May 23, 2011
I spoke with a nice young woman on Friday night at the gallery stroll. Who among us artists doesn't like conversing with someone who likes our work? :) This young woman was just learning to paint with watercolor after having worked solely with oils in the past. She was inquiring about the brand of paint (and other materials) I use, and even asked interesting questions like whether I find the temperature of the water I use makes a difference (hot vs. cold). Sad to say, I could not recall the name of the brand of watercolor paint I currently use (as I have tried several brands over the years). I could visualize in my head the script writing on the tubes of paint, but was drawing a blank on the name. Of course, I remembered later and double checked my paint when I returned home. The brand is M. Graham, and it is made with natural materials in a small batch process. They use pure gum arabic and natural blackberry honey as binding materials. I have liked these paints the best so far because they give me very vibrant color, which I prefer in my paintings. You can see the difference in vibrancy by comparing my NibbleFest entry for this month "Assissi in Color" which was painted with DERWENT watercolor pencils (not my norm) vs. "King of Yellow Heart" painted with M. Graham.
I am sorry (and a little embarrassed) that I could not recall the name of the paint when asked. To this young artist...in case you don't email me for the info, I hope you see it on my blog here or on Facebook. And, you have taught me to pay better attention to my materials and supplies! :)
May 20, 2011
I recently joined a group on eBay called NFAC (NibbleFest Art Contest). The purpose of the group is to hold a monthly art competition wherein artists create a piece of artwork based on a theme. The works are then listed for auction sometime between the 20th and 27th of the month and must have a starting bid of $0.99 for the auction. (The thought is to get bidders enticed by the low price for an original piece of art, and then "nibble" away at the auction until the highest bid wins). The artist with the most bids on their auction in the 7 days wins the contest. :) I thought this sounded like a fun way to give art enthusiasts a chance to collect some original artwork. Obviously, most of the pieces are small, but they are originals nonetheless. The theme for May is "Village or Townscape" and I did a quick sketch last night using watercolor pencils. It was a good exercise for me to just give my artist brain a quick exercise, but I also wanted to try out my new watercolor pencils, which I have never used before. The result is a little painting I titled "Assissi in Color." It measures approx 5" x 7" and is matted with white mat board to 8" x 10" framing size. You will see I based this painting on the same reference photo as my other Assissi paintings - yet the work is different in color and feel. It's nice how you can get so many different paintings out of the same subject matter. (Click the pic above to go to the auction page). :)