Hi everybody! At this time of year we love to think about what we’re thankful for. We are especially thankful for you, our artistic customers! Without you we wouldn’t get inspired every day by new ideas. Thanks for shopping locally with us, and thanks especially for being our inspiration! With shorter days and longer nights, this is the perfect time of year to stay in from the cold and make some art. Is your art space stocked up? Let us help you with that! 🙂 Click HERE for our current coupon and come get some fresh supplies!
In this latest edition of our newsletter, find out some art therapy ideas for the holidays, what’s on sale at the store, how to rework an old painting, our featured new products, art events in the area, people who match paintings, and more!
Artist Birthday/ November
|Born||René François Ghislain Magritte
21 November 1898
|Died||15 August 1967 (aged 68)
|Notable work||The Treachery of Images
On the Threshold of Liberty
The Son of Man
The Human Condition
The Menaced Assassin
Mountain Artists Guild needs help after flooding in 2017!
Have you heard of Mountain Artists’ Guild in Prescott at 228 N Alarcon St Prescott? They have been promoting the arts in Prescott for over 40 years! They offer art scholarships to local students, fine art workshops, kid’s summer art camps, gallery events, seasonal art festivals on the courthouse square, a community for artists and a place to exhibit artwork for budding and advanced artists. This venerable arts organization needs help after massive floods this year. If you’ve ever enjoyed an art festival on the square, an art class or workshop at MAG, or a fourth Friday art walk opening you can help keep the arts alive by contributing to their gofundme campaign! Click Here or on the banner below to go to their campaign.
Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait
Most of us were bored at some museum at least once in our lives – except this guy! France-based photographer Stefan Draschan always keeps himself entertained at art galleries by creating his own art projects.
One of those projects is “People matching artworks”. Although at first Draschan’s images seem perfectly staged, the secret behind them is actually patience. The photographer enjoys visiting different museums mostly in Paris, Vienna and Berlin where he waits for visitors to suddenly match with a piece of art in a funny way. Follow the link to see more people who match paintings!
All things Bright and Beautiful
Need inspiration, but don’t work well without a deadline? Check out Pinch Punch Post on Facebook! What are they? Pinch Punch Post is a monthly illustration challenge on social media. Illustrations for the challenge are posted on the first day of each month. Monthly themes are announced on facebook and on the Twitter page, Twitter.com/pinchpunchpost. Join them and get inspirational challenges monthly! Then watch for your illustration when they share it.
Art experiences in the area!
December 5-8 at Mountain Artists Guild
Workshop times: Dec 5: 9 am to 4 pm; Dec 6-8: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
This workshop will focus on watercolor techniques in painting the effects of light on form in a variety of landscape, architectural and still life situations resulting in masterful paintings. The “how tos” in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork will be demonstrated all week. The central theme of our workshop will focus on light in various settings (water, florals, trees, foliage, etc.) and how to incorporate design and luminosity in a composition. Color relationships, values, edges and temperatures of light and shadow will be discussed. Massing and organizing darks and lights, understanding atmospheric and linear perspective and the use of value sketches will also be covered. Adding figures to your paintings will be demonstrated. The multitude of watercolor techniques will be demonstrated throughout our four days of painting.
“Understanding the painting of light is what’s it all about”
Students will experience exciting painting techniques, develop a personal style in artistic approaches and gain inspiration for future paintings.
Recommended reading, “Seeing The Light, an artist’s guide”, F&W Pub. Author, Betty Carr
Space is limited, so please register early.
Call Mountain Artists Guild, at: 928-445-2510 or 928-776.4009
or stop by in person at: Mountain Artists Guild, 228 N Alarcon St, Prescott, AZ 86301
2. November 19th at Taj Mahal restaurant
Looking for something artistic and fun to do with friends? Go to facebook.com/bonnysartparties and sign up for a fun art party.!
