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How the paintings are created.

a non gessoed panel (brown), and a gessoed panel (white) with brush, sandpaper and containers of gesso.
  • The white panel on the left in the picture has been partly prepared with gesso after it is sanded to roughen the smooth surface so the gesso will bond with it (you can see the shine on the brown panel).

  • It isn't done yet, it takes many coats of diluted gesso alternated with sanding to make it as smooth and white as possible, allowing maximum freedom in creating textures and colors.

  • This process can take up to a week, at two coats a day.
Edge of an oil painting
  • Here is a view of the edge of an oil painting. The masonite is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Click the picture to see a larger view.




  • Here is the back of an oil painting, showing the label and how the gesso is usually not applied to the back.
  •  After the gessoing is done, the oil paints are painted on in layers.

Both opaque paints and glazes (a clear tinted medium) are used to achieve the 3D effect and visionary imagery.

     The clear glazes bend light rays, making the light refract in different directions as you move, changing the image and bringing the painting alive with depth and motion.




Oil Painting Tips


First - Preparation

  • My paintings are oil on standard (untempered) masonite panel (brown panel).

  • The gesso is put on to isolate the oil paint from the oil in the panel to ensure permanency and color control.


Want to purchase Max Standley's artwork for your home or office?
Please contact R. Michelson Galleries to see and purchase available paintings and/or engravings (or Fine Impressions for engravings.

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