|Paint Table, oils, 5 x 7", palette knife drawing exercise #1|
Making charts as well as painting pictures require regular brush and palette cleaning throughout the painting process.
Schmid cleans his palette every twenty minutes during a painting session. He cleans his brush after every stroke. YES, EVERY STROKE. Cleaning his brushes involves two canisters of mineral spirits. After applying a color, he cleanses the brush in one container, wipes it relatively clean, then cleanses it in the other container and wipes it cleaner. Lot's of rags or high end paper toweling is used.
|My new palette knives, shiny and bright with flat handles. They do not roll over |
when set down like the old encrusted ones on the right.
upon mixing color
As for the sludge, I don't recall that he mentioned how he disposed of it.
I've decided to wipe it out and throw the paper toweling into a tightly closed receptacle to be thrown away. Washing it down the drain just seems irresponsible. We do not want poisoness paint pigments going back into our water supply.