Ramblings from the Painter
May 31,2012
M Graham Oil paints

Just a note that I promote M Graham oil paints, they are exquisite for color and richness and using these Walnut oil based artist paints is exciting. Because they have no linseed oil, they are much less likely to yellow over the years, the lighter colors that is. Traditionally, oil paintings with linseed oil in the paint and Linseed oil used as a Medium would tend to yellow the painting over the years as it cures. I use M Graham walnut based paints with Walnut oil as a medium. You can use these paints non toxically with just Walnut oil as a medium and as a solvent.. You do not have to use OMS or Turpentine to clean the brushes, just walnut oil. That is your tip of the day.

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May 17,2012
Copyright

Just a reminder, all of my images are protected by copyright law and no image may be copied, rendered in anyway in reproduction as in printing production or any artistic reproduction without my consent... I produce all my own still life set ups and take all my own photos, with the odd exception of getting permission from a local wildlife photographer to reproduce his work in paintings (however, I do not do wildlife anymore) and the odd time I will borrow images from other teachers to teach paintings in classes in which those images may not be sold for money, but can be given away without legal reprocussions.

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May 17,2012
Sunny Days

It is hard to paint when its sunny outside! But it must be done. Four paintings on the go and they are screaming at me to continue. I will be attending the Minnekhada Art in the Park show again this year in August. A few years back I was experimenting in different mediums, Acrylic, Water mixable Oil and pastel. In fact most of my peers still think of me as a pastelist. I have not worked in pastel for a few years now to surprise most of you. It it is a lovely medium and I could get quite realistic with it, as it is more of a drawing medium but it is limited to size. The largest size you can paint on a sheet of sanded pastel paper is about 19" x 27 ". This is why most time pastelists turn to oil painting, or acrylic as you can paint larger and no glass or frame is needed. For those of you who have some of my pastels, cherish them as you might not see me do it again for awhile. Back to the easle despite the sunny day. And no, i am not going to set up outside, as I don't paint landscapes, well very rarely, and one has to keep in mind, the wind, the sun, the sun changing directions every so often, dogs, cats, rats getting caught up in the legs of an outdoor easle, well, I will just stay in my comfortable studio.

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