Art and Traveling - part III
Friday, November 20, 2015
Being an artist I´m always pushing myself, exploring new techniques and materials, learning all along the way. Sometimes it is tough leaving the comfort zone and setting new goals.Well, I believe it is not the destination but the journey that counts and I´m having a blast on mine!
|Sandra Nunes painting from the porch|
Canal San Martin, Paris
Posted bySandra Nunes at 1:43 PM
Art and Traveling - part II
Saturday, November 7, 2015
As I have written in the previous post, besides learning from the Great Masters studying their paintings up close, in galleries and museums, traveling abroad provides the opportunity to work in different locations; it is a great exercise on training to capture the local atmosphere. In addition, there is the possibility of experimenting with new techniques and use of new art materials.
Painting in oils, when travelling, may present some difficulties from brush cleaning, using solvents in inappropriate environments such as hotel rooms, to packing and transporting wet canvases.. As we know, drying time of oil painting is subject to many variables ( I intend to talk more about this soon).
I am always in search of the best art supplies to work with, not only the immediate result but permanence is also important. I want my paintings to last for many years after I´m gone.
Well, I've tested water miscible oil paints some years ago, Winsor and Newton Artisan, Talens H2Oil and Grumbacher Max. None of them satisfied me for one reason or another. The pigment concentration, for example, I didn´t find any brand with the same pigment load of the traditional oils in their professional lines
This year I've learned about Cobra, the new generation of Royal Talens water miscible oils. They are manufactured both in professional line (Cobra fine) and student (Cobra study). I tested only the professional line.
|Cobra Solvent Free Oils|
Painting in Tulleries Garden
I was positively impressed by its quality, and the fact of not using solvent was a good point. At first it behaves differently from traditional oils, but after understanding how to handle it, a new world is opened! No smell!
When I´m travelling all paintings are done alla prima, hit or miss in one session.
Cobra Solvent Free oil on panel
There are some mediums available to be used for example when working in layers. I didn´t use any at this time, just a bit of water at the beginning and then just paint.
Painting in Honfleur
Painting in Honfleur
Read Part one here
To be continued...
Posted bySandra Nunes at 9:27 PM