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New Year New Art------Work in progress!

I am not a full time artist.  In fact I have hardly touched my paints these past few years.  Life gets ahold of you, you blink and before you know it you are trying to find a way back to what you used to love so much.  I remember what some of my biggest issues were when I stopped painting.  My frustration left most paintings unfinished and my lack of time was a great excuse to let the dust build on all my supplies.  NO MORE!  I promised myself this year I would find a way back and I am getting there slowly but surely.  I recently took an art class to help brush up on the basics.  By the end of the class I was fired up and ready to go........but now I am trying to figure what next....Should I continue to work on some of the exercises we did in class?  Work on some of my old paintings?  Work on something new? 

I did find something in class that I had forgotten about that I feel is crucial to my growth as an artist......I found fellow artist.  We all shared the similar frustrations, dreams and demands for our time but most importantly the love of creating art.  I  really do hope that this group can come together again like it once did in supporting each other.   If anyone has any ideas or discussions they want to get started please let me know.

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Comment by Laurel Sternberg on November 9, 2011 at 3:12pm

Hi Anthony, I'm self taught, so my answer may not be academically correct, but I do paint a lot. I call a transparent layer of color a glaze. It's the only way I can achieve a smooth blend in acrylic. If you look at the musician paintings on my page, they're all acrylic, maybe 40-50 layers. In oil I work wet into wet. I keep the paint wet with slow-drying oils, so I don't have to glaze. Oil has been berry berry good to me.

Comment by Anthony Clark on November 9, 2011 at 12:41pm

This may be a very basic question but I keep coming back to it.  What is "glazing?" Is it putting an art piece behind glass or adding a shiny layer to your artwork?  I think it has some entirely different meaning in pottery. Thanks for any help offered.


Comment by Chantelle Grenke on October 27, 2011 at 2:57am

Greetings, please consider me a diamond in the rough, yes coal, but I am very shy about my visuals especially to open up about the meanings behind my work as it is personal.  Ironically after many years of creating for my family and self, this past year has had me expressing a substantial body of work, digital and hand drawn illustration.  All this growth has me plateauing without the help of others viewing my stuff and sharing their experience and learned knowledge.   I have taken a big step and committed myself to public showcase of my visuals at a local library and will be hosting my own art filled afternoon.  Any suggestions on simple preparations for a first timer and maybe some things to keep in mind so I don't lose sight of the purpose of my out reach which is simply to share what is meaningful to me in life, and the joy and personal depths I've experienced through connecting through art.

Comment by Jacob Pinto on October 24, 2011 at 2:45pm

I found that the only way to know a medium is to test it over and over. I love the fact that you're moving from one to another it is a POSITIVE approach, don't limit yourself  - explore.

Comment by Laurel Sternberg on July 21, 2011 at 12:46am

I layered when I used acrylics, but now in oil I work ala prima, by which I mean I lay down a good layer of paint and add into it while it's still wet.

The master who taught me to use clove oil ( answered my dull darks question thus: Varnish the painting a year later. Even if it WAS the clove oil, it's not worth losing the benefits of clove just to have shiny darks for a year. You might try a better brand of paint. Cheap paint dries duller in the darks. The surface may be covered with gesso and charcoal dust before you start painting----rub it down first. You should oil out the surface as well before applying paint. But really nothing I do prevents dulling. I just have to varnish in a year. Soluvar is a great varnish, slow drying so it doesn't leave droplets ( it self levels).

Comment by Karleen Loughran on July 20, 2011 at 12:52pm

I use one third de natured turp, one third damar varnish and one third linseed oil.  I am pretty happy with the results!  I stretch my paints because I layer a lot and transparency is key to the work I am doing.  I used to use wax, but my paintings started to peel!!! Very embarrassing!  I liked the way it made my paints transparent but was still very thick!

Comment by Laurel Sternberg on July 19, 2011 at 11:45pm
Thanks so much for your input, Christine.
Comment by Christine Rossi on July 19, 2011 at 10:30pm
@ Laurel the clove oil may be causing the dulling. It is very volatile. Try just the safflower oil or mix with some refined linseed oil (the safflower oil). I varnish with a damar varnish but only after things have been sitting for about 6 months. Sometimes things don't get varnished if they sell fast enough! but I always make the offer to varnish the painting down the road...
Comment by Laurel Sternberg on July 19, 2011 at 12:38pm
Ah, regarding colors dulling, I hate the way my burnt umber and black look when they dry. So matte. I don't usually varnish, should I? I've only been using oils for a couple of years, before that it was acrylic for years. For the type of blended painting I do, oils have made my life so much easier.
Comment by Christine Rossi on July 19, 2011 at 10:46am

Turpenoid works well for cleaning. But I think that too much of that and liquin tend to dull the color. I am always experimenting, and I agree with the gloves. Anything that is volatile needs to be used in ventilation and with gloves.  Also Murphy's oil soap or Master's Brush Cleaner works well for cleaning brushes if you can let the water dry off of them for a day or two.



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