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Color Theory Part 2 – Making Reference Charts for Mixing

If you are new to color mixing, especially the concept of Color Bias in pigments, you should read my previous post, “Basic Color Theory – Why its’ not that simple with paint” first. I’m prepping and doing color studies and comps for a shift towards abstract landscapes, researching techniques and materials needed, reading up on and reviewing some compositional theory. I bought some more heavy bodied paints, as the fluid line of GOLDEN paints that I …

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Watch Artists in Action at the Henderson County Open Studio Tour

 I love my artist friends. We had a great time together this past weekend at the Henderson County Open Studio Tour 2018. We kept each other entertained, shared ideas, made future plans and sold some art! We are a diverse group of four who exhibited out of my friend Meghan Bernard’s pottery studio. Kate Sea Barrett – Pen & Ink and Scratch-board Illustrator Meghan Bernard – Thrown Porcelain Functional Pottery Courtney Hoelscher – Abstract Painter …

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Visit me at the 2018 Open Studio Tour – September 22-23

I’ll be participating in the 8th annual Open Studio Tour this year. Our county hosts one of the largest such events in the Carolinas. My dear friend, Meg, owner of Meghan Bernard Pottery, has invited a few of us local artists to share her awesome studio space during the tour. If you’re in the area, you should check it out. There will be demonstrations and refreshments! Where? Meg’s pottery studio: 2004 Old South Carolina Avenue, Hendersonville …

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Basic Color Theory – Why its’ not that simple with paint.

I’ve had lots of compliments on my social media accounts and my youtube channel regarding the crisp clear color combinations in my paintings. First of all, thank you. Your appreciation means a lot. This appreciation got me thinking about my initial struggles with paint mixing and color. I have a strong background in art education and therefore was knowledgeable about basic color theory, but when I went to make a simple purple or green, it …

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“But how MUCH paint do I need to mix up for an Acrylic Pour painting?”

Today I painted my first large scale acrylic pour. It got me thinking. There are plenty of people out there explaining their recipe, their brands, their procedure, but nobody really breaks down the sheer volume of paint you need for a given size painting.   I thought it’d be helpful if I did that here. This isn’t guaranteed to work for you. It’ll certainly depend on how messy you are, how much paint you waste …

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Art as Catharsis – Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

I used to do yoga and meditate. I used to preach to other people about how helpful it was. I remember that once I was regularly meditating, I could return to a meditative state of mind effortlessly and immediately felt the benefits. I felt the stress flow away with every breath. I really should get back into the practice. Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda! I am too busy. I have read that if you are too busy to meditate, …

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Art Should Disturb. Art Should Comfort.

I posted a meme on my Facebook page the other day that said, “Art Should Disturb the Comfortable and Comfort the Disturbed.” It sparked an interesting conversation with a couple of my friends regarding what we took this to mean. A couple thought the “comfortable” referred to the “rich and powerful,” that we disturb those at the top with our voices through art. I like that, but I took it to mean something else entirely; …

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Abstract Art – An Opinion

Reflecting on abstract art after visiting the National Gallery of Art. My family and I went to the National Gallery of Art while visiting DC for spring break. We all thoroughly enjoyed the post-modern, contemporary art of the East building. You can see from the pictures that the kids enjoyed the art as much as we did. Some of the artworks were bright and bold, but others were dark and heavy. Most were abstract, to …

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Resin Brand Comparison and 8 Quick Tips – Plus Video Demo!

Are all resins the same? There are resins marketed for marine use, bar tops, and artistic purposes, and they come in a variety of costs, with the ones marketed toward the artists being the most expensive, of course. But resin is resin, right? Why pay extra for the “Art Resin?” Resin comes in two bottles of equal volume. If you buy a gallon of resin, it will come in two half-gallon bottles. One bottle has …

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Flip Cup Tutorial Video with Student!

One of my high school students wanted to try the “flip cup” acrylic pour technique. I talked her through the process and helped her troubleshoot along the way. This was her first attempt, her practice test. She then went on to create two very nice pieces on wooden panels. Her recipe was: 3 parts Liquitex pouring medium 1 part Amsterdam brand acrylics 1 part water a few drops of silicone She was happy with the …

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An Experiment with Pouring Mediums: Part 4 of My Acrylic Pour Painting Series

Flood Floetrol, GAC 800, Rubbing Alcohol How did I come to my current acrylic pour recipe without too much trial and error (and a lot of wasted paint)? I designed a scientific experiment of my own. Based on my research, I knew I wanted to use either Flood Floetrol or GAC 800 as my pouring medium. I also wanted to try using rubbing alcohol as a replacement for the silicone. Some artists claim that it …

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Why I Don’t Use Silicone in My Acrylic Pour Paintings – Part 3

But first… Before I get to today’s topic I have an exciting announcement. I have created a YouTube channel for instructional, time-lapse and exhibition videos of my artwork. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube. Subscribers welcome! Archival vs. Non-archival So how are my acrylic pour artworks different? How am I improving upon what I’ve already learned? What am I adding to the conversation? The …

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