Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two new plein air paintings at Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery in Prescott, AZ!

I'm pleased to announce I have two paintings juried into Arizona Plein Air Painters' Annual Membership Exhibition & Sale at Mountain Artists' Guild Gallery in Prescott, AZ.  You're cordially invited to join us for our Artists' Reception on Friday, May 23 from 5 to 7 pm.  Refreshments and entertainment is provided during the Prescott 4th Friday Art Walk.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mix it up with sample packs!

6x8 Oil on RayMar Art's Single Primed Linen Panel

Paint out at Lost Dutchman State Park April 2014
Normally, I like to make my own plein air painting panels, or buy inexpensive panels made with archival materials which I gesso to a smoother finish.  Every once in awhile, I find a sample set of panels that just beg to be tried out.  I bought RayMar Art's sample set of 6x8 painting panels to have an opportunity to try several of their linens and cottons.
On April 14th I went out to paint with Arizona Plein Air Painters and selected a Raymar's single primed linen panel.  As someone used to painting on smooth surfaces, I was surprised at how much "tooth" this panel had.  It took more paint and gave me a finished painting that showed the linen surface beautifully.
I know painting surfaces are a matter of personal preference, but I believe that trying new things gives artists ideas for painting that sticking to the status quo would never offer them.
If you'd like to try some samples of different boards, here are a few examples for different media:
Raymar Art
Plein Air Panels
Dakota Pastels
Dick Blick
Cheap Joes
Legion Paper

Happy Painting!