Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (09-18-21)

Greetings, you are receiving this newsletter because you are registered for our Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions. We will be sending a follow-up newsletter like this after each session to highlight the key points discussed during the roundtable. We hope that you are having a great and art-productive week!

As promised, since Anya should be back to take over before the next newsletter, and to celebrate the arrival of the “Horror Movie” season, I am replacing a few of our normal individual contributor graphics with my own horror movie edits. See if you can guess what the movies featured are—Enjoy!

Big congratulations go out to colleague Tony Lombardo as he will be exhibiting 6 of his fabulous works at Lovetts Gallery. For information on Lovett’s upcoming exhibition, Candles and Flamethrowers , please visit:

We definitely had a good discussion on substrates this past session. For those that were paying close attention to the issue of ACM panel particulars–Jamie shared some of these specifics:

For mounting linen or poly to ACM: Mounting glue/BEVA film
Colleague Jayne Couch recommends LINECO White Neutral pH Adhesive.

Regarding the substrates themselves, for larger works, Jamie recommends Honeycomb (AHM). Artefex has the option for honeycomb in their custom ordering section here:

To learn more about the differences between Aluminum composite (ACM) and Honeycomb panels (AHM):

Another big congratulations goes out to our own Diane Davich-Craig for sharing her awesome story about the recent acquisition of her amazing work, “Moon Rover,” To read more about this “super cool” acquisition story, you can check out this Instagram post from Robert Lange Studios here: Login • Instagram

A huge thank you to Jayne Couch Molony ( who always provides us with great info and tips! ) for referencing a cheaper online alternative to photoshop called Photopea. Similar to creative cloud programs, Photopea is subscription-based. It does offer free features—but your ability to save work is unavailable without the subscription.

Artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree recommends another rather robust alternative called the Affinity Suite. With three major app components (Photo, Designer, and Publisher)–Affinity looks to be a pretty powerful suite. Each app is available for around $55.00.

Additionally, another program with your consideration as an alternative to Photoshop is GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

Be sure to check out John McCuin’s latest currency work! It’s an incredible piece of precision painting. Bravo John on this great success! Here’s looking forward to much more.

This is how I am now waiting for Anya to come back.

However, I have a few bits of additional info that you might want from our discussion:

Frank Frazetta Documentary:
Frank Frazetta Museum:

Prolific colleague Debra Keirce was recently juried into The International Guild of Realism 2021 Fall Salon Online Exhibition! For more information: Debra Keirce - Event - International Guild of Realism Fall Salon

Here’s a link to the artist that Jayne Couch mentioned that paints right on cardboard: CLINTON T. HOBART

Ani Art Academies appears on Netflix’s .Season 2 of “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals. Check out the Episode (5) “Give Back Getaways” streaming now—featuring ÀNI Private Resorts and the ÀNI Art Academy in the Dominican Republic. So proud!!! Trailer: The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix - YouTube

In between our bi-weekly Artist Round Table Sessions feel free to come and join the discussions on Smartermarx.