Thursday, July 9, 2009

How to Make Soft Sculpture with Acrylic

Here's a little technical trick to keep up your sleeve! Soft sculpture with acrylic paint, yeah! Check it out.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Digital imagery and Acrylic Paint

Recently I gave a free online webinar on Digital Imagery and Acrylic Paint. Golden Artist Colors has made some fabulous new products to allow you to print on acrylic paint skins. Sound crazy? Yeah, watch the video and get back to me. Way cool fun! By the way, this video is nearly 30 minutes long so get a cup of coffee and sit back. It's like a free art lesson!

Digital Imagery and Acrylic Paint

Recently I gave a free online webinar on Digital Imagery and Acrylic Paint. Golden Artist Colors has made some fabulous new products to allow you to print on acrylic paint skins. Sound crazy? Yeah, watch the video and get back to me. Way cool fun! By the way, this video is nearly 30 minutes long so get a cup of coffee and sit back. It's like a free art lesson!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your paint!

Here's a short video on how to stretch your paint by adding gels! Wahoooo!
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How to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your paint!

Here's a short demo on how to stretch your paint by adding gel. Wahoooo!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Creating works on paper

Here's a short video of how some of my works on paper are created. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Work in the studio







Here's a couple from the new Italia Series, acrylic on paper.


I was inspired to name this series after listening to Chris Botti's CD "Italia". Check him out




How big a role does music play in your studio? For me it's huge. I listen to a wide variety of music and often work on a series based on a piece of music. I'm likely to have a Johnny Cash piece playing right after an aria by Placido Domingo.




Music truly does calm the savage beast, but it also wakes up my creative beast!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

President Obama and the White House Art Collection

President Obama rocks my world. He's forward-looking and creative and now he's bringing those two attributes to bear on the White House Art Collection. With Michelle he is bringing new work to the White House, the likes of which have never been seen before. No more stuffy 19th century portraits for our 21st century President and his wife. Read the entire article here. (Thanks to Gordon Bruning for clueing me in to this article). Some of my very faves are now in the White House; Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, and Louise Nevelson just for starters. I am excited by this as is the rest of the art world. Finally! We abstract painters have a voice in the Highest Office.

So now when you are asked "what do you paint?" You can say, "oh abstracts, just like the ones in the White House!"

Obama and the White House Art Collection

President Obama rocks my world. He's forward-looking and creative and now he's bringing those two attributes to bear on the White House Art Collection. With Michelle he is bringing new work to the White House, the likes of which have never been seen before. No more stuffy 19th century portraits for our 21st century President and his wife. Read the entire article here. (Thanks to Gordon Bruning for clueing me in to this article). Some of my very faves are now in the White House; Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, and Louise Nevelson just for starters.

I am excited by this as is the rest of the art world. Finally! We abstract painters have a voice in the Highest Office. So now when you are asked "what do you paint?" You can say, "oh abstracts, just like the ones in the White House!"

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A recent trip to Seattle

Recently, I visited a client in the Seattle/Bellevue area to see some of my work installed. Here's a short video of the artwork installed.


A recent trip to Seattle

Recently, I visited a client in the Seattle/Bellevue area to see some of my work installed. Here's a short video of the artwork installed.


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Saturday, April 25, 2009

I've just started my new podcast
Stay tuned for more podcasts and be sure to subscribe to stay up to date. I'll be sure the podcasts have lots of information and technical tricks to keep your creative juices flowing!

Check out the podcast

I've just started my new podcast

Stay tuned for more podcasts and be sure to subscribe to stay up to date. I'll be sure the podcasts have lots of information and technical tricks to keep your creative juices flowing!

Repost of March 15, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

New work in the studio

Here's a look at the most recent painting from my studio. SPRING ECLIPSE

New work in the studio

Here's a look at the most recent painting from my studio. SPRING ECLIPSE

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Webinar Video Update - Monoprint without a Press

Thanks to everyone who visited the Webinar on Saturday February 21. I did a live, interactive webinar on Monoprint without a Press using Golden's slow drying acrylic, OPEN.

Here's the edited version of the live webinar. We had some audio problems but for the most part I'm happy with this first effort.

MONOPRINT WITHOUT A PRESS USING GOLDEN ACRYLICS "OPEN" PAINT.


Here's what Joe Coho (who attended "live") had to say: "I truly enjoyed your webinar. And I meant it when I said you did a great job, especially for a first try. The technical problems didn't keep your enthusiasm from coming across... And I could see what you were doing, too... More important to me was your enthusiasm for your subject. Living in the foothills outside of Yosemite in Mariposa, the chance to participate in a real class is a joy. So thank you for your work."

