Jun
22
2010

How to use Krylon® Gallery Series™ Quick Dry for Oil Paintings

Spray varnishes, fixatives and other art coatings are very easy to apply to your artwork, but before you point and spray, don’t forget to read the directions.  Fine art spray coatings can vary a great deal in how they are applied because they can vary dramatically in how they are made and what they do.  Reading the directions first will ensure you are happy with the results.

New Krylon® Quick Dry helps speed the oxidation process of oil paints so that a painting will dry faster.  It allows the oil paints to continue drying through the film. Quick Dry can be used at any stage of the painting process, so the directions call out several methods for using the product.

First of all, since you’ll be using the product during the creative process, you want to ventilate your studio. Ideally, it’s best to spray outside.  However, you fortunately do not need to spray much of this product for it to work, so it can be used indoors with ventilation.  When spraying inside, open windows and doors, use a fan, or use other means to ensure fresh air entry when you are spraying.  Don’t confuse Quick Dry with spray paint or spray varnishes – a small amount of misty spray is all that is needed so you won’t need to ventilate for long.  If you are still concerned, wearing respiratory protection is also helpful and most hardware stores sell a variety of painting masks.

Your painting should be sprayed in an upright position, and you can leave your painting on your easel while you are spraying.  If there are areas on the painting that you don’t want to spray, hold a piece of paper near those areas to block the spray.  Hold your can parallel to the surface of the painting about 10” to 12” away. For small areas, use very short light bursts of spray mist.  Again, not much product is needed to make the paint dry more quickly.  For larger areas, spray very lightly across the surface, from left to right, overlapping each pass slightly so no spots are missed. 

You can use Quick Dry like a medium in your paint.  Just spray a small amount directly into the oil paint on your palette and mix it in with a brush.  Lightly tap your finger onto the spray button and quickly release it.  You may need to do this more than once depending on the amount of paint on your palette. Using Quick Dry in this way improves both paint flow and dry time.

To prevent blending of colors and to add highlights on your painting, allow wet oil paint to sit for one hour at room temperature before lightly spraying with Quick Dry.  Wait 24 to 72 hours for the oil paint to oxidize before adding your next layer of

oil paint.  The time depends on the thickness of the paint layers.

When your painting is completed, you can also spray one light misty coat of Quick Dry to ensure the painting will cure faster.  This will help you transport your painting and sell it faster.  Quick Dry is compatible with Krylon Conservation Retouch Varnish, so you can apply a coat of retouch varnish at this point as well to unify the look of your painting if desired.  Additionally, when fully dry, your painting can be safely varnished.

Using Krylon Quick Dry will make you more productive by saving you time and allowing you to either sell or enjoy your paintings that much faster.  For professionals, that means you can work on fewer pieces of art at the same time because you’ll have more time for creativity.

 

 

Jun
21
2010

Prepaing to Sell - Portfolios and Details by Valerie (Valry) Drake

As artists we love to create – but when it comes to the details of selling we are sometimes a little reluctant. Just in case I get someone who actually wants to know about my work, I have to have a portfolio to show them. Whether this person is a potential customer, gallery owner, or just seems interested in art, having information to give them and recording the information you discover about the person is invaluable.


First, in order to create a portfolio, I have to have pictures of all of my artwork. EVERYTHING I do gets either scanned (at 400 dpi) or digitally photographed and saved on my computer. My documents are named with the name of the painting, size, medium, and date. On my computer I keep the art in folders by the year of creation.


I have two versions of my portfolio.


One is the print version which has the typical photos of my work in acetate page protectors. ALL of the prints are high quality color prints and are consistently on good quality white paper that exactly fits the page protectors. Each print is on the right hand side of the binder and on the left side is an information page. At the front of the binder is a bio with my picture. At the back is an artist’s statement.


The other version is a Powerpoint® with all the same stuff. It includes music and smooth transitions between all pages. I have copies of this on CDs and I can easily give it to anyone who is interested. Oh, and of course, the CD has a label with my contact information clearly printed in large type.


Whenever I am displaying my work, teaching a class, or sometimes even when I’m plein-air painting, I have my portfolio (both print and CD) displayed.


On occasions when I don’t have my portfolio and the conversation turns to art, I at least have a business card with me. Yes, I’m sure that hundreds of my business cards are carelessly thrown away at the first opportunity, but you never know.
It’s also important to keep careful records of who we speak with and what we talk about. Include hints about where you met the person, what they looked like, and any personal information you discovered (such as the person loves golf or has twin daughters). Always ask for a person’s e-mail address and ask if you can include them in your mailing list. A couple of weeks after meeting the person find some excuse to follow up by mail or possibly a phone call.


So why (other than just being OC) do I go to THIS MUCH work? Because there are THOUSANDS of artists out there. Competition is steep. If I do not present myself and my product well then I may get overlooked. Are art purchases based solely on quality? No. Does fame and success come to whoever is worthy? No. If you paint the best painting in the world will someone, somehow barge their way into your studio and fall at your feet weeping and begging to purchase it? No. These are things we all know. It is a rough market out there and we have to work hard to get our little piece of the pie.

www.valry.com

cafepress.com/valry

 

 

Jun
17
2010

AOC Update June 17, 2010

For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to put together the major puzzle for AOC, which is the schedule for the show: when the artist teaches, which room, based on how many students I think will sign up and all based on their own personal wishes, and various tasks they may be required to perform at the show, such as set up, demo, sign books, etc. Well, when you take all the information x 30 or so artists x 13 rooms x 4 days, throw in some oil, acrylics, a little watercolor, a dash of pastel and a bit of pencil, a girl like me has to take a deep breath and procrastinate just a tad longer...
I actually had made three previous attempts at the puzzle, but just could not get it right. Plus with the background office "noise" - phones ringing, questions answered, orders for workshops taken, supplies described, laughter (or groans), directions given - my concentration just kept getting interrupted. Another day had passed and I still did not have this crucial part of the planning for AOC 2010!
Meanwhile, I made it through all the other piles of "stuff I need to get to later" and was down to just the schedule. Once the schedule is complete, that begins a whole new "stuff I need to get to later" pile.
About 2pm, I came up with the solution. Leave! I grabbed my laptop and put all the important papers in a folder and left for home. I set up at the kitchen table at the Queen's chair and proceeded to work on the puzzle. Okay, where's my folder? Geez, I'm so used to having my info right where I need it. Thank you Christina for scanning and e-mailing "the IMPORTANT paper" to me!
After four hours and fifteen minutes straight, I have it! YEH! The puzzle is complete.
I'm pretty sure this year's schedule will work for everyone! I will be posting everything on line within my usual time frame, so please check back to the Web site!

 

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