Have you ever considered eliminating burnt sienna from your palette? After all, it’s probably one of the most popular earth toned colors found on painters’ palettes. I know it is one of my favorites and for most of my painting career, I always squirted it out of a tube.
Water soluble oils have arrived! Actually, they showed up in art materials stores over 20 years ago, but are just now becoming known and more frequently used. They are also called “water mixable” oils. Either will suffice, though I prefer water mixable because soluble can imply that the paint, once dried, will dissolve if it comes in contact with water.
I began working in water mixable oils in 2002, having been introduced to them at a plein air workshop. At that time, only a few brands were available. The most reliable and consistent was Duo by Holbein. Having come from 15 years of working in watercolors and a few years with pastels, I had not spent a lot of time with traditional oil paints. Hence, I dove in without much bias toward regular oils. [Read more…]
Have you ever wondered how to interpret abstract art? In my humble opinion, if an abstract painting is compelling, it will have something that retains your attention, draws you in, keeps you looking and generates an emotional and/or intellectual response.
Before I continue, I want to stop and define what I mean by abstract art. I am referring to two-dimensional paintings that do not contain any recognizable subject. To be more accurate, I am discussing about what is called non-objective art. Non-objective art is clunky to say and write, so bear with me as I use the easier phrase of ‘abstract art.’ My apologies if I offend anyone.
Some Questions You Could Ask Yourself When You Interpret Abstract Art:
Whether you like abstract art or not, consider theses questions as a place to start when you are viewing an abstract painting
- Am I trying to figure out what it looks like or represents rather than allowing something to emerge from what has been painted? [Read more…]
What is ‘alcohol obsessed painting?’ As a creative, do you sometimes find yourself obsessed with some technique or skill that you would like to learn? My latest obsession is alcohol. No, not the kind that comes in a whiskey bottle, but the rubbing or isopropyl alcohol that you can purchase in any grocery or pharmacy for about $0.79.
Below you can see the under painting for 3 different paintings where I used alcohol to create amebae-like shapes. You can probably surmise that I am, in fact, obsessed with this alcohol technique! LOL! Many would say that I have gone overboard.
How Do I Create These Alcohol Obsessed Paintings?
Please let me start out with a qualifier: I have only been experimenting with this obsession for a couple of months, so I know I have more to learn. Your suggestions and experiences are welcomed.
These are my basic materials:
It was two weeks before my solo show “Unveiling the Invisible: Abstracts Sparking Your Imagination,” and my head was spinning with things I needed to get done. Feeling overwhelmed, I finally sat done and wrote out my “to do” list — again. I had written one out a few months earlier, but now it was time to know exactly all of the nitty-gritty things that I needed to get done.
Once the list was completed, I felt both relieved and discouraged. I started questioning whether I could actually check everything off the list within 14 days! After I took a deep breath, I felt more in control and confident. Flying by the seat of pants is not how I like to operate. Here is my studio a few days before I started packing 19 paintings.