Two Quick Artistic Items

Item number 1:

In case you missed the story last week, the oldest known copy of da Vinci's  Mona Lisa, was discovered at the Prado museum in Spain.

Done perhaps by a pupil of da Vinci, they think that the colors represent what da Vinci’s, looked like when it was freshly done during the Renaissance. Read the entire story by clicking here.

Item number 2:

As I continue to work on my new oil paintings for 2012, I wanted to just give a quick comment about one new art supply I purchased in the past year. It is the artist palette seal from a company called Masterson and it is GREAT.

This thing works fantastically well in keeping my oil paints from drying out. If you’re like me and your schedule does not allow you to oil paint everyday, I highly recommend you buy one of these.

I’m getting more and more into the habit of premixing values and colors. A couple weeks ago I mixed a new palette of colors on a Friday night. Painted with that same palette, the next day, the following Wednesday, the following Saturday and the following Sunday. Each time placing my palette back in the palette seal at the end of the session.



  1. Hi Joe! Checking out your blog for the first time. I have had one of these boxes for a long time and love it. I use a glass palette but at the end of the day I scoop all the leftover paint onto a disposable palette that I keep right in the Masterson and then it goes in the freezer. Works great!

    1. Sounds good Stephanie!
      Thanks for tip and the read.