4. Paint

In the Studio with Mickalene Thomas
Mar 27, 2013 5:52PM

“We organize the paints according to the paintings that we’re working with. When we’re figuring out the under-color [of a painting], we should be able to say ‘I’m going to go to YE45 and that’s there’ and see that color. And I could just go to the paint chips and say ‘Oh, I want this color’ and then we can see if we have more of it. Then if I want to change a color, I could just pick a color from here and match it and change it. The paint library was an addition to the studio when [my studio manager] Jeff started. What I really like about it is that if I need to touch up a painting at a collector’s house, we can have that color here and kind of match it if needed. It’s a real system, which is nice.”

“I used to work with mostly enamels and acrylic but then I started going back to working with oil because I really like it; I was missing the fact that my paintings didn’t have that oil smell or quality. My studio for many years wasn’t smelling like paint. You saw paint, but it wasn’t smelling like paint and I wanted my paintings to have more of a relationship to painting.”

In the Studio with Mickalene Thomas
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