Let me say this to all that have seen my website. I have learned that I don’t ‘blog’ enough. So I am going to try and get a new page going that not only helps artists with technique, but talk about my everyday life as a painter. And I do apologize for the ‘educator’ in my home page description. My son says it’s so cumbersome a word. “Why not just say artist/teacher?” Anyway, today is July 14, 2014 and I am about to embark on a ‘blog’…
I hope it will be of value to anyone who comes across it.
Hmm…where to start? I am not going to give advice on how to market your work or find a gallery, because I am still working on doing this for my own work. But if I discover the magic formula, I will share it with you.
Create every day……..I do this most of the time, when I have enough acrylic paint and canvas. Last week I did three paintings on 24×30″ primed canvas. I will post the images when I get them photographed.
On how to start: Get yourself a space away from the family! Or the dogs! Find a nice enamel tray and use it for a palette. Working with acrylics, just submerge the palette in water and the paint will come right off. Some of the ideas I might give you are basic, but just in case you haven’t been reading all the how-to books, I will mention.
Tools: I don’t just use brushes as you might imagine from looking at my paintings. I use squeegees, brushes, rollers from my printing press, and palette knives. I have a squirt bottle filled with water if I want to jazz it up and go for spontaneity. I lay colors out on the tray and begin with the knife, spreading it on, then squeegeeing the colors together. These become transparent shapes and I use opaque shapes to create depth in an otherwise flat surface. I use Liquetex acrylics mostly, but others work too. My sort of painting, from the inside out, is something I have worked on for many years. I found a book helpful, by Prof. Dean Nimmer. You can find it online.
This is my first day blogging. Please give me suggestions on what you might welcome as information.