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 tape is used.  I generally use more tape than is actually needed so the excess will catch any spillage in the removal process.

Step 3:  Once the tape is applied I use an Excel knife to cut out various shapes,  It is important to use a sharp exacto knife and a heavweight canvas, otherwise you risk cutting right through the canvas.

Step 4:  Once the tape is prepared, I use a palette knife and begin applying the impasto mixture. I like to use alot of the mixture, the impasto medium can hold peaks of about an inch.  One applied you can use the knife to smooth out the mixture, or you can leave rough or even add some textured details when the mixture is still wet.

Step 5: When the mixture is still wet begin lifting the layers of tape off.  Be sure to lift the layers by the outer layer first, otherwise you risk lifting all the layers at one and creating a mess.

When complete the Impasto mixture will take about 24 hours to fully dry.  During this drying period you can add texture and subtly shape the peaks.  Once dried, the peaks can be painted over just as if they were another layer of paint.

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Aug
23
2010

AOC 2010 Update!

Great news! The Art of the Carolinas 2010 brochures are out. They have been mailed, so if you are on our mailing list, you should see one in your mailbox early next week. Christina: Great job on the cover! Kim: Great job on the entire layout! Vendors: Thank you for the great prices and wonderful ads. Artists: What a whirlwind of workshops you are offering this year! We hope you will come to the show and help us celebrate our 10th annual Art of the Carolinas. If you would like a brochure mailed to you, a friend or your organization, give me a call at 919-876-6610 or 800-827-8478 x 156 and we’ll take care of you. Registration for the workshops is well underway, so if you want to sign up for your favorite instructors, do it now! All information is posted on our Web site, so feel free to check out what we’ll be offering you this year.
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See you in November!

Sharon DiGiulio
Event Coordinator

 

Aug
18
2010

Defeating "Da Funk" by Mike Rooney

Ever been in a "funk" and can't paint? If you're very serious about your painting (vs. doing it once in a while for fun) you know that "da funk" can really rattle you. Sometimes it hits you out of nowhere and sometimes it comes at other more predictable times.

Lets look at what causes it, and i'll give you some tips to get you going again.

First lets look at some things that cause "da funk."  One is sheer burnout. Lets say you've been working on a series of paintings or an event (like a show) that either took a long time to complete or took alot out of you (creatively and/or physically). For this symptom the remedy is to take a few days off. Sounds crazy but nothing but rest will get you jazzed again. You just dont have any steam left. Those few days off will give your Muse time to recover and when it does, it will begin to let you know by stirring those desires to paint again. Trust me, this happens to me all the time, and i think it happens to every artist (including me) just after delivering a show. There's such a feeling of let down and it can put the kabosh on your creative energy.

The second thing that can zap your Muse is a personal crisis or anything else that you're thinking about as much as you used to think about finding a painting. You just have to realize that sometimes life just gets in the way. Let's say you just got a bad diagnosis from the doctor, or you're spending night and day taking care of an elderly parent. The mind doesn't have time or desire to be creative. That makes sense, right? But why are we so frustrated when it happens? We have to let these things run their course and when they do, you'll find yourself wanting to sling that paint again.

Now, for a few ideas on getting that creativity jumpstarted... I've heard of still life painters going out to buy new still life props at the thrift stores, and i can see that working. Theyre getting interested in some new things to paint. As a plein air landscape painter, when i get bored i like to travel to a different city or region of the country to paint and this gets me going again. i usually do this at least four or five times a year to keep things interesting.

So the next time youre not feeling it, do one of two things:  1. rest and really dont worry about it (the urge to paint will return) or 2. get up and find something that really makes your motor run, and then go paint it.

And then like Jack Nicholson, you'll be saying, " I'm Baaaaccckkk!"

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