Today I thought I would share some close-up detailed images of my paintings to show their texture. I use a palette knife to paint with to get a thick layer of paint, that is not always apparent from photos. These views show how textured they can get! I love the feel of thick paint and hope my clients like their unique look.
I do not varnish my paintings, because of the thickness of the paint, which is dry to the touch in 5-10 days, and safe for handling, but the layers are not 'hard' enough for applying a varnish for at least a year! Varnishing a painting too soon can cause problems for the painting down the line. I also prefer the look of a low-gloss paint film versus a glossy varnished-look. It is a more Modern look and fits my style. The oil paints I use have a rich, vibrant color all their own!
The bottom picture shows the depth of the canvas, which I paint on all sides. Most of my larger canvases are 1 3/8" thick (like the example above). And the smaller work (like 8x10 or 12x12) are 7/8" deep.