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Autumn Leaves

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wenda Spooner Jun 17, 2017. 7 Replies

This was done on Foamcore…Continue

Tags: Fluid, Acrylics, Texture, Paste, Crackle

Malcolm's 10,000 hours

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark S Ward Jun 3, 2017. 3 Replies

This is loosely based upon a two-page article in the Mat 12, 2017 issue of The Week, a weekly news magazine.Malcolm Gladwell is credited with determining that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to…Continue

Hanging your work - Quick Clips

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Eisener May 18, 2017. 2 Replies

Earlier this month I was in a frame shop in Raleigh NC operated by an artist who is also a certified professional framer.  She has lots of award ribbons to attest to her achievements in both fields. …Continue

Tags: Art, Systems, Acorn, cord, Clip

Painting on paper

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah Irland Mar 29, 2017. 2 Replies

Golden newsletter Golden today published their newsletter, which contains two articles regards painting on paper with oils, and with acrylics. …Continue

Tags: on, acrylics, oils, substrate, paper

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Charles Eisener commented on Deborah Alavosius's photo

Barn Angles

"Very nice, Deborah!  Consistent lighting, and the geometry captured in a realistic manner.  Particularly impressed with the colour and texture in the foreground rocks.  New England for sure!"
Jan 16
Charles Eisener replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Hmmm.  Good center of focus, nice lead in, true to the criteria, and quite abstract in design; enough detail to define the setting but very loose overall.  I think you have a winner!!  Moody Blues? The studio is in NC and I am in…"
Jan 16
Charles Eisener replied to Marion's discussion Moonlit Shore
"Gel medium is really nice when you need to get a sense of depth or transparency, or even "dilute" your paints a bit.  For straight texture, I prefer Light Modeling Paste.  This is easy to apply, has less shrinkage, and dries…"
Jan 15
Charles Eisener replied to Marion's discussion Moonlit Shore
"Marion - you are not the only one to discover that issue with gel medium gloss!  I ended up using a fairly stiff bristle brush to cover the affected surface with a thin application of gloss medium.  Perhaps the gel has to dry longer before…"
Jan 15
Charles Eisener replied to John G DeMoss's discussion Gouache
"Yes!  I have several Navajo paintings done in gouache; the appearance is more like poster paint than watercolour.  Gives a very different atmosphere to the work."
Jan 14
Charles Eisener replied to John G DeMoss's discussion Gouache
"John, I have no experience with this medium.  I did get a couple sample tubes of "acrylic gouache" included with an order of acrylics, but have not played around with them.  Are you working with the traditional or the new acrylic…"
Jan 13
Charles Eisener commented on Sarah Irland's photo

Eastern Red Columbine

"Sarah - have to disagree with you on this one! IF you were doing this as a technical botanical illustration, I would agree with your urge to lighten the lower background as it competes a bit with the foliage.  As a piece of art, the darker…"
Jan 13
Charles Eisener replied to Karen Ilari's discussion A Game!
"Saturated would indicate "full-strength", bright, intense colours as opposed to muted and subdued.  Not garish per se, but well lighted with fair amount of colour.  Being a  fall sunny setting, one might expect bright fall…"
Jan 11
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Lightburn's discussion Paint colors and brands
"Transparent skies.  Have you ever seen a photographic print that needed custom transparent dyes to render the sky in a realistic manner?  In a painting, the sky is one of several planes, most often the very background.  Does…"
Dec 7, 2017
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Lightburn's discussion Paint colors and brands
"Opaque colours cover the underlying layer, while transparent colours allow more of the previous layer to show through.  There is no difference in "coverage" from the perspective of how large an area a given amount of paint will…"
Dec 6, 2017
Charles Eisener replied to Janet Lightburn's discussion Paint colors and brands
"Hi Janet! When deciding upon a colour palette, it is important to look at a number of things, not just what might work at the moment. While you mention W&N by brand, are you talking about artists grade paint or academic/student grade? Regardless…"
Dec 6, 2017
Charles Eisener replied to Brad Powell's discussion Siesta Key
"Yes!!  Apart from the relaxing setting, scenes like this need a focus.  You have provided that in a very dramatic manner - the large red beach umbrella and smaller points of red and yellow contrast with the overall cool tones and bring the…"
Nov 30, 2017
Charles Eisener replied to Wendy Robertson's discussion Finishing detail
"Hi Wendy - I have not tried this sort of detail before, but Sarah does raise some good points.  I noted recently that some acrylic artists use fluid acrylics for signing rather than diluted tube colours.  Might be easier to control colour…"
Nov 10, 2017
Charles Eisener commented on Art's photo

Oils on stretched canvas

"Nice one, Art!  The black background gives a very luminous quality to the petals."
Oct 22, 2017
Charles Eisener commented on Art's photo


"Dear Art - I cringe every time you use that "Hun" term when responding to one of the ladies on Karen's site.  Lots of things have changed since we were young, and typically for the better.  Using the "N" word was…"
Oct 16, 2017
Charles Eisener commented on Ken Dinneen's photo

Long-Eared Owl

"The photo was taken in the UK, so this would not be the North American species. A photo by another UK photographer on the same site shows the erect tufts, rather than having them blown back as in this shot. Had not seen this species before, so the…"
Sep 26, 2017

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
It's been a while
What other mediums have you used?
oils, colored pencil, digital, photography
Are their specific things you would like to learn?
Just looking to get comfortable with acrylics again after decades of no activity. The price of raising a family . . .

I started oil painting while in high school, and basically taught myself as we had no art program. First attempts were awful crude! And those 8x10 panels were just soooo big!

