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Friday, October 30, 2015

Current Events with Ampersand Artists


Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational is starting next week on November 2 -8 in Springdale, UT with painting demonstrations, lectures, and a silent auction.  Our artist friend, Earnest Ward will be speaking as the Artist in Residence at Zion National Park.  Earnest is also giving a free Sketchbook Journaling workshop tomorrow, Oct 30th with all materials provided, registration at the Zion National Park visitor's center.  
Colored Pencils

Also opening next week on November 6th is the Wildlife Art Exhibition in Singapore:  Mandala Fine Art gallery organises Asia's largest wildlife art exhibition, focusing on conservation with 36 international artists from 15 countries. World renowned wildlife master painters exhibit their beautiful paintings, drawings, sculptures for the first time in the history in Singapore, including artist Cathy Weiss, featured on our blog recently.

The new Strokes of Genius 7 by North Light is out, featuring work by Master Scratchbord artist, Lorna Hannett.  Lorna's work, Colored Pencils is in the book on page 83.  

And, we are on Instagram.  Come follow us there and tag us so we can see your work and share it!

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

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Ilayda Gülden

Ilayda Gulden
Untitled, chalk pastel pencil on Pastelbord, 24 x 30 cm
This beautiful portraiture was created by 16 year old, Ilayda Gülden from Germany, who works on her art in her free time when not in school.  She is completely self taught and uses a variety of media in her work, including chalk pencils on Pastelbord and watercolors and and pastel on Aquabord.  You can find her online and join her following on Instagram or Facebook.

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

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Featured Artist: Cathy Weiss

"This oil painting, "Chobe Elephant", on Gessobord, was my first with this media. I chose to work on a smooth board as opposed to linen for easier, smoother detail. It has worked out quite well and is now my preferred surface. After deciding on the composition and size in Photoshop, I draw directly on the board using an HB pencil. The drawing is sealed with a thin coat of acrylic, picking up a basic ground color of the subject. Then, I am ready to start with many layers of oils to complete the painting." ~Cathy Weiss


Chobe Elephant, 24" x 36", oil on Gessobord
Washington artist, Cathy Weiss completed her formal training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and went on to have a full career in Los Angelas as an illustrator and designer.  After years of creative work and raising a family, Cathy went on to find more meaningful work in her own wildlife painting.  Below is Cathy's detailed and thoughtful process in using Gessobord for her work.

The Roller's Cry, 24" x 12", oil on Gessbord
"I found Ampersand Gessobord™ on the Dick Blick art supply website. After seeing other artists using this medium I thought I would give it a try, as I was looking for a smoother surface than the linen canvas I was currently using. After my first painting on Gessobord I have not gone back to canvas. I much prefer the detail I can achieve on this smooth surface. I transfer my graphite drawing onto 1/8" Gessobord, and then fix the graphite with a thin layer of acrylic paint using a midtone of the painting color. I then proceed to paint at least 4 layers of oils to achieve the completed piece using Grumbacher Alkyd Painting Medium mixed with Winsor and Newton Artists' Oil Colours.  

I am so pleased with the results of this surface as it takes the oils consistently letting me paint wet into wet if I need to blend colors or create soft edges. Drying time is consistent, too. Likewise, if I need a crisp edge I can achieve this easily. Whether these panels are kept flat or framed, I have never had a warping problem even at 24"x36". I prefer this thin board as I can use almost any frame because the rabbit required is so small. Also, if I want the size adjusted, I have my carpenter cut the panels."

Cathy has a show in Singapore from November 6-15 presented by Mandala Wildlife Arts with 36 international artists showing over 200 works; Cathy has three pieces in the exhibit.  To keep up with Cathy, you can find her blog, more of her work and process on her website: www.cathyweissfineart.com.

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

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Five Ways to work on Hardbord™

John Mercado
Landscape Series by John Mercado, 6" x 6"
There are numerous ways to use our boards that are unprimed.  Our museum grade unprimed panel is Hardbord™, a beautifully smooth surface finished with our without cradled edges.  For artists that want the satisfaction of finishing their own panels and the affordability of getting museum quality surfaces that are unfinished, then Hardbord is the best choice.  

Below are some of our favorite ways to work on Hardbord, but by all means there are many more.  Hardbord can be prepped to work with almost any medium, more resources on Hardbord here including instructions on sealing and priming.  If you're concerned about making the right choice for a panel and preparing it correctly, just give us a buzz or an email.

1.  Mixed Media-- Mixed media does extremely well on Hardbord; like the collage work of John Mercado, a Texas artist who recently exhibited with GenerousArt.org and is exhibiting later this month in Galveston, TX.  He seals the board first with Gamblin PVA size before applying pages from recycled books and painting and drawing.  


2.  Acrylic-- Acrylic is so versatile as a medium and plays well with other media that it can be used easily on several of our boards, (Gessobord, Pastelbord, Claybord, Aquabord), with no prep whatsoever.  However, if you'd like to work on Hardbord, we recommend at least sealing and priming for a more stable surface.  

Scott Gellatly
work by Scott Gellatly
3.  Oil-- With a little preparation, Hardbord is easy to seal and prime to accept oil paints, like the work of artist and technical director at Gamblin, Scott Gellatly. Or Hardbord takes well to the pressure of oi
l sticks, like some of the work of Aida Schneider.

4.  Mounting paper or canvas-- Hardbord works well as a panel to mount paper, fabric or canvas with art already created or before painting.  It can be sealed and primed if needed, or just sealed before attaching work.  

5.  Encaustic-- Hardbord is not quite absorbent enough to hold encaustic on its own; for solid adhesion, we recommend a sealer and then a coating of R+F Encaustic Ground.  

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

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Featured Gallery Artist: Scott Daryn Tillett



Scott Daryn Tillett
Out of the Blue, 16" x 20", oil on Gessobord, 2014

Scott Daryn Tillett says he was born an artist, and it shows in his paintings that he has been practicing and honing his skills for decades.  Scott is a proficient representational artist, working in colored pencil, pastel and oils.  He is also active online so you can see more of his work at The Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.


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

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.