- Restore paint brushes: Mix together 1 part Wisk (laundry detergent) and 2 parts ammonia. Soak brushes in the solution to remove dried on oil paint.
- Use circle guides to ensure perfect circles (i.e. eyes.) CThrough Ruler Company makes a nice guide for small circles, but you can also use any round form: lids, cups, etc.
- Strathmore sells a new drawing paper in several colors, like grey, tan, and black. Coal black Artigain Paper, used with charcoal and pastels, produces dramatic effects.
- Hot (smooth) & cold (rough) press papers: A favorite is 300# hot press Fabriano W/C paper for use with color pencils.
- Black erasers work well with black paper.
- Color pencils tend to mix and change colors - somewhat unpredictable. Color pencils also fade easily over time. But they should not be sprayed with a fixative. UV glass might help, but is expensive.
- There is no 'universal sizing system' across manufacturers for brush sizes. So a size '10' in one line of brushes may not be the same size '10' from another brand.
Guild Meetings - Painting Tips
This painting, done by Bob Shoop during a Robert Warren workshop, illustrates how glazes make a painting appear more realistic. Bob explained that the process begins with a warm (orange) under-coating, over which the subject is painted in acrylic gray/black values. Once dry, opaque scumbles and transparent oil glazes are added to produce a luminous glow, as light bounces through the translucent layers.
Guild members had an opportunity to look through one of Robert Warren's books, which demonstrates this technique, as well as a painting packet used during the workshops. The website where painting packets of this technique can be obtained is: http://www.robertwarrenartloft.com
"Progression of a Painter"
by Bob Shoop
Where are you? Where do you want to be? What do you need to work on?
Beginner: LEARNING TO PAINT objects, form, paint application and techniques, dimension, and distance.
Intermediate: KNOWING, SEEING, and APPLYING light effects, textures, emphasis, composition, edges, values, colors, and developing individual uniqueness.
Advanced: UNDERSTANDING, VISUALLY PERCEIVING, FEELING and EXPRESSING all of the above, synchronized with mood and emotion, impression, relationships, and mystery.
Mastery: Going beyond knowing, understanding, visually perceiving, feeling, applying, and expressing TO TOUCH OTHERS BY ORCHESTRATING A VISUAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT!
SAG member artwork is displayed monthly at:
- "The Core" (room for several pieces)
- Dumplin’s Restaurant (one large painting.)
- Allen County Public Library (also displays artwork from classes.)
Bowling Green Libraries: If you would like to exhibit your artwork (usually 10-15 pieces), please email Jayne Pelaski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Smiths Grove Branch (artwork is left for two months)
- 1 month-only exhibits at the Bob Kirby Branch (in front of Greenwood High, behind Culver’s)
- Main Library at 1225 State Street in Bowling Green.