Monday, December 21, 2009

Art House Sketch Book Project Finally Done!

For those that don't know about Art House SketchBook Library project here is some info:
Sketchbooks offers a glimpse into an artist's life, which is why we want to make a publicly accessible library of sketchbooks that people can browse, peruse, and check out. We think that this sketchbook collection has the potential to open a new line of communication between the artist and the viewer, since the experience of making and viewing are both so personal. Anyone can sign up to receive a sketchbook. Before joining our permanent collection, sketchbooks will be exhibited at select galleries across the US.
Project Goal
The library will house thousands of sketchbooks from artists that reside all over the globe. We'll be touring around the United States with the collection starting in April, followed by a permanent location for the library in 2010. 
A Permanent Collection
Your sketchbook will become part of our permanent library. Sign up receive a blank sketchbook marked with a barcode that links it to a searchable database. When you send your completed book back to us, it will be included in the library. Future library patrons will be able to browse books alphabetically, by location, and theme.
So I got in on this and now I'm finished! Below are some images from my book. Enjoy! When the project goes on tour to different cities, I will keep you posted as to which ones!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

For All My Oil Painting Nerds

Many of you are oil painters like me and a few of you are so in love with oil painting that you actually enjoy opening tubes of oil to sniff the contents. Yeah it's kind of weird sniffing paint, but the smell of good quality paint is heaven to me. People always ask me why I make paintings the way I do, why I use old master techniques in this day and age.

If you have ever wondered about PVA Size vs. Rabbit Skin Glue, Linen vs. Canvas, Ground vs. Gesso, Modern Manufactured Colors vs. Traditional, Value - How light or dark is your color? Hue - What is your color family: yellow, orange, red, violet, blue or green? Intensity - How much pure color or chroma does your color have? And so forth.

I have looked up the gamblin website and found it to be most useful and helpful not only for questions I still have but for others as well. Whether you paint old school realism or more of an abstract bend, this site can help you to make work that will last the test of time!