Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions Follow Up Letter

Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions Follow Up Letter

Artist Round Table Zoom Bi-Monthly Sessions Follow Up Letter

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 that were discussed. We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you had a great Christmas Holiday! May you fill your New Year with new adventures, accomplishments, and learnings!

We are thrilled to find out that Natalie Featherston will be participating in the Class and Instructor Exhibition 2020 at The Providence Art Club in RI. Natalie works exclusively in the centuries-old realm of trompe l’oeil, creating dazzling paintings that combine the virtuosity of a Dutch master with a thoroughly modern mind. Last summer she taught the Trompe L’Oeil workshop at the Art Club, and there is still time to sign up for her Still Life and Color Theory Classes in 2021.

With almost everything is being done online these days, it is also possible to frame your finished artwork online. Take a look at these Online Framing Stores: - a couple of Ani Artists used this website and they were very pleased with the frames they received. - the least expensive online framing store, formerly known as Graphik Dimensions.

As we discussed yesterday there are online large files transfer services available. Here are a few that are used the most by our artists: - free up to a certain file size, you can sign up for a Filemail Professional if you send lots of large files. - free up to a certain file size You would need to sign up to use the service.
Google Drive - Free, you would need to have a GMAIL account to use this service.
DropBox - free up to a certain file size. You would need to sign up for this service, and there is a yearly subscription fee for Large Storage Space.

For those who have Smartermarx membership please check out these videos on Cleaning and Tying Paintbrushes, Cleaning residual soap in dense brushes by Anthony Waichulis. And Washing Brushes video by Julie Beck available on YouTube.

One way to keep your Studio’s air healthy is to install an air purifier. There are a lot of them on the market, so make sure to do your research on which one is suitable for your studio size. The one that is highly recommended by Nanci France-Vaz is Ibuki Air Purifier.

Here is the LINK to the Rublev Varnish Brush, that some of you might want to try.

A very useful tool for cleaning your brushes is a Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaner/Agitator. The cleaner comes in a variety of shapes: sink mat, handheld, a finger held, etc.

Here are some alternatives for more toxic solvents (specifically Turpentine and Mineral Spirits). Regular Turpentine and Mineral spirits have a VERY HIGH EVAPORATION rate along with other toxic and dangerous properties - therefore you might consider experimenting with the following less-toxic materials instead: Gamblin Solvent-Free Medium, Winsor & Newton Liquin, Natural Pigments Oleogel (although some issues have been raised about this material in the past), or just straight oils like Linseed, Walnut or Lavender Oil Medium.

A useful tool that Tom Nash mentioned - Soap Slurry. It is essentially a metal container with Ivory Soap “mush”. Tom states that it works great for brushes that have dried paint on them. For more information please contact Tom for use directions.
Members Newly Sold Works

Members Newly Completed Works

Zoom Round Table exclusive look at Julie Beck’s completed painting.

Last Newsletter we started a Members Newly Sold Works Section, this time we are starting Members Newly Completed Works . Please send images and details of your sold and completed works to Anya at Please title your email: Zoom Newsletter Sold Works or Completed Works.

Congratulation to John Livesey on launching his Print page on the Fine Art America Website. Take a moment to check out his Print Art Gallery, where you can get not only high-quality print reproductions but puzzles, stationery, mugs and so much more featuring John’s Artwork.

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