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@nada You're showing a good start by being able to actually sell your paintings. And, you are getting a lot of feet-on-the-ground experience in the real art world. It's all about friendships and connections, don't loose that. Build on them. Being a part of DMP is also a good thing that you are doing. Looking forward to watching your art life unfold. Keep us posted. I admire your drive, passion and enthusiasm. Summer
I wish the web existed when I was in school!
I did a painting when i was in High School for a guy that was starting a truckbed lining company, he wanted a Kimoto dragon, I worked so hard on that painting, then he took the painting and never paid me. sigh...
@MeganS Megan. Thanks for today's post. It's
nice to meet you, have a face to match the name MeganS, and to read
about your list of accomplishments. You are one of the artists on
DMP whom I have admired from the beginning--last May (2015). Thank
you so much for letting us know about the recent $500 commission (curious to see unless it's private), the
high school painting contest, and other recollections. You're such a
delight! I love reading your posts and seeing your first-rate art
My first payments came from selling actual rocks I had painted, from the top of my driveway - age 9.
DavidA sad tale. But an early lesson that made you stronger as an artist.BTW I've been meaning to ask about your palette. Why do you use three lead whites?Denis
@davidwwilson From what I've been reading, artist's paints were exempted in the
original lead paint ban in the 70s. But the word spread about the dangers and
it's becoming increasingly hard to find and much more expensive to buy as a result.
Some people are making their own these days. You can order
Williamsburg Handmade oil paint, flake white, lead-based from Jerry's
Artarama, $47.66, 150 ml tube. And as mentioned earlier in this thread, David Kassan is using Vasari's Flake white and experimenting with Hardings stack lead white. I've used leaded paints for decades and especially
when I did portraits because they had better transparency--although, I learned from Mark, that if you thin
titanium white it will be less opaque. I haven't tried that yet. I've read and heard that the paint
film of leaded paint is stronger and it's more resistant to cracking and I found that to be true in my own experience. I'm
not using leaded paints right now because I'm taking Mark's two-year course and giving
Geneva paints a try. But I will begin using leaded paints again in the future.
I also haven't tried leaded white paints with Mark's SDM but since leaded paints dry quickly, I think that I might like to try to extend the drying time with Mark's SDM and whatever else I may have to add to it. My own experience from using it years ago, and the main thing, was that it was warmer in color and I seemed to get more subtle
color gradations and less chalkiness with the leaded paints. I've read and experienced that lead white has a
lower tinting strength too, which means that you use fewer pigments in the
tints which will offset the higher cost of the lead-based whites today. We just have to use more caution when using leaded whites, that's all.