Thanks, Joe, for your feedback. I'd love to hear from anyone else who attended. It's really great to be able to reach people all over the world who are interested in attening a workshop "online"!

Look for more live webinars in the future. Be sure to visit my website and sign the guestbook to be kept up to date with upcoming webinars and classes.

Webinar Video Update - Monoprint without a Press

Thanks to everyone who visited the Webinar on Saturday February 21. I did a live, interactive webinar on Monoprint without a Press using Golden's slow drying acrylic, OPEN.

Here's the edited version of the live webinar. We had some audio problems but for the most part I'm happy with this first effort.

MONOPRINT WITHOUT A PRESS USING GOLDEN ACRYLICS "OPEN" PAINT.


Here's what Joe Coho (who attended "live") had to say: "I truly enjoyed your webinar. And I meant it when I said you did a great job, especially for a first try. The technical problems didn't keep your enthusiasm from coming across... And I could see what you were doing, too... More important to me was your enthusiasm for your subject. Living in the foothills outside of Yosemite in Mariposa, the chance to participate in a real class is a joy. So thank you for your work."

Thanks, Joe, for your feedback. I'd love to hear from anyone else who attended. It's really great to be able to reach people all over the world who are interested in attening a workshop "online"!

Look for more live webinars in the future. Be sure to visit my website and sign the guestbook to be kept up to date with upcoming webinars and classes.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Evolution of a Painting


Play the video above to see how a painting takes shape in my studio.

Evolution of a Painting


Play the video above to see how a painting takes shape in my studio.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Joy of Teaching


One of the great things about teaching is the people you get to interact with as a teacher. Here's a recent photo of one of my classes in Walnut Creek. This is the Tuesday night abstract painting group, with a couple of people missing.
I have such a good time teaching! Thanks to all the folks out there who have been my students. I learn so much from all of you!

The Joy of Teaching


One of the great things about teaching is the people you get to interact with as a teacher. Here's a recent photo of one of my classes in Walnut Creek. This is the Tuesday night abstract painting group, with a couple of people missing.
I have such a good time teaching! Thanks to all the folks out there who have been my students. I learn so much from all of you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Using Acrylic Skins for color correction on a painting

When I'm under a tight deadline to get a painting finished, I sometimes don't have the luxury of making "mistakes". Mistakes are usually something I love! They bring about some very rewarding paintings. However, if I'm under the gun and have to produce, I can't afford to make a mistake. So I will make an acrylic skin on glass and lay it down over an area in a painting that I'm thinking about, just to see what it might look like. Especially, as in the most recent painting, when I'm working really large and changing a "mistake" would take a gallon of paint and half a day. So look below and you'll see three different skins I made to check for color against the painting that I had in progress.




Brush the paint out on glass or heavy duty black plastic. Let it dry and then you can peel it up and hold it over the area on the canvas that you are considering. Be sure to make the paint layer thick enough so that you can peel it up and it will hold together. Below I'm holding the dry paint skin over the painted canvas. Looks good!





Here's a studio shot of the finished piece.













Using Acrylic Skins for color correction on a painting

When I'm under a tight deadline to get a painting finished, I sometimes don't have the luxury of making "mistakes". Mistakes are usually something I love! They bring about some very rewarding paintings. However, if I'm under the gun and have to produce, I can't afford to make a mistake. So I will make an acrylic skin on glass and lay it down over an area in a painting that I'm thinking about, just to see what it might look like. Especially, as in the most recent painting, when I'm working really large and changing a "mistake" would take a gallon of paint and half a day. So look below and you'll see three different skins I made to check for color against the painting that I had in progress.




Brush the paint out on glass or heavy duty black plastic. Let it dry and then you can peel it up and hold it over the area on the canvas that you are considering. Be sure to make the paint layer thick enough so that you can peel it up and it will hold together. Below I'm holding the dry paint skin over the painted canvas. Looks good!





Here's a studio shot of the finished piece.













Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Webinars - Monoprint without a Press

See the Post on March 26, 2009 for an updated version of the Webinar.

Webinars - Monoprint without a Press

See the Post on March 26, 2009 for an updated version of the Webinar.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rolling acrylic paintings for shipping

Here's a question from the email bag:
"Hi Tesia- Here's a question for you. If I take a 40X60 acrylic painting off its stretchers and roll it up in order to transport it will the paint crack or is it pretty flexible? This will save me a big shipping charge. The paints, by the way, are Golden acrylics.Thanks,Frank AnsleySt. Helena, CA."
Thanks Frank for your question. There are several things to consider when rolling a painting. Rolling a painting is fine if that's the only way you can ship it. It's not the best, but it's okay. In winter weather, you want to be sure you roll the painting in room temperature with the paint film facing out.

