Feb
26
2013

Professional Artist Andy Russell - Artist Spotlight

Dreamscape painter Andy Russell loves Matisse acrylics!

 

Artist Andy Russell is widely recognized as a master in acrylic painting. He embarked on his artistic journey over 35 years ago, when he began having recurring dreams of vibrant and ethereal landscapes, which he then started translating into acrylic paintings of immense detail and glowing tones. He describes his painting style as "extended realism" — peaceful, utopian dreamscapes with impossible foliage and amazing architecture. Russell’s unique style is accomplished through multiple glazes and layers of acrylic paint, and he finds the Matisse line to be perfectly suited to his painting technique!

 

Watch the video below to hear about Andy's background, inspiration and technique in his own words, and get a glimpse into his perfect worlds!


Andy Russell on Matisse Acrylic Paints...

"Matisse Acrylic Paints have proven to be a pleasure to work with in so many ways. They are of the highest quality, richly pigmented and creamy smooth and perfect for the professional artist.

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look and Matisse Flow Acrylics for the smooth, highly detailed results. They are also excellent for covering large areas.

"I love colors and they come in a full range, which makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I almost think of them as flavors. I really like their unique colors such a Cadmium Orange Deep, Australian Red Violet and Australian Blue Gum, Australian Salmon Gum and Australian Sienna. After years of painting in acrylics, it is exciting and refreshing to use these new colors. Discovering them was like getting a 'booster shot' of creativity for my work.

"Matisse has everything I need from mixing mediums to varnishes, from Background Colors to Mix-In Dry Mediums. I have found that using Matisse Background Colors are great for covering large areas. I use a lot of Phthalo Blue in my skies, which is very transparent and requires at least six coats for my purposes. I have discovered I can use one coat of Midnight Blue Background Color and only two coats of Phthalo over that and get the same results. This not only saves money but also leaves me more time for the more creative parts of the work.

"I plan on trying almost everything they offer as I go and can hardly wait to experiment in opening new avenues for creativity.

"I have realized that mixing their Magenta Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium with varying amounts of Titanium White gives me a glowing, brilliant color for sunset and sunrise skies.

"Spreader Medium is perfect for the glazing technique. It gives a smooth, even coat of transparent color for brilliant results.

"I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylic Paints. I highly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter, to experience these paints for themselves."

Andy Russell


Learn more about painter Andy Russell and Matisse Acrylics, and visit his official website at www.andyrussell.com.



What do you think of Andy's beautifully surreal paintings?  What have your experiences with Matisse Acrylic Paints been? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Feb
19
2013

Jerry's Joins the Cow Parade for Charity

Jerry's sponsors and purchases a painted cow to benefit the NC Children's Hospital!

This past fall and winter, Raleigh, NC played host to the internationally famous Cow Parade, a community-driven art event designed to benefit local charities or organizations. As Raleigh is the hometown of Jerry's Artarama, of course we were excited to participate!

Cow Parade consists of, well, cows, and lots of them! Artists are provided with a fiberglass "blank" cow, which they can decorate however they choose — many artists choose to use aspects of the community or state as their theme. After a "parade" in which the cows are displayed at various locations for a couple months, they are taken down, spruced up, and put up for public auction.

Proceeds from Raleigh's 2012 Cow Parade go to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital, based in Chapel Hill, NC. The Children's Hospital works with pediatricians and hospitals across the state to provide healthcare for sick or injured children. In addition, the NC Children's Hospital focuses not only on the child, but on the entire family, providing care and support for all. With doctors expert in all pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialties, the NC Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats more than 70,000 children from across the state of North Carolina each year. When it comes to worthy beneficiaries, it doesn't get any better than them!

Is it any wonder we were chomping at the bit to participate in this fun and charitable event? Jerry's Artarama of Raleigh sponsored a cow designed by professional artist Micah Mullen, who we've been thrilled to work with in producing some educational art DVDs and whose artwork we greatly admire! The cow's name is Giovanni, and his design reflects the beauty of North Carolina's landscape. One side shows the calm reflection of North Carolina's beaches and coastal region, and the other the majesty of the NC mountains. And of course, Giovanni is painted completely in Micah's unique impressionistic style, using acrylic paints from right here at Jerry's!

Isn't he awesome? When time for the auction rolled around at the beginning of February, we couldn't bear to part with our Giovanni — so we bought him! Giovanni is now ensconced in his new "pasture" at the Jerry's Artarama Raleigh retail store.

So if you're in the area, come on by and say hi! Or perhaps you've had a Cow Parade in your home town too? Let us know how it went and tell us about it in the comments below!

Jan
14
2013

Prove It - Plutonium Spray Paint

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Prove It! - Plutonium Spray Paint...is it better?

Plutonium Professional Spray Paint has been making a big splash in the world of graffiti and street art And artists alike who are exploring other techniques. In this episode of Prove It!, Mikey G sets out to test Plutonium's claim that they are the most superior spray paint on the market. He will test and compare drying times, spray angles, and coverage with Plutonium spray paint and two of Plutonium's competitors.

Please enjoy this Prove It! video for Plutonium Sprays and let us know what you think in the comments below!

What do you think? Have you used any of these spray paints, and if so, what were your experiences? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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