I spent last week in Greenville, South Carolina, for Phase I of the Golden Working Artist training. Golden acrylic paints invests in teaching artists to give lectures and workshops on how to use their products. Patti Brady, author of a wonderful book on using acrylics, is a fabulous artist and teacher. She spent the whole week with 6 of us in her studio, showing us the ins and outs of using Golden's many mediums and pigments. I feel very honored to be part of this program, and I am quite excited about using some of what I learned in my own work!
This is pure pigment.
Here are some boards we created to use in our lectures that show examples of different kinds of paints and mediums.
Thanks to Josh Abelow, a young artist I met at Vermont Studio Center, this is from his blog - part of a letter to Eva Hesse from Sol Lewitt - does this resonate or what?
"Try and tickle something inside you, your 'weird humor.' You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end.
You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!"