Monday, April 21, 2014

Maine Seascape Painting - I love painting the sea

Coastline Colors -

I love painting seascapes. Everything about the sea changes each time you go to paint it. The color, the forms, the values, nothing is stagnant.... and it is always a challenge.

I am doing more of these 5x7's to see if any  should be scaled up and painted again.
 Misty Waters

Friday, April 18, 2014

Maine seascape Schoodic Point & Supplying your art Studio tip #5

Supplying  your art studio from a Thrift store: Tip Number 5

I have not posted in several weeks.  I don't have a good enough excuse to mention it here, so first here is a small 5"x7"seascape I just completed.  It's my favorite spot in Maine to paint, Schoodic Point part of  Acadia National Park.
Schoodic Splendor
5"x7" oil on canvas board

 Tip number 5 for How to supply your art studio from a thrift store:

This may not  be a standard thrift store item but I found mine inside the backpack I bought for my plein air bag.(an extra bonus) A container for cleaning contact lens. This one is from a Walmart store. I am sure they are cheap. I use it to hold my Liquin in my pochade box when I paint outdoors. It's the perfect size.
You can also use the little tin you sometimes get for free inside a Celestial Seasoning Tea box for the same purpose.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Plein air in Castine Maine and more studio tips

Castine, Maine Plein Air-

Yesterday was a beautiful crisp morning for my first trip to Castine, Maine. I set out to scope the area and of course to paint the Dyce Head Lighthouse.
No one around so I had the whole place to myself.
The snow was trying to hold on but the sun did it's magic, by the time I left most of it had melted.
Of course the sun also eliminated the clouds.  I was fiddling with this one too much and not making any progress so I quit and went exploring for future subjects. Found a bunch too!
Castine Maine lighthouse
Back to my ten best suggestions for supplying your studio from thrift stores.
Tip Number 4 - big big extra big jeans for paint rags

Blue jeans make the best brush wipes because they are rough textured and absorbent. Here's the tip though. Wait for the best sale at the thrift store. (.99 cents) then take advantage of this country's obesity problem and buy the biggest pair of jeans they have. Bring them back to the studio and cut them into pieces. You'll have several months worth of brush wipes for around $1.

Tip number 5 - Art shoes 
For a few dollars you can have studio shoes and plein air disposables. Get them roughed up and covered with paint and mud... who cares they only cost me $4 a pair.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Top Ten Studio Supply Tips from a Thrift Store - Number 2 & 3- old frames and mirrors

Supplying your studio from Goodwill or a Thrift Store  Tip Number 2 - Old Frames

The reason to keep a list of things I need or could use ( notice they are different) in the studio, is that stalking thrift stores takes time. The list is the only way to remember these quirky ideas.
Old frames are found in abundance in thrift stores and are cheap. I'm not talking about frames for artwork that you will take to a gallery or show.  Don't  do that or the art police will revoke your artistic license.

I hunt for frames that can be used in still life set ups.
Bookseller's Favorites
I did this one a few years ago. The frame cost me about $2. Rembrandt's portrait was not in the frame I added that. But....
The Bookseller
this print with his portrait was in this frame  I purchased for $3.50.

Of course you could use these recycled frames to hang them in your own studio. ( perfectly legal if used for observational purposes only.) This 5x7 has seen better days but it's nice to pop a daily practice painting in  every so often.
  Tip Number 3 - Mirrors
 Mirrors are an important tool to check accuracy and values in  your work.  Nothing finds mistakes quicker in your drawing. If you don't have space to hang a larger mirror on the wall in your studio, you could use an extra easel set up behind you or some times you get lucky at a thrift store and find two  supplies for the price of one.

Like this little hand held mirror I removed from an old frame. (99 cents) 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Best Tips for supplying your art studio from Goodwill or thrift stores -Tip Number 1 the Plein Air Pack.

First day of spring in Maine -

I guess that means wild turkeys at the door step.

But onto a less serious note:
My top 10 ideas for supplying your studio from a thrift store...These lists are just fun to try and put together because they always generate more lists and more ideas. 

The idea for this post came about because last week I upgraded my original thrift store plein air pack (cost me $2 a few years back) to a new and improved carrier. ( cost me double, but I get twice the space)... and it comes in red so I can't possibly misplace it!

It not only holds twice as much stuff but is has all the options...

Wheels and a handle...
You can carry it on your back, and it even holds a tripod...
This is the best part. My pochade box, brushes, turps, hand cleaner and Liquin are all easy to pack and remove. 
( I have no idea who made this bag but if I owned the company I would market it to plein air painters)

The small bag($2) that holds my tubes of paint just happens to be red also.
So my number 1 thrift store supply is the Plein Air travel kit -  Total price $6.

This was a rather long post so  I'll post the other nine tips  over the next week.