Thanks Sarah for your comment on my Red Gate painting. I did spray the back of the paper, but unfortunately for some reason it created more, tighter ripples, that I can't seem to get out. Will try doing another dampening of the back on placing between paper and load with big books to help flatten, maybe that will work. I think it is because it is not just watercolour paper, but Canvas paper.
Sarah just wanted to say thank you for all your support and comments on my artwork lately. I've been getting behind on thanking folks, so THANKS! And I hope it's okay, but I save your two Ontario Lake sunset photos, would like to try doing an acrylic painting one day of them, if not just let me know. If okay, will eventually post it on Karen's site...eventually, I just seem to have too many projects that I want to do. Cheers, Wanda
I look forward to seeing more of your work Sarah. I really like rich, bold colours. Do you have any tips for me on types of paint and brushes? Do you mix your paint with any water prior to applying on canvas?
Faye and I have both done a bit of stained glass, but found it a bit rough on the hands. Faye was not confident with cutting, so that was another issue. She has done it all - macramé, crochet, embroidery, tole painting, ceramics, oil painting . . . and currently a lot of scrapbooking.
I worked in hospital labs for many years and dealt with a lot of chemicals, dyes and stains, plus interaction with OSHA, EPA, and other govt agencies and waste management. That is where my technical background comes from with painting. Just before retiring I spent a lot of time researching the "new" acrylic products and pigments before buying anything other than easels, brushes, canvas and the like. The pigments have changed from the 50s and 60s, there are many more mediums available, and there is now a wealth of data regards surface preparation and archival properties of different substrates. I also have a very strong photography background, and am an active model railroader. Each in its own way provides a different perspective on seeing and creativity. Learning some of this the hard way is not fun, so it is nice being able to share with others. Karen's site is a great platform for doing this when questions or problems are raised.
Cortland is not a place where many stop unless the gas tank needs feeding or the driver needs a shot from Tim Horton's. Plus the Mobil station at the exit charges about 10 - 15 cents more per gallon than anyone else in town. Talk about a rip off!
Great to see that you are posting and making comments - that is what the site is all about. Like your fox but it is a bit out of my range; I have not done any animals so tend to shy away from commenting unless something is quite obvious.
Supplies typically come from either Dick Blick or Jerrysartarama.com; both have decent prices and beat out the art and craft chains no matter what criteria you use.
Hi Sarah! Noted you are not that far away and decided to send a note. I am in Cortland, about 30 miles south of Syracuse on Rt 81. Are Martville and Sterling adjacent? They look awful close on the maps. We expect to be heading to NC in near future to live near our youngest daughter and her family.
Welcome to Karen's site; hope you find it as useful as most of us have! I started in oils while in grade school and switched to acrylics when they were relatively new and unexplored. Family demands meant giving up painting for a long while, but getting back now that we are retired.
Your profile mentions a desire for more striking color. Acrylics tend to muddy more readily than oils if you mix multiple pigments together, so getting clean color mixes is a big issue. The other factor is value control. Having your values nailed correctly can really make your colors pop. Putting a bright color over a darker area will darken the value of the overcoat. There are times when it pays to put white over the background before applying a brighter value/color.
Karen has some tutorials that are a nice refresher, and her color mixing charts are very useful. Have fun!!