"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, June 28, 2010

David Milne, Canadian Painter

This is a portrait of David Milne, Canadian painter 1882-1953. I have also included a closeup shot of the face as I just love the way his eyes are darting over to his unfinished work. This was done today using an old black and white photo as a reference. I love doing that as I am free to experiment with color and I am very pleased at the color in this painting. I tried out Gamblins Torrit Grey which is a wonderful greenish grey that mixes well with other colors. Torrit Grey is actually the residue of paint left behind on the Gamblin Artist Oil colors filtration system. Gamblin donated a tube of this color to each participating artist who attended the recent Women Artists of the West National Show in El Cajon, CA. I really enjoyed using this unique color today and will purchase another tube when this one runs out.


  1. Okay, now I'm going to have to break out my torrit grey again. I got a free tube of it a few months ago and toned my canvas with it! It's a very unique color... Susan, this is beautiful! I was looking forward to seeing another horse in flight, but I am not disappointed.

  2. You are quite the master at rendering figures (both human and equine)! I love your paintings, and your blog! Definitely will return!

  3. Thanks, Gina. In my workshop with Nancy Chaboun I learned that she uses an Old Holland color called violet grey to cool some of her mixes. This can be mixed using permanennt rose and colbalt with a dash of white. I like using that as well. I am glad you like the painting - thanks for commenting.
    Hi, Kelley, I am thrilled that you find my blog interesting and will return. Welcome and thank you!


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