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Substrate Induced Discoloration (SID)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Alavosius Jun 29. 3 Replies

Golden's latest newsletter again deals with this issue, which is unique to acrylics (and latex paint).  A new series of tests has confirmed that two coats of gloss medium under the gesso will control…Continue

Drying time for Oil Paints

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Apr 24. 1 Reply

I know that Karen's site is highly biased towards acrylics, but there are a number of members who use oils as well.  For either medium, I would highly suggest that you either subscribe to Golden…Continue

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Mark Twain

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah Irland May 8. 2 Replies

Came across a quote credited to Mark Twain some time back, and it makes me think every time I read it."You can't depend on your eyes When your imagination is out of focus."Perhaps it says something…Continue

Autumn Leaves

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

This was done on Foamcore…Continue

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Deborah Alavosius replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Substrate Induced Discoloration (SID)
"Thanks Charles!"
Jun 29
Charles Eisener replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Substrate Induced Discoloration (SID)
"Hi Deborah!  Ampersand panels are sealed prior to the gesso process.  They do not say what product is used, but they do state on their website that their finished panels are archival quality.  Their panels are the only exception…"
Jun 29
Deborah Alavosius replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Substrate Induced Discoloration (SID)
"Hi Charles,  I did get this newsletter from Golden.  I often use Ampersand Gessobord....Do you know if this means that I should apply two coats of gloss medium to the already gessoed board and then gesso it again?  "
Jun 28
Charles Eisener posted a discussion

Substrate Induced Discoloration (SID)

Golden's latest newsletter again deals with this issue, which is unique to acrylics (and latex paint).  A new series of tests has confirmed that two coats of gloss medium under the gesso will control this issue better than GAC100, which was their previous recommendation.  Open Gloss Medium is NOT recommended, as the increased drying time allows for the transfer of acids and impurities before the film is completely dry.The issue of SID has been demonstrated since 1989, and a number of my early…See More
Jun 26
Mary left a comment for Charles Eisener
"Hi Charles - so nice to hear from you.  I've been out of the loop on Karen's site busy taking a drawing class at the community college thru early May and now the visitor/company stream starts.  Was really glad I did it but I put…"
Jun 2
Charles Eisener replied to Ana's discussion What style are my paintings? How about yours :)
"Ana - I suppose that "style" probably means different things to different people.  Abstract, realist, plein air, studio, loose, tight, seascape, moody, etc., the list is endless.  When talking about a personal style, then it…"
May 19
Charles Eisener commented on Deborah Alavosius's photo
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Winter in the Neighborhood

"Another nice one Deborah - you are getting to be quite a master of these architectural scenes!  Great job on the evergreens as well."
May 16
Sarah Irland replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Mark Twain
"Hi Charles; I read once that Matisse said that "Creativity takes courage."  I think he was right.  It is also hard to share your work with others.  This site has been a great place to do that.  Lots of great artists…"
May 8
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Drying time for Oil Paints
"Thank you Charles! Good info to know!"
Apr 24
Charles Eisener posted a discussion

Drying time for Oil Paints

I know that Karen's site is highly biased towards acrylics, but there are a number of members who use oils as well.  For either medium, I would highly suggest that you either subscribe to Golden Artist Colors newsletter or visit their site regularly, regardless of the brand of paint you use.  Golden does not just manufacture paint.  They also do continuing studies on the properties of pigments, paints, light fastness, and archival issues.  Their current newsletter references the drying time of…See More
Apr 24
Charles Eisener commented on Sarah Irland's photo
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Waiting for the Seed

"My understanding is that goldfinches tend to stay in flocks until later in the season when they pair off for breeding - around the time the thistles are in bloom.  Have not seen any this year either.  The new digs in NC had bluebirds…"
Apr 19
Karen Ilari replied to Charles Eisener's discussion Mark Twain
"Love it!"
Apr 14
Charles Eisener posted a discussion

Mark Twain

Came across a quote credited to Mark Twain some time back, and it makes me think every time I read it."You can't depend on your eyes When your imagination is out of focus."Perhaps it says something to you as well .    .     .       .  ?Feel free to add your own favorite quote that has some relevance to art, seeing, painting, or the like - and it doesn't have to be from Mark Twain!See More
Apr 13
Charles Eisener commented on Charles Emery's photo
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"Good sense of depth and distance!  Using a more neutral colour for the darker values is a different touch from the blues commonly used for this type of scene.."
Apr 13
Charles Eisener replied to Charles Emery's discussion Rock Island
"Nice feel to this one, Charles!  Reminds me of the formations on & around Flowerpot Island near Tobermory, Ontario."
Apr 13
Charles Eisener commented on Charles Eisener's blog post Hansa Yellows & Zinc White
"While I like the Cad Reds, I do prefer the Hansa pigments to the Cad Yellows.  Golden notes two factors at play here; the tendency of manufacturers to follow the traditional ratings, and  an apparent change in the…"
Feb 24

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
Off & on since about 1955
What other mediums have you used?
Oils
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 . . .
Where did you learn about this website?
Web search

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 9:18am on June 2, 2018, Mary said…

Hi Charles - so nice to hear from you.  I've been out of the loop on Karen's site busy taking a drawing class at the community college thru early May and now the visitor/company stream starts.  Was really glad I did it but I put my painting down for the whole time.  Starting to get back into it now.  I haven't been on Karen's site for quite some time also because I find the more I'm on it, the less I paint!

So glad to hear you are finally getting to your point of destination - good luck for the next steps and please continue to keep in touch; it's always nice to hear from you!!!

Maybe when we get back into painting I could send you some photos if you would be interesting in critiquing them - not sure if I'll post on Karen's site again or not but I always appreciated your commentary.

Enjoy the ride!!!  Mary

At 12:13pm on January 30, 2018, Catherine said…

awe... thank you so much... i am learning so much .. love it!

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

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Acrylic drying time

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

This has been mentioned in several earlier blogs, but the latest Golden newsletter has another article on the topic, so maybe it is time to share an "update".

Acrylic paint dries due to the loss of water, either by evaporation or by absorption.  The former can be controlled somewhat in the studio, but is harder to deal with en plein air.  Two common devices are misters and the application of a moist film on the canvas, whether water or a medium of some type.

Absorption of water…

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Hansa Yellows & Zinc White

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 6:04pm 2 Comments

Golden's latest newsletter is an eye-opener.  As a direct result of their own research, they are discontinuing the use of Zinc Oxide in their oil colours.  This is due to the extreme cracking and delamination noted in relatively fresh paint films (2 years and 10 years).  Even dilution of Zinc White to under 2% in mixtures still produced the same degree of failure.  Part of this is due to the interaction of the pigment with the fatty acids normally present in oil paints.

Similarly,…

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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…

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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…

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