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  • U.S. Mint Call For Artists: Artistic Infusion Program

    The United States Mint is inviting artists from throughout the United States to participate in its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) to enrich and invigorate the design of coins and medals. The new invitations seek up to 10 Associate Designers – professional...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 15 Sep 2006
  • Exhibiton: The Eternal Masquerade: Prints and Paintings by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

    This exhibition, on view through October 8, chronicles the work of painter and printmaker Gerald Brockhurst. The Eternal Masquerade: Prints and Paintings by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890–1978) From the Jacob Burns Foundation Through October 8,...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 7 Sep 2006
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  • Advice from 70 Years of "American Artist"

    As we looked back on 70 years of American Artist in the January 2007 issue, we were reminded of the artists who shaped the way we draw and paint today. Here, we present advice that has been collected from articles about these artists. Be sure to look...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 8 Dec 2006
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  • EXHIBITION: Variations on America: Masterworks From American Art Forum Collections

    Seventy-two major works will be featured in this exhibition, which celebrates the vision and passion of private collectors who were formerly affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, DC. Variations on America: Masterworks From...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 23 Jun 2007
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  • Oil Paint Blooming

    Q: Some of my non-varnished oil paintings that are still drying have developed a whitish bloom on the top surface. What did I do wrong, and what should I do now? A: The "blooming" can be caused by a variety of conditions. Temperature plays an...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Heavy Bodied Acrylic Paint

    Q: I want to purchase a large amount of heavy-bodied acrylic paint suitable for applying to large canvases with a spackle knife. What is the most economic way of doing so? A: There are acrylic brands that say "heavy body" on the label. Liquitex...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Priming Plywood for Oil Painting

    Q: Is it necessary to prime plywood before painting on it with oil? Couldn't I apply a layer of oil paint directly to the board, let it dry, and then start painting on it? A: Painting directly on plywood can prove problematic. Plywood is porous and...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • Resizing Watercolor paper

    Q: I relocated from the States to the Caribbean and have found that all the watercolor paper--Fabriano, Arches, Winsor & Newton--is too absorbent to float the watercolor paint. Is there something I can buy to resize the paper or save it somehow so...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Painting Cloth Backdrops

    Q: I am doing some large cloth backdrops for the stage. Gesso is so expensive, but I want to make sure the background doesn't crack. Is there something else that I can purchase by the gallon that would work? A: If you are not concerned with being...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Damar Varnish

    Q: I have read that damar varnish can be diluted to make retouch varnish. What would I dilute it with, and what is the correct ratio? A: Gum turpentine is the solvent of choice for dammar varnish. For retouch varnish you should thin it down with 10 parts...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Transporting Wet Canvases

    Q: I've just started working with oil and would like to know the best method for transporting wet canvases (or canvas boards, in my case) to and from class. A: There are a few products on the market designed to help transport wet canvases and canvas...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Painting Airy Clouds

    Q: I'm a beginner painter, and I'm hoping you can recommend a technique for painting clouds that will create the illusion of airiness. Can you help me? A: Regardless of your medium—watercolor, acrylic, or oil—the basic rules for edges...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • Photographing Artwork

    Q: I paint in acrylic, on both Masonite panels and paper. When photographing my paintings, do I shoot the image with or without the frame as part of the presentation? Should works on paper be shot with a mat? A: All artwork—regardless of whether...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • Painting with Turpentine

    Q: An oil painting I finished a couple of years ago has developed a section that has cracked and fallen off. I never use any medium except turpentine, and always paint "fat over lean.” Since I paint for a living, I'm more than a little...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • Transporting Oil Paintings

    Q: I will be transporting oil paintings (which will have dried for two months) by removing them from their stretcher bars, rolling them, and placing them in tubes. What do you recommend as an interleaving material? Any other hints on shipping and restretching...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009