Apr
15
2013

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci

 

Celebrating the master painter Leonardo da Vinci on his 562nd birthday!

Here in the US, we mainly mark April 15th as the dreaded Tax Day — but a brighter way to remember this auspicious day is as the birthday of the lauded Renaissance master painter, Leonardo da Vinci!

Born on April 15th, 1452, Leonardo is perhaps the most recognized artist in the world. Not only was he a staggeringly talented painter, he was also a skilled scientist and genius inventor, greatly increasing the knowledge of the time on subjects such as anatomy, weaponry, geology, mathematics, and so much more. In a very real way, Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man!

Leonardo has been an inspiration to millions over the centuries — not only in artistic and scientific ideas, but as an icon of all that we feel a genius artist should stand for: invention, innovation, and a dedication to beauty. (Not to mention inspiring countless copies like this one of the Mona Lisa). But his household name is also used to imply these qualities in products — and here we've picked out a few of our favorites!

Some of our very favorite art supplies are named after our favorite Renaissance man; from oil paints and watercolors to kids' art supplies and studio easels, the name "da Vinci" marks them all!

 


Da Vinci painting supplies


Da Vinci studio supplies

 


So on this fresh spring day, think not of taxes and W-2's — think of everyone's favorite master painter, and the art, ideas, and materials he's inspired throughout the years. Then join us in wishing him a very Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

Apr
11
2013

Turner Watercolors and GarzaPapel Paper - A Review

 

Skilled watercolor artist Marcelo Daldoce reviews Turner Watercolors and GarzaPapel Handmade Paper!

Brazilian watercolorist Marcelo Daldoce is known for his skilled, luminous watercolor paintings, ranging from loose studies and sketches to meticulously detailed and even sculpted works. Needless to say, the 'success' of his paintings often hinges on the quality of the supplies used, be they paints, papers, brushes and more — as it does for any artist. Recently, Marcelo sat down to sketch with some Turner Concentrated Artists' Watercolors and GarzaPapel Handmade Watercolor paper — both of which are Jerry's exclusive items — and was kind enough to share his experiences with us!

 


 

Turner Artists' Watercolors reach a good combination of pigments and gum arabic. There is a good consistency that makes it vibrant and lightfast with a nice paint flow.

Like other brands, some colors are better than others. I favored the Cadmium and Burnt colors. The oxides and manganese violet had a gummy texture; which is normal in other brands. The highlight is the cost. For a 15ml tube you get good quality for a good price.

GarzaPapel Handmade Watercolor Paper absorbs the paint nicely. The cold press took a good time to dry; thus, making it easy to connect colors. I used the 280 lb. so, expectedly, there were no wrinkles while wet. The texture it leaves is a nice grain texture (perfect for loose watercolor paint). It has all the qualities good paper should have: acid free, handmade, 100% cotton. In addition, the cotton is 50% recycled, making it eco-friendly.

Both Turner and GarzaPapel are at the professional range and can compete with other established watercolor brands.

They are definitely worth a try!


Check out the video below to watch Marcelo sketch a figure from life using Turner Watercolors on GarzaPapel paper!

To learn more about Marcelo and his amazing watercolor artwork, visit his website at www.daldoce.com.


Some more artwork by Marcelo Daldoce:


What about you? Have you used any of these products? What did you like about them? Let us know in the comments below!

Apr
9
2013

Watercolorist Marcelo Daldoce in Jerry's Artist Spotlight

Brazilian artist Marcelo Daldoce works wonders in watercolors!

Native to São Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo Daldoce moved to Miami in 2010 to pursue life as a full-time artist. While currently working out of his personal studio, the former Bakehouse Art Complex resident has focused his works with watercolor in wholly unique ways. Daldoce infuses the medium with contemporary vitality through his style and subjects. Largely self-taught, he began painting at the age of 16. Four years later, he resided at Núcleo de Arte, an art school in Brazil. Prior to focusing solely on his painting, Daldoce worked at design studios and ad agencies in Brazil for several years, including an illustration studio, MACACOLÂNDIA, that he founded with three partners.

 


 

 

"When painting with watercolor, I control very little of the process... I have learned that in order to express myself, I must allow the water to do the same."

As Daldoce is a primarily self-taught painter, his unique style is not hampered by traditional conventions regarding the often-pigeonholed medium of watercolors. His works run the gamut from figure studies and landscapes to amazingly imaginative, complex designs that welcome the viewer into Daldoce's own unique vision of the world.

 


 

Recently, Daldoce has been breaking down the boundaries between the dimensions: transforming two dimensional paintings on paper into faceted gems that are meticulously sculpted to treat the eye from every possible angle.

"Bringing to life a flat surface, I strive to create a puzzle of what’s painted and what’s folded, what’s real and what’s illusion. Born naked of conceptions, day by day, year by year, we form intricate geometric masks that hide our true self, that conceal our complete being."

To learn more about Marcelo Daldoce, visit his website at www.daldoce.com.


What are your thoughts on Marcelo's beautiful, intricate watercolor artwork? Let us know in the comment below!

 

 

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