Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

http://forum.portraitartist.com/printthread.php?t=3958 If poverty level is $18,400.00 per year (see the article), then an artist selling paintings at $6,000.00 apiece has to sell 3 per year to get to that level...(which confuses me, since at the moment, I can only paint one six thousand dollar worth oil painting at 36 x 48 inch size every six months...-which means, either I have to produce faster or charge more...I am leaning towards more...hmmm...ok, then I have to charge 9 thousand dollars a painting to reach poverty level every year...(based on two per year)...hmmm...this is not really helping me much...



Today, on Wed. January 5th, 2011, I went to Bluffer's Park at Brimley & Danforth, on Lake Ontario, & hand fed 5 Trumpeter Swans...On the way I stopped at the Canadian Tire store at Danforth & Main & picked up two 18Kg bags of bird seed on sale for $12.99 each...You can even just cut open the bag of bird seed & the swans will stick their nose in & eat from that, & then I grab bunches & walk over to the swans that are shyer...The sun was shining & all was right with the world...If you want to do something wonderful, go feed your local waterbirds this winter...It can mean the difference between life or death for a wild waterbird & it sure is a nice thing to do for yourself...






"Tempesta" 36 by 48 by 2-1/4 inch walnut oils on linen on poplar stretcher bars with walnut oil stick & oil pastel & eco-dammar & 4 different dry silver & gold pigments sketched from memory onto a sketch book paper then re-sketched in a Venn Diagram shape on clear gesso size & prime...by Joseph Grove ©2011 (needs one more coat of dammar & on edges too & a signature & title & date on back maybe...)




http://www.amazon.com/Damar-Resin-16-Resealable-Bag/dp/B003IL7NQW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

With help from the first commenter...

Take damar resin (crystals), heat in walnut oil, makes a binder you can add dry pigments to, to make oil paint homemade...

Take damar resin (crystals), place in a mesh bag, put the mesh bag into a jar that contains d-limonene (orange terpene solvent), wait several days, take out mesh bag, this makes dammar varnish homemade...

Notes: d-limonene is an alternative to turpentine...(it is made from oranges)...

Kama Pigments has damar crystals sold by Aboveground Art Supplies underneath OCADU (Ontario College of Art & Design University)...

Aboveground also sells TriArt's large size container of d-limonene...

Woolfitt's sells Eco-house dammar varnish made using orange terpene solvent (which is not turpentine), (just another name for the oranges based solvent)...This is if you don't want to make dammar varnish, or oil binder medium for adding to dry pigments...

Other notes:

Toose Art Supply will stretch linen for you on sustainable basswood stretcher bars, reinforced at the corners, 1-3/4" depth is nice...with crossbars too...pat Sky the husky when there...

Curry's Art Supply has walnut oil from M. Graham...

Tern Art online will make a inexpensive custom simple wood float frame for your stretched canvas...(ask if they will put it on for you)...

http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/176/1/Orange-peel-tips.html You can make orange oil from orange peels...I'm thinking to take damar crystals & let them soak in orange juice...or boil...to make an orange varnish...

Oscar Wilde: "When bankers get togetherthey talk about art. When artists get togetherthey talk about money."


Re: the above quote: watched Wall Street 2 this New Year's- struck again by how much art you get to see in movies about money...




Ordering supplies for my next work...2011...


Note: SCRAP this idea; French Canvas refunded my money & said they don't ship to Canada! Poop! So, I am probably going back to TOOSE Art Supply for my 1-3/4 inch deep sustainable basswood stretcher frames with corner supports & cross bars...
http://www.frenchcanvas.com/Extra_Heavy_Duty_1_3_4_Deep_Stretcher_Bars_Economy.asp 2X 36 inch stretcher bars, 2X 48 inch stretcher bars, 1X 36 inch cross bar, 1X 48 inch crossbar, French Canvas is on sale until February 1st, 2011...I chose the deep economy bars because I LOVE the smell of FIR wood- so does Joseph (husband)...
Hmmm, update: Best pro aluminum combination stretcher bars at Fine Art Store in Rochester may be worth a try...

http://www.woodworkingparts.com/products/Extra-Heavy-Duty-2-Hole-D-Ring.html These are extra heavy duty D-ring hangers with two holes & come with screws...This company is one of the few that sells them individually with no minimum order...(instead of having to buy 25, 50 or 100)...

http://www.wyndhamartsupplies.com/isapi/isapi.dll?product_detail&product_id=5225&search_type=browse&cat_id=1664 Eco-House Dammar varnish 1 litre container is what I use...Doesn't contain any turpentine...The solvent is based on oranges...Smells great ! Love dammar, love this product, have used eco-house for over 10 years now professionally...Love the people & the compnay too...A common misconception is that the yellow quality of damar is not as good as a clear...Truth is, the sun is yellow not clear...When you coat an oil painting with damar, the slight yellow tinge enhances & warms up the work, just as the sunshine does to a face in the sun...Damar is natural- all those clear formulations have got chemicals in them somewhere...I trust damar & am comfortable with the fact that it is a known material historically...

Thoughts this New Year:

  There are two big art shows at the Metro Convention centre here every year...One is for galleries, one is for unrepresented artists...What distinguishes the two shows for me, in style, is how the unrepresented artists' show contains so much realism, while the gallery show leans towards the abstract...When I look at realism, I am always impressed by technique...When I look at abstract work, it takes me further, to another dimension, allowing me to bounce off the looseness with my own ideas...I think young artists need to know this difference...Or older artists who are just setting out...Realism is a trap that you can fall into...Maybe at the lower end of the art market, you can be duped into thinking this is bread & butter work...But at the higher end of the market, if your goals are set somewhere there, be aware that masking reality, like old style erasing of likeness for religious reasons, still holds water...The rules about art do not falter at the higher end of the market, in fact, they seem to be even more stringent...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5549098/how_to_make_a_lightweight_leave_in.html On a lighter note: I took some boiled water, a tiny bit of shea butter, & some drops of lemon essential oil, in a cup, then sprinkled lightly on my dry hair as a leave-in hair conditioner...

Art: Why do I so often see people who have MFA degrees, copying from photographs in paint? Is it because somehow they are expected to perform at such a high level that they feel obliged to cheat? The urge to cut corners often arises from an unfair scholastic system that expects too much from its students & doesn't give them enough time to complete...
Also: How can a gallery possibly service an artist when that gallery represents a huge number of other artists? The more artists a gallery represents, the lower the gallery's commission take should be...