By the mid 50's I switched to acrylics as it took forever for knife paintings to dry, and the smell did not really please my parents. Unfortunately surface preparation was not a big issue back then, so a number of works fell victim to SID and got tossed out. That was not easy, but had to face the music.

Now retired, the paints are calling once more. Acrylics have changed a lot, and technical information is readily available to allow minimal risk of SID, for example. The colors from different manufacturers have a myriad of names, but can often be cross referenced via the actual pigment used. This is not infallible, as different quantities of the same pigment can produce different shades of paint, but it does provide useful comparisons.

Currently have two 16 x 20 panels on the go, both of which have multiple layers of glaze, plus a 9 x 12 based upon a photo taken a couple years back along the St Lawrence River in northern NY. There is no rush to finish these, so I am taking my time, and often go back and forth between pieces in the same session.

Before you can paint, you have to see. After my absence from the easel, I have to learn again to see. 

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At 6:24am on June 25, 2017, Janet Rydberg said…

thank you for the greeting and the tips. I am starting at the beginning and am learning a lot. Starting with the color chart. I am pretty much self taught and need the beginner lessons.

At 6:03pm on May 20, 2017, Gina Peckford said…
Thanks, so much, Charles, for the welcome. Nice to hear you know Kingston! I'm very new at this and plan to start with Karen's tips about colour charts to get to know my colours.
At 8:33am on November 16, 2016, Wanda McDonald said…

Charles, it is very mild where I live....hardly ever freezes and this are not really out in the main elements, in fact the soil of this brick garden needs watering every couple of weeks during the winter, so I would water around them.. I also sealed the rocks before painting on them and then sealed them again after the painting was done. Will see how it goes.

At 2:12pm on October 16, 2016, Tracy Carr said…
Thanks so much!
At 4:53pm on October 9, 2016, Mary said…

Hi Charles:  I only wish I could compete with some of the talent up here.  It's a big artist community so there is always somewhere to go and look at other people's art work which I love.  Sound like you are ok where you'll be, whenever that happens.  Hope your daughter is safe and minimal damage. Mother Nature is having her way.  

At 4:51pm on September 12, 2016, Corinne Comeau said…

Hey, thanks for the info, I do know Andre and Maxine Boudreau (small world).  I just started painting in June so I probably won't be posting any photos any time soon, lol

At 10:05am on July 19, 2016, Lainie Hoglan said…

Thank you for the welcome, Charles.  I love the outer banks, NC, haven't been there in years.  But wouldn't trade Sedona for anything.  Relocated from Poconos 3 years ago, and been taking tons of photos, but want to get back into painting.  I dabbled with watercolors, took a couple of Community College classes about 10 years ago after retiring, and mostly did snow and stream, scenes.  It was gorgeous there in the winter.  Want to try acrylics now.  I keep looking out the window at the red rocks, down in my flower garden, and at my photos, and know acrylic painting is very different from watercolor, just need to jump in and get my feet wet, but decided to watch a couple of videos to get  a few techniques.  Really enjoyed the geranium garden series, so joined the group, but not sure what the group is all about, or how to post.

At 2:33pm on February 17, 2016, Philippe JOLLIVET said…

Hi Charles! I'm glad you gave me your opinion about my abstract (we should do that more often). It's very interesting, argued and helpful. The point is that I understand intellectually everything you explained but... I can't really feel it by myself (that's the big problem with abstracts).

(Moreover the left side of the real painting in more light than the photo.) So I think I'm going to let this painting in its poor condition. Don't hesitate to express a critical point of view on my paintings. That's the way to improve oneself. Thanks again. Philippe

At 6:03pm on January 18, 2016, Mary said…

Hi Charles:  Glad to be friends, thanks for asking.  We will almost be neighbors!  We moved here from Chicago in June, 2014 and could not be more pleased with our decision.  The weather is a big improvement - all seasons but especially winter.  

I hope this note reaches you the way you  mentioned - I'm a little challenged with this website.  For example, except for your train picture for your Grandchild, I can't find out how to see you other paintings! 

At 5:36pm on December 3, 2015, Catherine Agnew said…

OK, now I know I am a beginner....I have no idea what you mean....what is a "mister"? I went to Michaels Crafts and just bought canvas that were 2 to a pack....I am learning a lot already from being on this website! Thanks!!

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Golden Crackle Paste

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

Think I noted previously that I like playing with shapes and textures; this comes from my photography background.  One product…


The nature of Light

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 10:00pm 11 Comments

The main problem we seem to have with light is figuring out the quality of the source and how that affects everything else.  The reason this is such a problem is because we do not see things as they are; we see what we have been conditioned to see.  What colour is a banana? Or grass?  Or an asphalt roadway?  Conditioning gives us answers of yellow, green, and black, respectfully.  In reality, these answers are often wrong.

CFL and traditional fluorescent tubes have a notable green…


Cadmiums and Cadmium Hues

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 8:14pm 4 Comments

This also came up in Paul's post and I don't recall doing an update.  In early 2015 The jury was still out regards the future availability of cadmium based pigments.  There was a formal proposal in Europe that would have completely banned cadmiums due to health and environmental concerns.

Later in the year the proposal was rejected, partially based upon submissions from artists, professional organizations, and manufacturers.  Had it been passed, these pigments would likely have…


Muddy colours

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 11:36am 1 Comment

Once upon a time, when acrylics were relatively new to artists, we had problems mixing our colours.  Not only was there this strange colour shift as the paint dried, but our mixes got muddy (as in Yuk!) very quickly.

Reference to this can be found in many books and videos, and is often repeated by those of us who started out in oils and never had problems before.  So what gives?

Some sources suggest that limiting the number of pigments that are present in a given mixture will…


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