Randy Higbee Gallery is hosting the fifth annual 6″Squared Exhibition and Sale Through December 31, 2014 See images, exhibit, and purchase information here
Minerals, Metals and Dirt
Natural earth minerals have played an important role in artwork since the cave paintings of antiquity. Paints are made from clumps of dirt or ground up minerals such as cinnabar or lapis lazuli. In cave paintings, yellow ochres, reddish siennas, and brownish umbers were mixed with saliva or other binders and painted on walls or rocks with sticks. Burnt and charred bones or tree branches made perfect blacks. In short, anything that had color could be mixed with something liquid or fluid and made into paint.
This past week, I had the pleasure of participating in the Oil Painters of America Critique Program. For the nominal fee of $25.00 (which goes to OPA), artists have the opportunity to have a signature or master level member review their oil paintings and give instructional advice on how they might improve their technique. Because [read more]
There is a mystery that has been baffling scholars for a long time. Why did Rembrandt apply gold leaf to the surface of a sheet of copper and paint in oil atop. Why would he cover a perfectly and already beautiful copper surface? Was it the smoothness? Was it an experiment? Nobody really knows for [read more]
Experiments were made using several different brands of powdered gold leaf, but I settled on the Schmincke. This pigment is super fine, rich in color, and mixes easily into a paint by combining the powder with just a little of whatever medium you are working with on your project. I used the Strasbourg medium that [read more]
This is another example of background transparency/translucency that suggests a lot of atmosphere. The brass is glowing through the paint strokes, but it’s not too busy either. Black and burnt umber worked well here. Above is a detail of one of the gold leaf paintings. The gold was such a beauitiful passage that it was [read more]