1. Bob
    January 1, 2009 @ 3:10 am

    Hello Jeff…I have just discovered your blog and beautiful paintings. It seems we have a similar working process in painting. You mentioned in a previous post that you work on toned grounds. I’ve heard that painting in oils, over time the paint becomes more translucent, and if painting on a dark ground, the painting will darken overall in tone over the course of years. Just curious if you had heard this? Thanks for sharing your wonderful work. I am looking forward to following your blog throughout the New Year!


  2. Jeff Hayes
    January 1, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    Thanks Bob – glad you found this blog!

    I am by no means an expert on materials or conservatorship, so you should take anything I say about this with the appropriate degree of skeptiscism.

    Yes, I have heard that claim before, and there is some controversy about it. My own opinion is that there are many variables that contribute to the preservation of oil paintings; any one of which might cause harmful consequences over time. The path I follow is to make reasonable efforts to use the best materials and proven methods. My goal is basically to produce paintings that will outlive me intact. If after that point they’re deemed worth saving, conservators can do the rest. Museums, after all, are full of paintings that require ongoing care and attention. So… if using a toned ground helps me produce a better painting (and I believe it does), then that outweighs concerns about future preservation.

    I wish you all the best for the New Year as well!


  3. Bob
    January 1, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    Thanks Jeff for an excellent answer to my question. I have the same approach and philosophy about my paintings. I watched a couple of your videos on youtube last night and was so impressed. Thank you and other artisit like you who are inspired to teach and carry on the centuries old proven methods of producing beautiful art.


  4. Jeff Hayes
    January 1, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    Thanks Bob, I’m glad you found something useful there,


  5. Cara Dawn Romero
    January 2, 2009 @ 3:01 am

    Looking forward to seeing more of this –


  6. Jeff Hayes
    January 2, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    Thanks Cara, I believe I’ll get to this one early next week.


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