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  • Turpentine disposal & Paper to a backing board

    Q: How and where does an artist dispose of turpentine? A: Turpentine is a hazardous waste product. You may be able to take it to your local fire department, but you should contact your local EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office for more information...

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

    Q: Is it possible to work just with linseed oil as a medium instead of using different solvents and prepared mediums? Isn't it possible to just wash in the first values of a painting with an acrylic wash and then build layers with oil as you goóemploying...

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

    Q: I paint in oil and acrylic, and I've successfully used an acrylic final varnish for both. I seem to have misplaced this final varnish recipe, but I believe that it was part gloss and part matte. Can you recommend a recipe of this type for me? A...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Mounting Canvas Paper

    Q: I've been doing oil studies on Fredrix canvas paper from a pad. I'd like to frame a few good pieces. How do I mount this paper? A: You should consider adhering your canvas paper to an archival-quality un-primed Masonite. There are several archival...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Quick-drying Medium

    Q: I am learning to use water-soluble oil, and I want to use a quick-drying medium. I have tried Winsor & Newton's, but it's globby and hard to get out of the bottle. Is there a better solution? A: Max Grumbacher produces two non-toxic, water...

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

    Q: I have several paintings on which I used Liquin as a finish, and I'm wondering whether I can apply damar varnish over the Liquin. Also, I recently read that one should never use Liquin as a finish. Why? A: Liquin has a tendency to dull oil paint...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Matting and Framing Prints

    Q: I own a lithograph and a serigraph, and I was wondering if I should have them framed with a mat and a piece of glass, or if there is a preferred way. A: You definitely want to protect your artworks from fading and environmental problems, so the mat...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • How is watercolor paper stretched?

    Q: How is watercolor paper stretched? Should the brown paper strips be left on at the time of painting? A: All watercolor paper will buckle when becoming filled with water, but the 300 lb moves only slightly. The thinner papersóthe 90 lb and the...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • Soft Pastels

    Q: Is there any way I can add something to soft pastels and/or the surface I'm working on to make the soft pastels fix better? Does turpentine make them fix? A: Turpentine is used to start a pastel painting because by blending the turpentine with...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • EXHIBITION: Brought to Light: The Art of Egbert Cadmus

    The Cooley Gallery, in Old Lyme, Connecticut, presents this exhibition and sale of newly discovered work by Egbert Cadmus, father of the 20th-century visual satirist Paul Cadmus. Brought to Light: The Art of Egbert Cadmus Through October 20 The Cooley...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 30 Sep 2007
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  • EXHIBITION: The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle

    The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, presents this exhibition of more than 50 watercolors and drawings by American followers of John Ruskin, including nearly a dozen rarely seen works by Ruskin himself, through July...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 28 Mar 2007
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  • EXHIBITION: William Fisk: New Paintings From the Portrait Series

    Toronto-based artist William Fisk will be featured through May 5, at the Forum Gallery, in New York City, in his first solo exhibition in New York. William Fisk: New Paintings From the Portrait Series Through May 5 Forum Gallery New York, New York (212...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 22 Mar 2007
  • EXHIBITION: Rising Young Star: Daniel Ochoa

    This latest exhibition in the California Art Club's "Rising Young Star" series features work by Daniel Ochoa. Rising Young Star: Daniel Ochoa Through April 8 Marston’s Restaurant Pasadena, California (626)796-2459 For more than a year...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 28 Feb 2007
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  • EXHIBITION: Crossing Borders—East and West Meet in Florida

    Through February 10, Alla Prima Fine Art, in St. Petersburg, Florida, will feature this exhibition of works by Gene Costanza, Dobson Cundiff, Larry Moore, Deborah Paris, and Lori Keith Robinson. Crossing Borders—East and West Meet in Florida Through...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 26 Jan 2007
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  • EXHIBITION: Form Radiating Life: The Paintings of Charles Rosen

    This exhibition, featuring more than 48 works by Charles Rosen, will be featured at the Michener, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, through January 28. Form Radiating Life: The Paintings of Charles Rosen Through January 28 James A. Michener Art Museum The Michener...

    Posted to Quick Sketches by American Artist on 23 Jan 2007
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