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POINT OF VIEW - Landscapes of BC

by Darryl Nelson

Kamloops Arts Council Main Gallery

Old Courthouse Cultural Centre

7 West Seymour Street (corner of 1st and Seymour)

June 4th -24th, 2015

Tuesday to Friday 10-5

Saturday 10-4

Opening Reception Friday, June 5th, 6-9pm

 

Plein Air

Plein Air

Plein air painting by the ocean (Vancouver Island).  Our boys played in the sand, discovered crabs under rocks, jumped from log to log, and birdwatched on the beach while I painted.

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Works in Progress...Studio Tour

I thought it might be interesting to show you a painting, while it was in progress.  Here is what it looks like...

Pen and ink, which I then watercoloured - (Cinnamon Ridge) - I often end up working well past midnight, once I'm into something - especially if a show deadline is approaching.  Time flies!  Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Pen and ink, which I then watercoloured - (Cinnamon Ridge) - I often end up working well past midnight, once I'm into something - especially if a show deadline is approaching.  Time flies!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Linen vs. Cotton: the importance of painting surfaces

Linen has been the favorite  painting surface of oil painters for centuries.  It is much stronger than cotton canvas, lasts longer, and has a smoother, less absorbent surface.

Some other reasons to use linen:  growing flax requires much less pesticides and herbicides than growing cotton.  In fact, my 13 year old son has done some research and found that just growing enough cotton for a pair of jeans and a shirt uses about a pound of pesticides and herbicides!  It is one of the most heavily sprayed crops there is.  As an artist and someone who is very concerned about the health of the environment, this has given me the motivation to convert to painting only on linen when possible - for oil and acrylic linen is great.  I will need to look into non-cotton options for watercolour paper.  I am currently using up the last couple of cotton canvases I have, and have begun making my own linen panels.  (see images bellow.)  It is more expensive, but well worth it.

linen cloth and panel

linen cloth and panel

The flax seeds, as most are aware, are amazingly healthy, and are used for many purposes.  The cloth is made by soaking the stems in water for about a week, until they start to rot.  They are then put through various processes to separate and clean the fibers from the unwanted portions of the stalk.  For more info. on the linen making process, please go to Wikipedia, where there is much detail on the methods and history of this amazing plant.  If you are an artist, please try linen!                           

-Darryl

Why material quality is important

If you are considering purchasing original artwork, it is important that you are aware of (and able to identify) the different qualities of art materials that can be used by an artist. 

  Many beginning artists start painting with student quality paints.  There are good reasons for this, such as: not sure if you want to pursue art long term, it's just a hobby, not intending to sell your art, etc.  And supplies can be expensive.  However, once one has decided that being a fine artist is "where it's at", and has determined that they have what it takes to pursue it seriously, it is important to start upgrading to artist quality materials.  Cheaper lines of paint have more fillers (kind of like cheap hamburgers!), colour consistency is unreliable, and often pigments used are "fugitive", which means that they will fade relatively quickly over time.  Ask the artist if the pigments he/she uses are" light fast", or check their website or blog for details on materials used.  You could be glad you did.

"A bouquet of flowers might last a week, but a picture of them on the wall should last a lifetime."

-Darryl