|Raw Umber Wipe Out|
I have tried this process before a couple of times and found it super frustrating as the paint kept either sticking & lifting off or sliding off the canvas. I was using different ratios of mineral spirits (OMS) and oil in the past and was probably too much as well compared to the ratio of paint. I tried a 60:40 ratio of oil and odorless mineral spirits as suggested by a amazing artist and teacher Terry Strickland. Viola, what a difference, plus I "probably" learned something during my past failed attempts.
I set up a couple of brown eggs in a black box I bought from IKEA ages ago. I built a still life box awhile back but it took up too much space in my already cluttered studio. I place a black table cloth inside and a piece of foam core on top to block the light. I then placed the eggs inside and adjusted my table lamp so that the light hit the eggs nicely from the side.
I then brushed the paint over the entire canvas working the paint into the weave of the canvas so there were no wipe speck of canvas to deal with later. I then took a cloth and wiped out the basic shapes of the eggs and cloth. I then added and removed paint using both my cloth and brushes to get the tonal ranges and shapes that I could see. Dipping a brush in the oil/OMS mixture when needed to lift out the lightest values.
It is still very rough and there are some areas where the edges of the shapes look a little to hard (now that I look at the photo online) but hopefully they can be softened more subsequent next layers. I am definitely going to play with this technique more in the near future.