I am always looking forward to exhibiting with the Nature Journal Club. This is an inspiring group of artists of every level and age. Inspired and lead by the illustrator, John Muir Laws, we meet on a regular schedule to take a workshop or get out on the land and make observations. Thanks to those at the Tilden Regional Park for making this happen for the Nature Journal Club at the Environmental Education Center.
I love the color green gold that Golden Paint makes. It works well as a complimentary color to many of the bright colors that I use in my birds. Green gold in wikipedia discusses the naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver that creates a green gold. In terms of creating this alloy, the maker uses gold, silver and adds cadmium to create that great green color.
I am often inspired by other artists and try to discover how they created that wonderful “thing.” In some cases you can look and discover, other times it is trial and error, and sometimes you are lucky enough that they have are willing to teach you.
In the theme of discovering gesso, I have been thinking about not only adding color to gesso but texture as well. The more attention to detail I can add at the beginning takes my paintings that one step further. I was reading the Blog Art and Cupcakes and ran across this great post: Fun with Gesso – Color Love #27
There are three great techniques highlighted in this Blog that I recommend trying: “Thin application of Gesso with a Stencil,” “Thick application of Gesso With a Stencil” and “Paintbrush Application of Gesso.”
Mix some of you acrylic paint into your gesso and never have to worry about a white canvas again!
This trick works wonders and there are several companies that make colored gesso if you don’t want to mix uisng your paints, like Holbein Acryla. And if you like the color, try the black gesso! It really adds contrast to your paintings.
I read somewhere that Pyrrole red came from the automobile industry, but I use it to create flashy artwork instead of paint flashy cars.
Pyrrole is great for lightfastness, does not fade much at all, and is a great mixing red when compared to cadmium colors. I found some great technical information to share about the Golden Artist Color Pyrrole Red Light.
I have just started getting my inventory together for this year’s open studios May 3 and 4. I will again be showing with my artist friend Krishna Mitra. I really enjoy the artists she has continued to gather at her home each open studios. All of our work reflects the nature around us. Click their names below to see more of their work.