Painting a Day 6: Mars Black

Handmade oil paint on linen, 5″x7″

This painting is based on a Chinese landscape that I saw in a book.

I made the paint by hand, mixing dry mars black (PBk11) pigment with walnut oil. I was very impressed with the resulting paint and really want to get some more dry pigments to do this with. I also made some titanium white (PW6) but didn’t use any in this painting. Both paints are very concentrated and feel as good if not better than a lot of the paint I buy in a tube. I applied the paint with a palette knife.

Earlier today I made another painting like this with my first batch of paint, which was thinner and had more oil in it. I posted it on twitpic here.

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