The terms “transparent” and “opaque” refer to the way pigments cover the painting surface. All paints are formulated by suspending dry pigments in a binder. With oil paints the binder is oil and the solvent used to dilute the paints is turpentine. With acrylic paints the binder is acrylic, and the solvent is water, but the paints are permanent ...Read More
In my classes I offer the students an opportunity to bring in reference photos for feedback before they decide the subject matter for their next painting. I insist that the photos be their own or at least one that a non-professional has taken in order to maximize their learning opportunities in terms of composition. The students say this exercise is really helpful ...Read More
ArtSpeaks Studio Moments address painting issues, particularly in watercolor. This time, as a change of pace, we describe the process of painting a city high rise on location. Painting on location is tricky because you need to take everything you need with you and set up in a secure, reasonably comfortable location. In my case, I don’t like to be in a high traffic areas, and I ...Read More
I recently went to see a retrospective of the work of a very prolific artist. He creates well-crafted but confusing assemblages of nostalgic memorabilia.
Leon Richmond, “Lake-Sentinel-Fishing-Trip, Mixed Media, 2018
The works seem to be laden with symbolism and cultural references that would be obscure to all but those but accomplished trivia masters. I looked to his artist’s statement to add some context and clarify his intent but that wasn&...
The other day I had lunch with a friend who doesn’t make art and was telling her about the workshop I am planning called “Expanding Creative Possibilities.” I told her that the reason I am doing it is that so many students say that their fear of making art impedes them and I would like to help ...Read More
There are two basic approaches to painting, Alla Prima or Direct Painting and Indirect Painting. The process of doing paintings in these ways is quite different in watercolor. Direct painting is done quickly and more intuitively than Indirect Painting which takes much longer and is more deliberate. In this video we look at the differences between them and why artis...Read More