"Swimming in Paint"

This is about the most fascinating career choice I ever made, that of an Oil Painter


Monday, August 29, 2016

A fun day doing what we love!

Painting is fun, enjoyable, relaxing stuff we often put off until later in life. We soon realize painting requires dedication and focus and a lot of practice. How could that be fun? Its a mystery to me, but it is. I'm reminded of that every Swimming-in-Paint Friday and Saturday when I see the team fearlessly jump in the deep end with big smiles:=)

ARTISTS HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

A WELL DESERVED LUNCH BREAK



THE OLD WAY WORKS TOO!

  

EACH ARTIST HAD A DIFFERENT VISION







A CROSSING THE FINISH LINE SMILE!

Our next project.....London and Venice!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Homage to Monet's Giverny

I had a little time over the last few days, and thought I'd try my hand at a little homage to Monet's Giverny. Below are a few warm-up for this weeks "Swimming in Paint" at Crossroads Art Center.

 20X20 LINEN CANVAS







 
NEXT DAY ADJUSTMENT

DETAIL

 FRAME TEST


20X20 LINEN CANVAS




DETAIL

 FRAME TEST


GREAT WAY TO PROTECT FRAMES!!

I use this handy plastic wrap to protect my frames outside edges in the studio, storage and when they leave to final destination - available at most home improvement stores.........saves frames from nicks and scrapes! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

S.I.P. #17, Friday 26th CANCELED

This is short notice, but sadly we  do not have enough swimmers signed up for our Friday class.  If you are signed up for the Friday class, contact Crossroads for additional information - 804.278.8950

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

S.I.P. #17 & #18 August 26th & 27th (Friday and Saturday)

"SWIMMING   IN
 PAINT"

A  Landscape in Reflections Day

10:00 am to 2:30pm  (Lunch break at 12:15)

team LIMITED TO 10

The team will meet in CLASSROOM 1

 Contact Crossroads Art Center for details 804.278.8950 

"Swimming in Paint" is always about following the light, painting shapes with colour and energy!

 TEAM EXAMPLES
 Misty Summer Showers - Giverny

Perhaps a Koi and more sunlight

 A moon reflection could be a stunning addition to this tonal beauty.
 (already looks like a painting)

 Just begging for a few Koi like the painting below

  Koi & Red Lily Pads 48x44 Oil on linen (4-16-12 canvas 649)

 My personal favorite could inspire a canvas similar to the painting below that just found a home

 Koi & Lilies 60x 48 oil on linen (3-28-13 canvas 807)

The team Friday and Saturday will be exploring examples of the landscape in reflections. We'll be using all of them as a stepping off point to make it our very own interpretation on canvas. Its a wonderful subject..... Monet originally developed it extensively in his own painting. Monet's garden pond at Giverny continues to inspire future generations of aspiring artists.  

While we could end up with a masterpiece, this exercise is not about making a masterpiece. If it doesn't work, wipe it off, jump in again - always with energy!

For those who can't make the class or live in distant lands, download the references and try this at home. Email me at Chuck@Larivey.com with your results - I would love to see them:=)
 
BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION 
Down load your favorite or bring your own reference
A selection 5X7 References will be available

Brown bag or order lunch from Gretchen's before class. The lunch table is a wonderful time to chat and study our progress.

Canvas size, 20x20 or larger. Preferably Centurion double primed oil linen. An ample supply of smooth stretched oil primed linen canvas in various sizes will always be available.

20x20 - $12.50 each
20x24 - $15.00 each
24x24 - $20.00 each
30x30 - $25.00 each

There will also be a supply of Royal soft grip brushes (SG4500 Series) available at $2.50 each.

I do encourage using a glass palette - old picture frame glass works with a white sheet of paper and a cardboard backing or foam core with blue taped edges to hold it all together. 

Please try to have (1) Flexible palette knife. Preferably similar to the two on the left.

(16x20 shown)

SUPPLY LIST

(1) 20x20 or larger canvas - Centurion oil primed linen or equal
(1) #8 or #6 Royal soft grip SG4520 Filbert (rounded flat)
(1) #12 or #10 Royal soft grip SG4510 Bright (flat)

A few palette knives (flexible)
Glass palette with a small paint scraper
3 or 4 sheets of paper towels (folded into quarters)
Neo Megilp oil painting medium
Clean cotton rags - (cut up old cotton Tee shirts and white socks work well)
Small amount of odorless mineral spirits - at least 8 oz.

Basic palette: I added a few of the specialty colours I often use - either way I always share those colours.

Titanium White or a fast drying Griffin alkyd by Winsor & Newton
Naples yellow
Lemon yellow
Cadmium Yellow medium
Alizarin Orange (Williamsburg)
Permanent green light
Sap green
Chromium Oxide or green oxide
Cerulean Blue
Sevres Blue (Williamsburg)
French Ultramarine Blue
Ultramarine Blue French (Williamsburg)
Dioxazine Purple
Provence Violet Bluish (Williamsburg)
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose
Persian Rose (Williamsburg)
Cadmium Vermilion (Williamsburg)

NOTE: PAINTING SURFACE

Jerry's has Centurion oil linen well priced already stretched by the box (6)......check it out.

  ALWAYS WAIT FOR A SALE

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/canvas-surfaces/stretched-canvas/centurion

Royal SG4500 series long handle soft grip brushes (LINK)
or
Direct link to brushes - scroll down to the SG4500 series

Monday, August 22, 2016

CENTURION OP DXL professional linen pads

QUICK STUDIES, INTUITIVE PAINTING or DEVELOPING PAINT QUALITY WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!


OIL PRIMED LINEN PAINTING PADS!!
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/centurion-deluxe-oil-primed-linen-pads

WOW! I remember the old paper pads I used as a kid - these new Centurion pads are nothing like those nasty paint absorbing paper surfaces of long ago and I'll add, still available. Paint behaves and stays on the surface where it is suppose to. The Centurion linen pads are fairly new to  Jerry's product line.

Stretched canvas, especially smooth linen, is too expensive for quick studies.....any studies really. Inexpensive, paint absorbing, rough surfaces, its a bad buy. Developing fluid paint quality or intuitive wet-in-wet painting which is quickly executed...requires paint to stay on the surface! 

Well, Saturday I finally had a chance to use this amazing product and wasn't disappointed! Amazing! Yes, I very seldom use words like "amazing or awesome" because I always feel they are disingenuous, overused words....especially "awesome". However the very complete Jerry's Centurion product line is in fact "awesome" - excellent for any artist, at any level......and well priced in this world of rising high costs. So, as I've said before, "thank you Jerry's"!!

Of course if anything great and wonderful is created, the canvas sheets can be stretched or mounted on any number of available supports. I personally use gator board or smooth birch plywood some Gorilla glue and a rolling pin.....quick and easy!












The team either rubbed them out or simply made a quick change-out for a fresh start. Works for me:=)