Monday, April 26, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
As a follow-up to my discussion on purchasing a new printer "Artist Survival 101: setting up a new printer", I would like to show off a new fine art paper too - the Bamboo Paper from Hahnemuhle. I purchased the 13 x 17 inch sheet size which comes in a 290 gsm weight, smooth, natural white. I've tried the PremierArt Watercolor Fine Art paper which comes in a 210 gsm in a bright white, but found that when printing a larger size (image size 11 x 14, e.g.), I liked a heavier paper. The PremierArt paper works great for the smaller prints, and makes them more economical for my customers at about 1/3 the price of other papers. For prints larger than 8 x 10, however, I will be using the Bamboo Paper. I like the fact it's made from a renewable resource (90% bamboo), it's a little heavier, and I like the softer, warmer white for my images. If it just had a little more tooth to it, it would be absolutely perfect. Give it a try - you may like it!
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 12:46 PM
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I was trained as an oil painter. After graduating college, however, and without an actual studio space, I switched to the land of Acrylics - where water cleans up your mess, you don't pass out from the fumes, and paint doesn't end up smudged on everything you own. I thoroughly enjoy this land! I've learned much about this fun medium over these last several years and hundreds of paintings later.
Then... the oil bug bit.
I received this generous gift of oil paints from a wonderful local paint manufacturer (M. Graham) who wanted to give me the opportunity to try out their product. And, I fell in love again.
I had this large Acrylic painting in my garage with which I was never quite satisfied. I decided to take out my little sample pack of M. Graham oils and, using my palette knife, apply patches of color to it and see how these oils compare. Wow. They are luscious and provocative. I love the texture, the color, and yes, even the smell takes me back to those earlier days. Now, maybe I'm just in mid-life crisis mode and am just enjoying a little bit of my past... OR... maybe I'm on to something here.
The painting is not yet finished (I need to go buy some more paint now - good job on your sales tactics M. Graham!), but I can feel an amazing painting on the verge. Look for the finished piece to make an appearance at:
OSU Mother's Day weekend 1 day show
Saturday, May 1, 2010
at the OSU quad
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 4:15 PM