I develop this part of the painting.
Again it is important not to use water for this purpose. Water breaks down the binder in the paint and exacerbates color shift as colors dry.
The final topic I want to discuss is the process for cleaning the brushes as depicted in the following photo.
This process seems to be extremely effective and prolongs the life of my brushes. This is important to me in that I use very high quality brushes, including sable, mongoose, and bristle.
Previously, I have also covered my approach to pallet knife painting with Golden OPEN acrylics in posts on 4/1/12 and 4/2/12, and my approach to my augmented pallet of the Golden OPEN Modern Set of Colors in a post on 5/1/12. These processes have taken me quite a while to develop, and I hope that they can be useful to others. Happy painting!