Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
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.
I have been trying to stay caught up with you all. when the wood is in and the garden is done and preserved. various other "need to get done before snow flies" projects. I will be painting more, and paying more attention to all my friends here on Karen's site.
I did enter 5 paintings in the local country fair this year. I will try to post them here. It is exciting to have folks appreciate my art :)
Check out this little blog about the process of painting this one by clicking the link below:Continue
Added by Karen Ilari on August 24, 2017 at 4:48pm — No Comments
I have been idle for the past two weeks because I sliced a bit of my right index finger and it has only just healed properly. I am painting A Garden in Summer taken template from my own garden. It has many layers some are thick with texture so having to wait for the paint to dry between them. I am having great fun.
Added by Karen Ilari on June 6, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments
As many of you know, I am new to painting, and it amazes me how it has changed how I view things.
We traveled from Northern Michigan to Southern Alabama. The journey took us through Kentucky and Tennessee, the area that is full of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I found myself looking at the scenery and asking how would I paint it. I also paid more attention to the shades and tones that presented themselves with the changing position of the sun.
There was one…Continue
I am fitter than I was six months ago although not entirely back to total fitness, but now I must get painting again because my fingers are twitching and I am now at a loss for things to do and getting bored. lol
I have spent the day painting, but not on canvas, on my dining room walls. My wife and I had used the hangers advertised on TV that you can pull the tab and it will come right off. Well it did, along with the paint on the wall.
I went to the store to get some paint, and could not find the original color, willow leaf. I had to get spring willow leaf which looked like a close match.
I arrived home and started painting, and not surprisingly, the paint does not match. The first…Continue
A new blog :)
This one might make you laugh out loud :)
I had two wonderful experiences this week with my new hobby, painting that I want to share.
The first one happened this Thursday night. My wife works at the cancer center for the local hospital. One of the employees of the hospital organized a fund-raiser for the center. It was a paint and wine night at the Mackinaw Trails winery.
The event included one glass of wine, the materials needed to paint, and an instructor to walk us through the painting. She brought one of her…Continue
I attempted my second expression of Blue Mountain View yesterday, and totally bombed it. However I do know that with each painting there are lessons to be learned, and improvements as a painter can be gained
In my second attempt I totally blew it on my values. The farthest mountains looked more like the sky, and the closest looked like just a blob of color. The two lessons I learned from this experience is:
Pay better attention to the values and how to properly contrast them to…Continue
I have never been one who has demonstrated great, or even moderate levels of artistic ability. I cannot look at a detailed picture and replicate it like a truly talented artist. I have often envied people that have such a remarkable talent
However, I would find myself looking at a tree in full bloom, and I would ask myself "How would I paint that tree? I mentioned this to my wife, and she bought me a beginner's paint set for Christmas 2016. So I have started painting, and really…Continue
26th Jan 2017
I am taking a break from painting for a few months as I have some sewing to do and also I need to get fit again after a year of inactivity, so I am taking up yoga. I had a spa day with a friend and had a 55minute massage, the young lady said to me "you are very knotty" I could feel them as she did her magic, it was a little painful but bearable. My body tingled and I had less pain in my legs that night and the next morning The stiffness had eased in my body. So I have to…
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I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a supplier where I could buy 6mm wide masking tape and made 2cm square for each colour swatch, the cards are mounted using Velcro to a MDF board fitted on casters. It has been a big project but I think well worth it.Continue
Tues 4 Oct
I had a bad fall last week.
I am unable to paint for the next six weeks I have broke a bone in my right elbow, I am right handed. I will be having a go at drawing with my oil pastels with my left hand and just doodling a bit.
Hi everyone. I have been in contact with John Redfern. He is doing well and very busy with his job which limits his time for artist sites. He misses everyone and says you are all a greatly talented group of not only artists but super individuals.