Taking Care of Artwork

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Care of Artwork

Taking Care of Artwork

At our studio we often have people come to us with artwork that has seen its better days.  We either clean it, repair it or simply freshen it up.  Let’s look at ways to take care of those pieces. How are they framed? Certainly using a professional framer will help secure the work.  For original work and work that means a lot to you, make sure that everything that touches the piece is acid free and archival.  People used to back pieces with cardboard and use Scotch tape.  Framing materials not up to today’s...

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A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

So sorry to have been lax in my blog post-good news and bad.  The bad was a long, long cold and the good, a new grandbaby, a granddaughter.  Girls are rare in the Wukela family so it took a while to get over her, actually she’s pretty great and I’m not over her yet. The idea of learning composition in art is very scary to most people.  Several years ago I attended a workshop with Morgan Samuel Price and the most important thing I got from it was a simple sheet of things NOT to do and with it came three things TO...

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A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

Well, I am back from two weeks of welcoming my new granddaughter (yes, granddaughter) into the world.  What a wonderful time! However, with exception of a bit of colored pencil work, art has gone by the wayside (can we count a lot of photography?). I’m ready now to think again about what it is that makes a student artist a good artist.  Last time we talked about really looking at what we were doing and getting ready to paint.  In this session I want to discuss materials. When I have a student just starting I ask them to buy a limited...

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A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

I am often asked “Can anyone learn to paint?”  My answer usually is, “Yes, if they really want to.”  The real question is can anyone become a GOOD artist.  The answer is the same-if they really want to, but the doing of THAT is more complex.  Many students will find it fairly easy to paint an acceptable picture, but will have a much harder time moving up to that good artist level.  Like anything else it takes PRACTICE, PRACTICE.  The real question is practice at what exactly.  I am going to use the next few blog posts...

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Transparent/Opaque

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transparent/Opaque

Transparent/Opaque

We may think that all we need to know about the colors that we pick for our palette is that we like it or that it generally does pretty much what we want it to do.  We have already shown how dangerous that attitude may be especially if we are picking that beautiful pink for our flowers that just happens to be fugitive and will fade very soon as will Opera or Alizarin Crimson. We may also get frustrated when we try to cover up a mistake with Hansa Yellow in watercolor or glaze using one of the Cadmiums in oil.  So lets learn a bit about...

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Painting in Series

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Painting in Series

We have been very busy at the gallery for the last few weeks getting a very  large collection of work to trade out at Victor’s restaurant.  I delivered 49 pieces to them yesterday—I’ll say that again 49 pieces.  They actually sent a van.  That is the largest showing we have ever mounted and it was quite a job. One of the most exciting parts for me personally is the new wall of faces which will be around the bar area.  It is clear to everyone who knows me that faces are my first love.  Well–I have found a fellow...

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Color vs Pigment

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Color vs Pigment

Color vs Pigment

A very interesting thing is happening in the art supply world.  Here at the gallery it is my responsibility to make up the orders to replenish our paints, paper, canvas etc.  This week as I was making up an order I had noted that we were out of Alizarin Crimson watercolor.  Karen, our gallery manager, had noted that we had 4 tubes of that color.  Upon checking I found that we DID have 4 tubes of ALIZARIN, but were totally out of PERMANENT Alizarin Crimson. Let me back up and give you a bit of history concerning this incident.  Alizarin...

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Color 2

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Color 2

Well, the very first week events got in the way and it’s Thursday before I get back to you.  But here goes. After you have worked in those three basic colors Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow Light for a while you might want to expand your  palette a bit.  There would be two reasons to do that.  The first would be to make a larger range of greens.  Let me say that I don’t buy tube greens and I paint with a lot of green.  I like to have a couple of blues and two yellows and loosely mix with my brush (not...

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Basic Color

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Basic Color

Happy New Year!  A little late you say for that greeting.  Maybe so, but I’m working on a resolution–to do much better with my blog.  As anyone who knows me will tell you-holding forth on most any subject is easy enough for me.  Writing it down is the problem.  Therefore I am resolved to attempt to “blog” for you each Monday.  We’ll see how it goes. For a while we are going to talk about COLOR.  So many artists are afraid of color, using it, mixing it, blending it, etc.  We are going to talk about it for quite a...

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Portrait Sale

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Portrait Sale

Portrait Sale

It is time to start planning for Christmas Portraits and Lynda English Studio is ready with 20% off the price of commissions through October 31. We know you have a favorite photo of your child, grandchild, bride, pet, home–anything.  We can work from your photo or take our own and can do them in any size and almost any media.  The best news yet is that there is no money down.  Payment is only upon satisfaction.  Christmas will be here before you know it and these are one of a kind gifts for a lifetime–so they don’t happen...

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