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7" x 5"
oil on masonite

Comments (6)


How do you get that crazing effect? Surely you don't do it all by hand?


After I do all the detail work, I finish it with a comercial art product that creates a natural crackle effect. Then I rub a little dart oil paint into the cracks to hightlight the edges. VIOLA, instant "age".

Good shop talk question!


Hmmm....I think you're being modest. Must take talent to do it. Were I to try it, it would probably fall apart in big flakes of paint. Can see it now, "Honey, I, uh, ah, "aged" that oil painting your Mom gave us, and, uh, well, uh, it looks really "old" now and, uh, well, uh, "ragged."


Yeah....that's the naturE of this kind of thing. What seems simple is really a slight of hand, a bit of magic.....AND LOTS OF PRACTICE,


Is it considered archival, this technique?


If you mean can it stand the test of time, I imagine the material is good to go.

I'll let you know in a century or so....


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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