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  • Glass palettes

    I've been using tear-off paper palettes for a few years and always meant to get around to buying myself some glass for a couple of palettes. Here in the UK, safety glass has to be ordered to size - they have to cut it to size before they temper it to make it 'safety', so it seemed like a drawn out, and costly process.

    However, I 'acquired' a couple of palette sized pieces from our local, municipal dump..... fridge/refrigerator shelves. Made out of tempered, safety glass and seem to be ideal.

    Just saying... ;)
  • Re: Linen

    Not really ... I'm not sure about the weight comparisons, but if your 20oz is per sq yard, and Claessens no 13 is 213grams per sq metre, this means that the canvas is about twice as heavy.

    Also, the Claessens 13 is, according to the Claessens website, extra fine weave.

    Have a look at this video as well, interesting

  • Re: Friday, March 8th, 7pm NY time - "Common mistakes when painting realism" - Google+ Hangout#3

    Looking forward to it Mark.... it'll be worth staying up till past midnight here in the UK.
  • Re: Developing a recognisable style

    I believe there are basically two different types of painter... the amateur who paints for his/her own satisfaction and enjoyment and then the professional who paints 'for the market'.

    The professional decides his/her style and format (landscape, still-life, portraiture, etc) dependent upon the success of sales. A professional may be an excellent portrait artist, but if portraits don't sell well, he may be better spending his time on still-life production, for example.

    I know of a lady who won the BP Portrait Prize quite some years ago - this is arguably the biggest and most prestigious portrait competition in Europe and carries kudos unbounded, as well as commissions from the National Portrait Gallery in London. This lady was advised by her agent that the portrait work should be treated as a bonus and 'every day landscapes' would be the main source of income.

    So finding a style that you enjoy and excel at may not necessarily be the one that provides a steady and reliable income..... may be better finding a style that sells well.

    I'm not a professional, I don't even consider myself an 'artist', just a guy who paints pictures as a hobby. I paint what I feel like painting, some loose (think Casey Baugh or Tom Pinch) and some tight (in the style of David Gray, but nowhere near as good) mainly portraits or figurative stuff, but I've recently tried Mark's method for still-life (looks good and worthy of working at it). My landscapes are a bit 'Bob Ross' but I enjoy them all...... I do sell a few, probably give more away than sell, to family and friends, but if I were to become more confident and prolific and wanted to make a little bit of beer money, I'd find a style and format that sells rather than one which falls into my comfort zone.

    I'm in the process of a couple of marketing experiments at the moment (I'll post my results if they come to fruition) but for what it's worth, it may be an idea to paint a selection of pieces in different styles and formats, even different sizes, to gauge the market in your area.
  • Re: Kate portrait: First official painting revealed

    I agree that he's failed to capture the likeness.... looks to me like she's not been awake too long; eyes are definitely wrong and she's been aged ten years IMO.