Warm weather painting
Posted by Martin on June 5, 2010
I’m not sure what to make of painting in such warm weather. One thing I do like is the light. I can set up my painting area back from the French windows at the back of the house and still enjoy plenty of natural light for close-up brushwork. On the downside, warm weather can be uncomfortable and it does seem to affect the paint. I’m inclined to think this has more to do with the straightforward impact of high temperatures rather than some more arcane effect caused by humidity. The paint seems to thicken up more quickly on the palette and then start to dry. This means I have to work more quickly than usual (perhaps no bad thing) and, crucially, put smaller amounts of paint out on the palette.
I particularly noticed this with the white strapping on this figure but the eventual result is pleasing and should look just fine after varnishing. Next up for this chap will be his grey overalls, then the handspike followed by weathering with mud colours before finishing off with details like his hands and the scabbard. I’m especially looking forward to doing the handspike in Prussian artillery grey-blue. These lighter shades of blue are ones that I rarely get the opportunity to use and that’ll make for an enjoyable variation.