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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Featured Gallery Artist: Jane Carr



Big Dutchman, egg tempera on Claybord by Jane Carr

Upstate New York artist Jane Carr paints the landscape with egg tempera, taking careful notice of how the landscape changes with weather, farming, animals and buildings.  Jane regularly exhibits her work locally and nationally and will occasionally teach egg tempera in her home studio.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Featured Artist: Rock Newcomb

Southwest Hotties, 11" x 17", acrylic on Clapboard
Arizona artist, Rock Newcomb has had a life long love affair with creating art.  From an early age, he was drawing portraits and he continued to study through college and graduate school, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art at California State University.  Before working full time as an artist, Rock taught art for over 25 years at high school and junior college.
Pueblo Colors, 30" x 20", acrylic on Claybord

In college, Rock's undergraduate degree was in illustration and his graduate degree was in the fine arts, where he  experienced a range of art materials and media.  With his sense of detail and representational style, watercolor, gouache, oil and colored scratchboard served his purposes.  However, Rock found acrylic to be a more suitable medium.  "Approximately 18 years ago, after working on a watercolor for numerous days, I accidentally spilled iced tea on it and helplessly watched as the painting partially dissolved.  The next day, I purchased the three primary and black and white colors in acrylic.  Using techniques acquired working with oil and watercolor, I began teaching myself the use of acrylic, and have been working with them ever since," he explains further.  

Claybord was a natural substrate for him to try while Rock was practicing scratchboard art 18 or so years ago.  A fellow artist gave him some samples, and he has been using Claybord and Gessobord exclusively since.

With Rock's busy exhibition and commitment schedule, he hasn't had time to teach workshops in the past several years.  However, you can see much more of Rock's work online and in person represented at these galleries: Astoria Fine Art, in Jackson, Wyoming; Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Sun Seekers, 12" x 9", acrylic on Claybord


All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Featured Gallery Artist: Nancy Bass

Nancy Bass
Zoe and Ella, oil on Gessobord

"My paintings take a contemporary look at the beauty and personalities of animals.  Set against abstract fields of color, my models - each with a unique name and face - are two herds of cattle I have raised with my husband for the past thirty years on our farm in Southern Albemarle." ~Nancy Bass

Nancy Bass does teach workshops and exhibit her work regulary.  Join her eNewsletter list or follow her website for regular updates on her events.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Featured Gallery Artist: Steve Miller


"September Morning" by Steve Miller
September Morning, soft pastel on Pastelbord, 24" x 36"

Steve Miller's work, "September Morning" was accepted into the 33rd Annual Pastel Society of the Southwest National Juried Exhibition now showing in the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau in Grapevine, TX through November 28th.

Steve is also part of the juried exhibition Broadview: A Spectrum of Nature to benefit the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, running through November 23rd.

Texas artist, Steve Miller works in both oil and pastel, represented by the Weller House Gallery in Ft. Worth, TX, the Adobe Western Art Gallery in Ft. Worth and The White Buffalo Gallery in Glen Rose, TX.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

The Artist Panel: Canvas Texture

The top benefits of using the Artist Panel in Canvas Texture:

canvas texture panel

Value Series Artist Panel™
• Acrylic gesso ground on MDF
• Medium canvas texture for optimum paint control
• Ampersand quality at an affordable price

Many Fine Art and Craft Uses:
• Ready to paint with oils, acrylics and mixed media
• Perfect for altered art, collage and found objects
• Simple to hang and frame

Do you want more control over your paint applications and brighter truer colors? Then try the Artist Panel™, a top quality MDF panel sealed with acid-free acrylic gesso with added canvas texture. Perfect with oil paints and acrylics, the ready-to-paint canvas-like texture gives artists all the advantages of painting on panel, but with the familiar feel of a fine linen or canvas. The durable rigid medium density fiberboard support makes the Artist Panel ideal for palette-knife painting and multi-media applications. Available in a 9mm panel with hanging slots on the back, a ¾" and a 1.5" cradled profile. The cradle support frames are hand made using 1/2” birch plywood offering maximum stability and support. For ideas on how to treat the edges of the cradle, consult this article on hanging and framing.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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