Aug
24
2010

Using Impasto Medium to Create Three Dimensional Effects by Micah Mullen

In depicting elements in nature relief effects give a 3-dimensional effect that really makes the paint “pop” right off the canvas.  In this painting technique I am using Matisse Structure paint (Carbon Grey) along with Matisse Impasto Medium to create tree bark.Step 1:  I mix a ratio of about 30% paint with 70% Impasto Medium.  Make sure the mixture is throughly mixed (I use a palette knife) when complete the mixture should be the color of the paint. Step 2:  Apply as much masking tape as needed over the area where the impasto mixture will be applied.   In this instance a width of about 4” of t... [More]
Jul
29
2010

Goals of the Heart by Cheryl Whitestone

Yes it may seem like a ridiculous goal to have chickens (particularly as an adult), but I have had a secret desire to someday have chickens. Last year I realized that goal. As an artist my goals have always been to be a great painter which is, in my estimation, able to capture light and the true feel of a place. Another goal was to make a living at this profession. Fortunately I have and am making a living with my art, and in lean times art has taught me how to stretch a dollar. I made homemade ricotta cheese the other day (p.s. it’s easy).  Don’t let the economic experts bring you down; people are buying paintings. I sold ... [More]
Jul
28
2010

AOC Update July 9, 2010

It has been a very busy couple of weeks since my last post and very HOT HOT HOT!…100 degrees plus in the shade! Family, friends, celebration, work, workshops, demos, gathering information, creating art for upcoming shows, making tie-dye tees, trying to be a good girl and walk every morning, meeting deadlines, having company, birthday parties, playing with smashed tiles, taking photographs. Boy oh boy, no “Lazy Days of Summer” on my agenda! Workshops are in full swing at the store and everyone is up to creating some fabulous work. We have demos and all sorts of inspiration available. Just walk right in and you can feel the ... [More]

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