I'm going to refer you to this excellent article http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp11article1.php at Golden about shipping paintings. Be sure you roll the painting around a hard cardbore core.

It should be fine if it doesn't stay rolled up too long. Be sure you provide adequate unpacking instructions ON THE OUTSIDE of the container for your customer at the other end. For instance, let them know not to the leave the tube outside and to unpack it immediately.

Hope that helps!

Rolling acrylic paintings for shipping

Here's a question from the email bag:
"Hi Tesia- Here's a question for you. If I take a 40X60 acrylic painting off its stretchers and roll it up in order to transport it will the paint crack or is it pretty flexible? This will save me a big shipping charge. The paints, by the way, are Golden acrylics.Thanks,Frank AnsleySt. Helena, CA."
Thanks Frank for your question. There are several things to consider when rolling a painting. Rolling a painting is fine if that's the only way you can ship it. It's not the best, but it's okay. In winter weather, you want to be sure you roll the painting in room temperature with the paint film facing out.

I'm going to refer you to this excellent article http://www.goldenpaints.com/justpaint/jp11article1.php at Golden about shipping paintings. Be sure you roll the painting around a hard cardbore core.

It should be fine if it doesn't stay rolled up too long. Be sure you provide adequate unpacking instructions ON THE OUTSIDE of the container for your customer at the other end. For instance, let them know not to the leave the tube outside and to unpack it immediately.

Hope that helps!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Matte Acrylics versus Regular acrylics



A question from the email bag: "I am trying to create a gouache-like surface with acrylic and am wondering what medium/gel to add. I am looking for super easy flow off the brush and a flat application..." Thanks to Rosalie Fanshel for submitting this question.


Rosalie: The best bet I think is to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden. You can get a very velvety surface from these. Compare the Matte Acrylics with regular Heavy Body in the picture above. The gloss of the regular Heavy Body Paint is causing a glare. Keep in mind you can also just put plenty of Matte Medium into your regular paint to knock back the glare. However, you will diminish the color somewhat since Matte Medium tends to add a waxy like effect to the color. As shown in this photo. The words "matte medium" are in fact made with matte medium and you can see how waxy they look.
So, there you have it. Your choices are 1) to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden or 2) to use lots of Matte Medium in the paint itself.
Hope that answers your question, Rosalie. Any other comments? Let me know.

Matte Acrylics versus Regular acrylics



A question from the email bag: "I am trying to create a gouache-like surface with acrylic and am wondering what medium/gel to add. I am looking for super easy flow off the brush and a flat application..." Thanks to Rosalie Fanshel for submitting this question.


Rosalie: The best bet I think is to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden. You can get a very velvety surface from these. Compare the Matte Acrylics with regular Heavy Body in the picture above. The gloss of the regular Heavy Body Paint is causing a glare. Keep in mind you can also just put plenty of Matte Medium into your regular paint to knock back the glare. However, you will diminish the color somewhat since Matte Medium tends to add a waxy like effect to the color. As shown in this photo. The words "matte medium" are in fact made with matte medium and you can see how waxy they look.
So, there you have it. Your choices are 1) to use the Matte Acrylics from Golden or 2) to use lots of Matte Medium in the paint itself.
Hope that answers your question, Rosalie. Any other comments? Let me know.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

How to Tear Printmaking Paper

Isn't it frustrating when you try to tear a piece of beautiful, expensive printmaking paper and you don't get a nice deckled edge? Well here's the easy way to do it.

Lay the paper down on a clean table. Dip a clean watercolor brush into clean water and draw a line across the paper where you want the deckled edge. Then place a sturdy (and clean) straightedge on the water line and hold it down. Now, pull up the paper towards you in one clean, strong motion. Voila! You have a beautiful deckled edge to your paper.

How to Tear Printmaking Paper

Isn't it frustrating when you try to tear a piece of beautiful, expensive printmaking paper and you don't get a nice deckled edge? Well here's the easy way to do it.

Lay the paper down on a clean table. Dip a clean watercolor brush into clean water and draw a line across the paper where you want the deckled edge. Then place a sturdy (and clean) straightedge on the water line and hold it down. Now, pull up the paper towards you in one clean, strong motion. Voila! You have a beautiful deckled edge to your paper.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Techno Beasts.....

