Lots of paint under the bridge December 26, 2017 10:10I like that the casein paints I make are not at all chalky or high in tone like I read they would be. I like that I can get a lot of contrast, which I read I would not be able to do with casein (must have been about the casein emulsions). It's really nice that they don't have a smell and they clean up with water. They are really intense because they sit mostly on top of the support. I'm getting the hang of how to mix the binder with the pigments, and I made the right decision to use pigment dispersions instead of sticking to dry pigments. The latter are very romantic but messy, and neatness is not my strong point. And the dispersions allow me to use all sorts of vivid synthetic pigments that would be hellish to try to mix dry for various reasons.
New colors, new paints September 24, 2017 10:46I found a place that supplies pigments to artists, and what's especially interesting about them is that they sell not only dry pigments but pigment dispersions as well as a variety of viscosities of acrylic binders. The dispersions mean that you can mix your own paint without having to worry about wearing a mask, contaminating your space, or using a muller. You can make these dispersions into acrylics, watercolors, and other stuff. They have a bunch of them.
Speaking My Own Language July 24, 2017 14:14I started my most recent painting over three times (one of the great things about painting flat with acrylic is being able to start over on the same support). First, I tried some color combinations that I've always liked but never used. I realized that they just weren't me and that I should avoid using these combos in future and instead seek out the colors *I* like to paint with.
The Necessity of Changing My Style June 17, 2017 20:08 1 Comment
Supports: Wood Panels June 5, 2017 11:45 2 Comments
Rose Moon and Vibrating Color June 3, 2017 08:18
In Spirit of Rose Moon, I let myself play with color a lot more. I worked hard with many layers of glazing to get a good gradation in the sky area of pale yellow to pink to blue. My efforts paid off, I think. Read more...
Painting Gimmicks March 26, 2017 18:05
Gesso & Brushes January 24, 2017 09:31
I've been messing with gesso a lot. I love the smooth surface I get from using the clay scraper, but it is incredibly messy, so I tried applying it with rollers and then sanding. Read more...
Almost finished with "Hope of Transformation" December 26, 2016 14:18
Vessels Series: The Black Crow December 7, 2016 10:43
My next work in the series is "The Black Crow" (sometimes also called the Black Toad) which is based partly on the alchemical idea of the first stage in alchemy, which involves, yes, rotting or putrefaction. Read more...
Vessels Series: Moon Vessel Finished December 6, 2016 18:46
I like the vibe of this painting as somewhat like a tarot card. I'm really glad that I started this series. It is much more to my taste than anything else I've done recently. It gets my imagination going and I feel like I am producing much more interesting images. Read more...
Vessels: Moon Vessel November 20, 2016 19:35
Aquarius Moon is an Asshole + Finished But Not September 18, 2016 15:59
I finished that painting, which became the somewhat odd "Nymph and Her Children." This was my first real step into surrealism, if I can call it that. Since then, I have set off boldly in the surrealist direction. Read more...
So much for that decision September 16, 2016 14:52
Indecision: Post-Modern Vanitas vs. Spare Luminism September 11, 2016 15:16
Finally Here! September 6, 2016 10:01
Politics and [My] Art July 30, 2016 19:55
Some people believe that the combination of politics and art in general is a deadly mix, but I'm more of the school that art can never be free of politics--that even "art for art's sake" is a political statement (thank you, Russian Formalism). Read more...
The Intimidations of Canvas June 5, 2016 10:49
The Spiritual Landscape April 25, 2016 11:09
Whistler and Lautrec April 8, 2016 20:40
Whistler would work on a painting for hours and be all happy about it for 15 minutes, "It's GREAT!", bragging all over about it, and then an hour later he'd go and scrape it off the canvas, terrified that someone would see it and think what a crap artist he was. Read more...
Water March 6, 2016 18:35
I finished a painting I've been working on for a week, Morning Star, but I was not pleased with the way it turned out for a number of reasons. One of them was the water. Read more...
Competitions February 21, 2016 15:01 3 Comments
The various requirements of competitions have forced me to think about how I describe what I do not only to the rest of the world but how it feels to me, to put that feeling into words so that I can examine it and think about it further. Read more...
It's a Size Thing January 15, 2016 11:41
Letting Images Arise: Automatism December 28, 2015 18:25 1 Comment
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