I set up this little still life just for some practice. Because I like trying new things I purchased some Maroger medium. I know it's the kind David Leffel and his group like to use so I thought I'd give it a try. Honestly I see why they like it. It produces such a beautiful consistency and richness to the paint. Especially in backgrounds. It really helps create a viscosity that allows the paint to flow off of your brush without losing its intensity. It's hard to explain but it just feels great. The big drawback? It's kind of pricey. I don't see myself using it for every painting just because I don't think it's always the effect I'm after, but I'm not sure, I'll have to play with it some more.
This is probably a no-no, but I used the medium just in the background after completing a couple of passes with a medium that I mix up. I only did this because the Maroger had come in the mail well after I'd started the painting. If it's not the most archival or orthodox way of doing things who cares. I did this painting to learn and I feel that I have.
Anyway, here it is in 2 stages.
11 x 14 - Oil on linen