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All the Strange Hours is a place to dis­cuss visual art. It is intended to pro­vide a resource of use­ful infor­ma­tion about art phi­los­o­phy, mate­ri­als, tech­niques, and his­tory. I also dis­cuss my own art, but this is not a per­sonal gallery site.

Com­ment policy

  • Com­ments are strongly encour­aged. If you have ques­tions or thoughts about what has been writ­ten here, or even just want to pro­vide kudos, please post a comment.
  • Polite and thought­ful dis­agree­ment is also encouraged.
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Cor­rec­tion policy

I make plenty of mis­takes. In order to help pro­vide the best pos­si­ble infor­ma­tion and to help avoid embar­rass­ment, I request that read­ers who notice errors let the author of the post know via com­ment or email.

  • When I cor­rect a minor error in a post (e.g., poor gram­mar, unclear writ­ing, mis­spelling) it is cor­rected with­out adding any indi­ca­tion that the post has been modified.
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  • When an error of any kind is pointed out, I cor­rect it and place an update notice, with thanks to the per­son who told us about the error, at the bot­tom of the post.

Link list policy

  • I will main­tain a lim­ited blogroll of use­ful resources and art blogs.
  • I won’t add a site to the blogroll until it has been active for sev­eral months.
  • I don’t put sites on the blogroll unless they have fre­quent (more than once per week) short “bloggy” posts, rea­son­ably fre­quent (more than once per month) extended arti­cles, or lots of use­ful sta­tic infor­ma­tion. If a site appears to be on hia­tus, I may take it off the link list temporarily.
  • I am always glad to hear about inter­est­ing and rel­e­vant sites. I don’t trade links, how­ever, so please don’t ask.


I try to make this site read­able by mod­ern web browsers. I also try to make it rea­son­ably acces­si­ble for folks who have dis­abil­i­ties. I am not a web designer, how­ever, so there are lim­its to how much I can do. If you have a prob­lem access­ing this site, please send David an email and he will try to fix it.

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Warn­ing and dis­claimer of liability

This site is pro­vided for infor­ma­tion pur­poses only. For all you know, I could be stu­pid or mali­cious, so don’t try this at home unless you are will­ing to accept the con­se­quences of things going badly wrong.

You are com­pletely respon­si­ble for your own prac­tices and mate­ri­als, with the full under­stand­ing that your results may be dif­fer­ent than mine. Art mate­ri­als can be haz­ardous or deadly to work with: you are respon­si­ble to learn about the mate­ri­als and processes you are using and take what­ever pre­cau­tions are nec­es­sary for the safety of your­self and oth­ers. The author assumes no respon­si­bil­ity and make no war­ranty, express or implied, includ­ing war­ranties of mer­chantabil­ity and fit­ness for a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose, or assumes any legal lia­bil­ity for the safety, accu­racy, com­plete­ness, use­ful­ness, or dis­tri­b­u­tion of any infor­ma­tion pro­vided here.


All of the con­tents of this weblog are copy­right 20062011 by the authors of their indi­vid­ual posts and arti­cles. Per­mis­sion is granted to quote brief sec­tions of text (only text) for review or ref­er­ence. All other rights are reserved.


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  1. Rose Bard says

    I have just found your weblog and I am delighted to read your thoughts regard­ing art. I have always liked read­ing and see­ing your art. I am glad I have found this web­site. Thanks.

  2. jeff freedner says

    I like the swatches, is this a good sam­ple of your palette? I notice you use a lot of Williams­burg paint.
    I do as well I have not used Doak’s paint yet but I will when I have to buy some more.

  3. David says


    This is most of the oil paint col­ors I own. My usual palette is just a few earths, with a cou­ple of other higher-chroma paints added as needed for the subject.

    I like Williams­burg paints a lot, espe­cially their earths (although I wish the paints were a lit­tle less stiff).

    Doak’s col­ors are a lot more creamy and some­times slightly oily. He’s a very inter­est­ing guy to talk to.

  4. aion kinah says

    Doak’s col­ors are a lot more creamy and some­times slightly oily. He’s a very inter­est­ing guy to talk to.

    • David Rourke says


      He sure is. I’ve known some who find him kind of irri­tat­ing, but I like opin­ion­ated peo­ple even when I dis­agree with them.