Feb
10
2015

Multi-Media Artist Ron Croci Jerry's Artist Spotlight!

Introducing Ron Croci

Ron Croci is more than just an accomplished multi-media artist with 30 years of commercial and fine art experience. He continuously searches for new and different ways of expressing his love for the ocean.

As a water sports enthusiasts, surfer and diver, his paintings and prints depict joyful scenes of woman in water sports, ocean landscapes and beach scapes. Ron's artistic history began in the 1970's with a unique surrealistic style reflecting the tumultuous events of current society.

 

As time progressed and after numerous showings in prominent galleries and museums throughout the United States, his artistic themes evolved into more landscapes and expressive figurative art.

 

Castle Mare Beach on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, Ron's passion for bringing life to a canvas took on new and different forms, as he became a well-known illustrative artist in feature films, commercials, corporate and public murals and print illustrations.

At heart, Ron is first and foremost a fine artist, continuously perfecting his nationally-recognized vibrant figurative art and beach scape themes. He currently resides in Palos Verdes, California where he dedicates his full creative time producing luscious beachscapes and figurative art, as well as designing feature films for major motion picture studios. Ron's love for the ocean, vitality and water sports is clearly seen in all his rich and beautiful designs.

Ron's Gallery

Painted in Hawaii with LUKAS watercolors

 

The Casbah in Morocco/Ron Croci in action painting with LUKAS Watercolors

 

Ron painting the cliffs in Palos Verdes, California, from his boat, the Aqua Angel


Want more Ron Croci?

Stay tuned for Thursday's article, A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Ron Croci.

Feb
6
2015

AKUA- Pushing the Limits of Printmaking and Beyond

Originally created by professional printmaker Susan Rostow, Akua Intaglio Inks and Liquid Pigment Inks have pushed artists well beyond the boundaries of traditional printmaking. These revolutionary inks possess unique working properties that allow artists creative opportunities unlike anything else on the market:

  • Formulated to dry through absorption not evaporation, Akua Inks possess incredibly long open times meaning artists don't have to rush through their work.
  • Soy- (Intaglio) and gum- (Liquid Pigment) bases make for easy soap and water clean-up and a completely non-toxic working experience.
  • Inks are fume free, removing the need for expensive ventilation systems.
  • Line includes an impressive range of modifiers allowing artists to play with transparency and viscosity, increasing the creative potential offered with each use. 
  • Ideally- suited for a wide range of printmaking techniques, Akua Inks can be utilized for monotype, collagraph, intaglio/ etching and relief printing. 

Made from the highest-quality lightfast pigments, Akua Inks appeal to more than just printmakers. Artists from painters to mixed media artists, photographers to animators have found that Akua Inks open up possibilities beyond the expected. 

 

In addition, the Akua Pin Press makes it easy and affordable to print anywhere. See (below) how Susan Rostow incorporates printmaking, painterly techniques and the Pin Press to create stunning works of one-of-a-kind artwork! 

See the Pin Press in action!

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Feb
5
2015

5 Easy Printmaking Tips

Pro Tips for Printmaking Beginners

Although Printmaking has been around for hundreds of years now, with famous prints from artists such as Rembrandt, printmaking has recently exploded on popular social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. We here at Jerry's are all for this explosion of impressions, etching, lithography, and lino carvings, so we thought we'd share some advice from professional printmakers to make getting started in this exciting medium easy for even the most novice printmaker.

 

1. Work in Reverse

One of the most important things to remember when printmaking from a plate, stone or block is that your printed image will be the reverse of what you carve into your linoleum or printmaking block. To stay away from a finished project with backward words and images, plan everything out before hand with the end goal in mind so that whatever you create or the words you write end up facing the correct direction.

2. Always make sure your ink is tacky before you apply it

When you're getting ready to ink your block, make sure you apply extra ink to your inking plate before you start rolling with your brayer. While rolling, the brayer should be completely covered and the ink should be "tacky enough" that it makes a sticking sound akin to getting your boots stuck in the mud. 

3. Work Light to Dark

If you plan to use multiple colors in your print, it's best to start with the lightest color first, then work in the darker colors. This will help your lighter colors stand out against the darker backgrounds.

4. Selecting the best prints

When printmaking, you should always make an additional 25-50% more prints (copies) than you'd originally like to, just to cover your bases in case of ink covering issues, too light/too dark etc. Lay all your prints out on a table or working surface and then select the best one. This is called your Artist Proof. From there, your series should be the next best one that matches the proof, that is called your number one print. (For instance, if an addition is ten prints, you want to put that best print as 1/10, the next best print as 2/10 and so on. Museums use this notation style all the time to judge famous prints for their price points when considering buying work- the lower the number, the more valuable!)

5. Want to make clean up easy?

If you want to keep your hands clean from any messy ink, the best way to protect your hands is actually by washing them before you even start getting them messy in the first place. By washing your hands thoroughly with a water-soluble lotion, making sure you get your cuticles, fingernails, and all areas of your hand before you start, the inks will slide right off of your hands while you're working. You'll have such an easy clean up when you're done, you'll wonder why art was ever considered messy in the first place.

 

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