Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (07-10-2022)

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First, we would like to welcome a new member to our group - Suzanne Batchelor.
Suzanne is a contemporary realism oil painter inspired by her high school years in Europe where she visited many inspirational art galleries. While living in Delft, Holland, she observed the fantastic light that would filter into the cafes in the afternoon and evenings – the kind so aptly depicted in Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings. Her Dad and she also had a lightroom for their mutual photography hobby and they would take photos walking around the beautiful countryside and town. After developing them, she wanted so desperately to learn how to paint the photos she captured with the lens. Those memories stayed with Suzanne and found a way into her art today.

Congratulations to Lois Pluskey! Her drawing Airplane Mode (18x18", Charcoal on Paper) has been chosen to be exhibited in Art of the State 2022 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. With over 1,850 works for consideration, 92 were chosen. Art of the State exhibit will be featured in the museum’s gallery from September 11, 2022 - January 15, 2023. Award selections will be announced in each of the five categories, at the opening reception on September 11th.

King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA to host an exhibit of art by Lois Pluskey! A retrospective collection of original artwork in a variety of mediums and styles. Show dates: July 8th - August 5th, 2022.

Congratulations to Debra Keirce! Her painting Nurdles and Ghost Nets and Flotsam (20x16", Oil on Panel) won the best in the show award, at the Coast Guard Art Program 35th Inaugural Exhibition. The exhibit will travel from Salmagundi Club to Union League Club in NYC, and then to Federal Hall National Memorial. Debra has two paintings that will be traveling with the exhibit, and now are part of the government collection.

Make sure to check out Dennis’ Delomba paintings, drawings, ceramics, and glassworks at Imago Foundation for the Arts Gallery, RI. The show will be on display from July 15th to August 15th, 2022.

Thank you Alexandra Smith for sharing a great resource for examples of artist contracts for galleries, commission work, etc.
Here is another useful article: Guide to Artist Contracts and Agreements

Rublev Blue Black (a deep black with cool bluish shade)
Rublev Bone Black (opaque cool black)
Winsor & Newton Mars Black
Winsor & Newton Raw Umber

Oleogel (Oleogel is a thixotropic painting medium made with linseed oil and pyrogenic silica that adds transparency and thixotropic body to oil, resin-oil, or alkyd paint.)

Brushes mentioned this week:
Moderna™ Series 47 - Half Moon - M77HM
Rosemary - The Ivory Filberts

This week it was mentioned that Rosemary Brushes recommends a technique to bring synthetics back into shape. Here’s where they reference the practice: How would you recommend cleaning your brushes?

To learn a bit more about why synthetics seem to “deform” so often you can visit:
Understanding Synthetic Brush Curling

In our ongoing discussions about varnishes - a few resources and materials of note were mentioned this week:
Smartermarx discussion on Stacking Varnishes
Conservar Regalrez Varnish Kit (Varnish Kit has everything needed to prepare a colorless, reversible varnish made from Regalrez 1094 resin dissolved in pure, aromatic solvent and UV stabilizer.)

Thank you Jamie Lindholm for sharing these cleaning towels with the group. Here is the link to a distributor: Big Grip White Refill (200-Carton per Paper Towel Roll)
A thank you goes out to Suzanne Batchelor for recommending Pacific Blue Basic Recycled Paper Towels

Stanley Rayfield had an interesting issue involving color contrast this week—specifically, what happens to our perceptions of a very low chroma target when it is viewed next to a far more vibrant surround. Here’s a link to a Smartermarx post that explains a bit more about the issue: A Few Thoughts on Complementary Colors and Color Opponency

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