Sunday, February 28

Re-arranging my art/witchy room

Spending a busy Sunday rearranging my art/witchy room starting on the art side of it first. It was just not right the way it was I felt cramped and unable to breathe. I have a north facing room but quite a small window the way my room was, at first, the light was hitting my painting wrong by mainly coming from behind and to the side of the picture. So now by reversing my room the light will hit it from behind me instead. I also brought myself a daylight bulb for the overhead light and two softbox lights with daylight bulbs so I can paint and draw at night and dull days. Here is the part of the room that I've moved. Has you can see the light from the window is great. So back to it!

Wednesday, February 24

Re working

I have been thinking of taking these two paintings and reworking them. They were one of the first acrylic paintings I did, and I feel they need something else. So this will be my next project. If they work out and they look reasonably good you will be seeing them again. If not, they may be covered with gesso or binned. 

Friday, February 12

Picking the right white

Watercolourists can rely on the white of the page and acrylic painters often just have a couple options available. 

Whites in the Winsor & Newton acrylic ranges each has different properties. 
•    Titanium White is the whitest and most opaque of the whites and is recommended for general use. 
•    Mixing White is a more transparent white with reducing tinting strength, making it ideal for strong tints, glazing, and toning down colours.
•    Iridescent White captures the unique effect of "light interference" and can be mixed with or painted over colours to create interesting pearlized effects.

But oils offer an array of seemingly unnecessary pigments to choose between. So why are there so many whites out there?  Oil colour has been around a lot longer than acrylic and has therefore benefited from the developments of pigments over the years,” a few traditional pigments, non-toxic hues that mimic the lead whites, faster-drying whites formulated in linseed oil.

The main variations are due to several factors, including opacity, temperature bias, drying time and the toxicity of each individual pigment. As such, deciding on the appropriate white paint is often just a case of knowing exactly what purpose you will be using it for.

I was told to use Titanium White as a good all-rounder to keep in my paint box. It has a neutral appearance, doesn’t yellow when it dries and can be used to add highlights or block over darker areas thanks to the relatively high opacity of its base pigment, Titanium Dioxide. The downside to this is that it can overpower mixes and useless when it comes to glazing. “In cases where a subtle approach is necessary, a Zinc White or Mixing White, formulated primarily on Zinc Oxide, is more suitable,” advises Paul. The presence of Zinc Oxide can help reduce yellowing, too.

On occasions when a fast drying time is necessary, such as priming a canvas or board quickly before you begin, opt for a white containing linseed oil, like Foundation White or Underpainting White. “Both are formulated using linseed oil as opposed to safflower oil, making them dry quicker than most other whites and, therefore, suitable for painting lower layers,” says Paul. Linseed oil is more prone to yellowing than safflower oil, though, so bear that in mind if you use it in more visible layers.

The main difference between Underpainting White and Foundation White is that the latter contains lead, which remains a concern for some artists. Lead-based pigments can be harmful if swallowed and extended exposure to them may cause damage to the nervous system, bone marrow and more. Many non-toxic pigments have been developed.

Monday, February 8

sketching hour

Went out the other week trying to inspire me to start my art up again. Not really had the inclination for the past year since my mum passed away, but she wouldn't want me to stop so I bought myself a sketch pad.
 Sat down to watch Youtube Clive a great guy to listen to if your learning to paint.

Acrylic Painting | Q&A | clive & Dawn Live | Acrylic painting
for beginners,

Just a page of little sketches ease back into it, will do this for a while practice, practice, practice

Friday, February 5

How to feel fulfilled as an artist

  • Never compare yourself to other artists, Know that your family is biased. Whether for or against, their views are skewed and do not represent an accurate reflection of your work in the world.
  • Base your success on how your art has enriched your life and how you feel when you create it.
  • Constantly push yourself to expand and learn.
  • Know that art can never be measured in dollars and will only ever appreciate in value.
  • Trust that when you are making the world more beautiful. that is always enough. 
  • Honest work is not compromised if it supports the creation of art.
  • Remember it is the job of the artist to create, not to simply regurgitate what exists. 
  • Never expect your family to understand your art, but do your best to educate them about it, patiently. 
  • Whenever a client/gallery or owner/patron offers their advice, smile and nod. then create your art authentically. 
  • Remember what Dali said: "Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."