I just read the funniest article about Facebook. http://www.newsweek.com/id/183180 After spending most of the day catching up with all my inbox stuff, updating my blog, updating my Facebook page, re-activating my Twitter account, getting my blog listed on TopBloglist, my eyes are sore, my head aches and I think I've sprained my right pinky finger from typing at a weird angle.

Is all of this necessary? How do I unplug a little? Beats me. All I know is that it seems like all of these things have to be done to keep up. Please send me your thoughts.

Meanwhile, I have to go update my Linkedin Page and my Plaxo account....... :-P

Techno Beasts.....

I just read the funniest article about Facebook. http://www.newsweek.com/id/183180 After spending most of the day catching up with all my inbox stuff, updating my blog, updating my Facebook page, re-activating my Twitter account, getting my blog listed on TopBloglist, my eyes are sore, my head aches and I think I've sprained my right pinky finger from typing at a weird angle.

Is all of this necessary? How do I unplug a little? Beats me. All I know is that it seems like all of these things have to be done to keep up. Please send me your thoughts.

Meanwhile, I have to go update my Linkedin Page and my Plaxo account....... :-P

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Barrack Obama, Gallery Deathwatch and Yo-yo Ma

It's been a crazy couple of months. I've been absent from the blog scene so I have a lot to catch up on. First off, WAHOOOOOOO, we have a new Prez and I am ecstatic. I won't even begin to spin off here into my wild ravings because I could go on at length about how happy Barrack Obama makes me. I have started watching CNN for crying out loud! I have an official crush on Anderson Cooper. Just let me say once and for all, thank goodness! Okay, glad I got that off my chest. (Besides being an amazing, intelligent man, with an honest-to-goodness mission to serve the people, he's a hunk!)

Here's a picture of me with the three Practicum graduates at their show opening February 5 at Canessa Gallery in San Francisco. Left to right, Diane Goldstein, me, Gayle Muehring and Ruth Brophy. Thanks to Ruth for keeping me up to date on all the information concerning the gallery situation in New York via Buck Naked's Deathwatch blog. A real eye opener for those of us out in the sticks. This is useful information, albeit the layout of Buck Naked's blog leaves a lot to be desired. I think I have a migraine from trying to read it. But do try to wade through and read it, there's a lot of useful information in there. The slow economy is making itself known in all corners and we are not immune to it as artists. Far from it. When folks cannot pay the mortgage or have become one of the 70,000 unemployed in the country - big expensive canvases fall by the wayside. Time for us to all hunker down and put our creative minds to use to find ways to weather the storm. And besides, I've always said that the gallery system wasn't the best way to make a living as a real working artist (read "not an art star").

Now music, something uplifting. Google has a new widget that I've just put on the blog up in the right hand corner "Tesia's Tunes". Just a little ditty to listen to while you read.

Barrack Obama, Gallery Deathwatch and Yo-yo Ma

It's been a crazy couple of months. I've been absent from the blog scene so I have a lot to catch up on. First off, WAHOOOOOOO, we have a new Prez and I am ecstatic. I won't even begin to spin off here into my wild ravings because I could go on at length about how happy Barrack Obama makes me. I have started watching CNN for crying out loud! I have an official crush on Anderson Cooper. Just let me say once and for all, thank goodness! Okay, glad I got that off my chest. (Besides being an amazing, intelligent man, with an honest-to-goodness mission to serve the people, he's a hunk!)

Here's a picture of me with the three Practicum graduates at their show opening February 5 at Canessa Gallery in San Francisco. Left to right, Diane Goldstein, me, Gayle Muehring and Ruth Brophy. Thanks to Ruth for keeping me up to date on all the information concerning the gallery situation in New York via Buck Naked's Deathwatch blog. A real eye opener for those of us out in the sticks. This is useful information, albeit the layout of Buck Naked's blog leaves a lot to be desired. I think I have a migraine from trying to read it. But do try to wade through and read it, there's a lot of useful information in there. The slow economy is making itself known in all corners and we are not immune to it as artists. Far from it. When folks cannot pay the mortgage or have become one of the 70,000 unemployed in the country - big expensive canvases fall by the wayside. Time for us to all hunker down and put our creative minds to use to find ways to weather the storm. And besides, I've always said that the gallery system wasn't the best way to make a living as a real working artist (read "not an art star").

Now music, something uplifting. Google has a new widget that I've just put on the blog up in the right hand corner "Tesia's Tunes". Just a little ditty to listen to while you read.