BONNY’S ART PARTIES Held at the Taj Mahal Restaurant 124 N. Montezuma St, Prescott. Please call 928-445-5752 for reservations. $45 per person includes canvas, supplies embellishments, coaching, one alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink and appetizers. At your place or event $30 per person includes canvas, paint, easels, brushes, embellishments and coaching.From Bonny: The elephant is a painting we will be doing on November 19. I’m actually going to paint the outline on the canvas to make it more enjoyable for people who are there for a couple of hours of entertainment and relaxation.At theTaj Mahal downtown
3. November 4th and December 2nd at the Phippen Museum
Scratch Art – FREE
Saturday, November 4th at 10AM
Recommended Ages: 10 and older. Kids study Native-American pottery and rock-art designs and then make their own design, or free-form art etching using a scratch art board provided by the museum. Led by Phippen docents. (Note: this class entails the use of sharpened instruments)
Cork Horse Ornaments – FREE
Saturday, December 2nd at 10AM
Recommended Ages: 10 and older. Kids (and adults) have the chance to design and outfit a whimsical, wine-cork horse with an array of materials to brighten and adorn your holiday tree. (Note: this class entails the use of hot glue).
How to Paint Over an Unfinished Oil Painting
Revive an Old Oil on Canvas and Continue Painting
Do you have an old canvas that you’d like to paint over or continue working on? While it may not be ideal for every oil painting, it is possible to reuse or revitalize a work in progress even if it’s been in storage for years.
Many artists choose to paint over an unwanted and unfinished oil painting. This can save on the cost of a new canvas and the time involved in stretching and preparing it. It is also a nice way to practice a new technique or work out ideas without investing extra cash.
However, there are a few considerations that you should take into account first.
Should You Paint Over an Old Oil Painting?
You can paint on an old oil painting like it is a new one, you will just need to make sure there is no grease or dust on it. However, you might want to consider if it’s worth the effort. Would it be easier or the final painting better if you simply begin with a blank canvas?
Ask yourself this: Is it worth the slight risk that the old paint may show through? It is also possible that the new painting may crack because the painting underneath pulled in all of the oil. Is the money you’re saving by reusing the canvas worth it?
Many artists would probably answer “no” to these questions and move on to a new canvas. In the very least, you can use those unfinished canvas pieces as a study for the new painting. What went wrong? Why did you abandon it? What do you like about it?
Use this as inspiration and learn from what you did in the past.
If you do choose to start anew, think about recycling the stretcher bars for your new canvas. Carefully remove the old canvas and store it if you like, but those stretchers should be good for another go around and simply need a fresh piece of canvas.
Of course, there are artists who actually seek out old paintings when creating a body of work. Artist Wayne White is a perfect example and his colorful word paintings are created on top of thrift store paintings. The documentary film “Beauty is Embarrassing” showcases his work and artistic process.
Most artists will not take White’s approach though and if you do want to paint over an old canvas, there are some tips you will want to know.
How to Paint Over an Old Canvas
There are two basic ways to approach an old canvas: start all over or work with the paint that’s already there. The trick to either is to ensure the canvas is clean before you begin.
Many old paintings that have been stored for years are dusty, dirty, and some even get a little greasy.
- Dust can be dealt with by wiping the painting with a damp cloth and leaving it to dry.
- If there’s any grease on the painting, wash it lightly with a solution of rubbing alcohol and let it dry overnight. You can then paint on it as usual.
Be sure that you don’t overwash it. What you don’t want to see is any paint color on your cleaning rag. This is a sign that you are cleaning it too much and getting into the paint layers rather than removing the dirt on top of it.
Once the painting is dry, you can either continue painting or begin to cover up or remove the old layer of paint.
- If the colors on the old painting are very intense, consider painting a layer or two of fat titanium white (not gesso) on top. Allow it to dry completely between coats.
- If the painting has any unwanted texture or impasto work, you will need to sand that down. Use a fine grit sandpaper and gently remove the ‘offending’ paint. Wipe the canvas with a damp cloth and allow it to dry before adding those fat layers of titanium white.
How to “Wake Up” an Old Oil Painting
There may be an old canvas painting that you really do want to finish, even if it’s been years since you first touched it with a brush. It’s very easy to get it to a workable state by giving it a “wake up” – the technical term is oiling out.
- Begin by removing all of the dust and grime with a damp cloth and allow the painting to dry completely.
- Apply a thin coat of oil medium and allow it stand for at least a day (choose a location where it’s not going to gather dust).
- You should be set to begin painting again.
Remember, that the new oil paint you will apply has oil in it which will also ‘feed’ the old paint. That is why only a very thin coat of medium is required.
On an interesting and related side note, some Old Masters used a thin “wake up” layer between dried coats while glazing. You might want to consider trying that sometime as well.
Originally Written by Gerald Dextraze, August 2006
Edited: September 2016
We hope you enjoyed November’s Newsletter! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