Aug
29
2012

Prove It - Water-Mixable Oils vs. Traditional Oils

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Prove It!

Can YOU tell the difference between water-mixable oils and traditional oil paints? In this Prove It!, Mikey G sets out to see if people of various degrees of familiarity with art supplies can actually make out a discernible difference between two paintings, both exactly the same except for the paints used. Arist Dan Nelson painted two identical paintings, using either Cobra Water-Mixable Oils or Rembrandt Extra-Fine Artists' Oil Colors. What does Mikey G find out? The results may surprise you, but you'll have to watch to find out for yourself!

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

What do you think? Is it really so difficult to tell the difference between water-mixable and traditional oil colors? Have you performed a similar experiment of your own? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Aug
24
2012

A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Julie Petro

Julie Petro is an artist working in paint and residing in Colorado, and has gravitated to the impressionist school of art since she was a child. Her gallery of work is substantial, impressive, and varied. Beautiful painted flowers, commissioned portraiture, and smaller scale still-lifes find homes within her portfolio of work. But it is her magnificent paintings of dancers that perhaps best showcase her ability to render grace and movement frozen in a single instant, or as the artist herself calls it, "a moment of quiet concentration." All of it, though, is of a piece and is easily recognized as a Julie Petro.  Learn more about Julie in her Jerry's Artarama Artist Spotlight blog post, or by visiting her website at www.juliepetro.com.


"Reflections on 40" — Jerry's Back 2 School Sale Catalog cover

Featuring LUKAS 1862 Artists' Oil Colors

Artists have different reasons for doing self-portraits. Most of the time my reason is pretty simple: I want to paint from life and I'm the most available model I know. Any artist who's ever done a self-portrait can appreciate how easy it is to set up with a mirror and get a quick study done. But with Reflections on 40 I wanted to make more of a statement about my life as an artist after an important birthday milestone.

As with almost all of my paintings, this one started with a very clear vision. I worked out a few sketches, concentrating the painting's structure (composition and value) and giving myself several options to choose from. Then I used the sketch I was happiest with to set up a photo shoot in my studio. I probably took 200 photos that day, and 200 more on subsequent days to zoom in on different parts of the painting as it progressed and I determined that I needed to add or change elements.

Since I was working in a larger format (24" x 30"), I did a small, proportional color study, 8" x 10", to work out value and color relationships.

For the most part, the LUKAS 1862 Oil Color palette I use is consistent:

  • Titanium White
  • Cad Lemon
  • Cad Yellow Light
  • Cad Yellow Deep
  • Yellow Ochre Pale
  • Cad Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Viridian
  • Green Earth
  • Cobalt
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Ivory Black

The richness of the pigments of the LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors I used ensured I was able to capture the sumptuous variety of textures in the painting: glass, knit fabric, denim, hair, fur, wood, skin, paint, canvas, metal. The texture of the paint itself is buttery and flows easily. Since LUKAS paints seem to dry fairly quickly and this was a larger, more complex piece, I used poppy seed oil to extend the working time so I could return the same passage day after day if I needed to.

Also, with larger paintings I usually start out with a vine charcoal sketch so I can adjust the composition as I need to before I commit myself to paint. I follow up with a thin wash of a brownish color, massing in large areas and working up to thicker washes for darker areas. I then begin to block in color notes in their appropriate areas, slowly building up layers and thickness of paint, working all over the canvas at once.

 


Jerry's Artarama is pleased to feature Julie's impressive self portrait Reflections on 40 on our new Back 2 School Sale Catalog! For more information on Julie Petro and her lovely, impressionistic paintings, please visit http://www.juliepetro.com/.

 

This is brought to you by the Jerry's Artarama Online Art Team - Promoting Art and Artists in our communities - For possible inclusion or to learn more about this program, please email us at webmarketing@jerrysartarama.com

Aug
20
2012

Artist Spotlight - Julie Petro

A Portrait of the Artist: Julie Petro

by Kyle Kirves for Longmont Council of the Arts

It's easy for the mind's eye to conjure an image of a child, legs akimbo, head down, gazing intently at an open book. Maybe the level of exactitude in the details varies, some highly realistic, others as if seen through a slightly distorted piece of glass. Dreamlike and fluid, this single moment is worthy of capturing on canvas.

And if Julie Petro were to paint that mind's image, it might be called Self-portrait as a Young Girl.

Petro, an artist working in paint and residing in south Longmont, has gravitated to the impressionist school of art since she was a child. "I remember seeing John Singer Sargent's Fumée de Amber Gris in one of my mother's art books when I was really young," she says. "And that picture just kind of stayed there. The details of how he painted her hands. How her face — barely visible under the hood — was rendered with what seemed to be just a few perfectly placed brush strokes. It's a fascinating study of a person, especially since every detail isn't clearly defined."

Indeed, that early exposure manifests itself in Petro's own work, culled from the traditions of the impressionism. Citing that genre's ability to evoke energy and movement, Petro enjoys creating work that communicates a mood, personality, and fluidity via its focus on subjects captured in motion, or in a moment, rather than "details" in the strictest sense.

"It's an invitation," Petro says. "The person who looks at one of my paintings is invited in. You're invited to slow things down, read into that moment and find perhaps even find things that maybe aren't readily apparent."

That principle of moments makes Petro very open in terms of subject matter as well, finding inspiration in any number of sources. "I might be drawn to something as simple as a color in any given scene. Or a shape. Or edges or texture. And sometimes it's an observed moment in a life. A snapshot of sorts."

Snapshots play a key role in Petro's technique, too. She frequently carries a camera to capture moments from everyday life. Then, with these pictures in hand, she goes through an exercise of creating thumbnail sketches, playing and modifying the content and composition until the balance seems right and the "story" is there. She considers the angles of light and how that affects the image as a whole. Only then does she work up the idea as a compositional and value study on canvas and then scale up to the new piece. It's a practice that has brought her much success and that she places her faith in.

Petro says, "There's no substitute for good preparation. Laying the groundwork, putting the foundation down and building a solid structure is invaluable. It can take up a majority of the time spent on a painting." Then, half-laughing, "Proper preparation before the paint comes out is key. It doesn't matter whether you're painting a canvas or your kitchen. Once the prep work is solid, the painting sort of paints itself."

Her gallery of work is substantial, impressive, and varied. Beautiful painted flowers, commissioned portraiture, and smaller scale still-lifes find homes within her portfolio of work. But it is her magnificent paintings of dancers that perhaps best showcase her ability to render grace and movement frozen in a single instant, or as the artist herself calls it, "a moment of quiet concentration." All of it, though, is of a piece and is easily recognized as a Julie Petro.


Jerry's Artarama is pleased to feature Julie's impressive self portrait Reflections on 40 on our new Back 2 School Sale Catalog! For more information on Julie Petro and her lovely, impressionistic paintings, please visit http://www.juliepetro.com/.

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