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If you like painting and live 5 miles south of the Canadian border at the end of a road in the middle of the boonies surrounded by rocks, sticks, water, moose & squirrel, this is really great site to view art.
The videos, and photos are incredible and allow the viewer to visit without ever leaving the woods.
Fantastic artwork by many artists is on this vast site. If you paint at a level similar to me and are like me, you’ll want to break all your paint brushes and become a busboy at a chain restaurant.
Actually, I am fascinated by the art which ranges widely from blobby looking stuff that you just can’t look away from to incredible realism. It goes from soup to nuts in art. Some of the works I saw make me wonder how they decided that painting an old wooden chair leaning against an old, flattened-out brass tuba is a something that everyone would want to see, but they do that. Or, there is the girl with one goofy eye sitting in the middle of the room. I don’t get some of these compositions but there are other spectacularly interesting works up the yin-yang. The simple appearance of their techniques make them look a lot easier than they are and I particularly like those paintings that you need to step back from to see what’s going on. I’ve done some of those over the years and the ones that worked were pretty good. The ones that did not work were junk. Fortunately, you can paint the canvas over again.
Be sure to check out the videos on this sight. Art professors talk about the painting and point out the reasoning for the odd compositions in many of the cases. They also talk about compostions, history, techniques, etc.
Another chair finished with two coats of varnish after about 500,000 itty-bitty strokes of a brush. I don’t really know the actual number but sometimes it seems like that. Overall, I’m happy with the final turnout of this Adirondack chair. Hopefully, my client will feel the same, otherwise it’s back to the drawing (painting) board.
Check out my other posts on this blog and don’t forget to visit Northwind Lodge in the summer! If you like to paint, we have TONS of subject matter and the perfect environment for artists.
To order my artwork, visit our online catalog at Red Rock Wilderness Store HERE. If you have a question about custom painting on wineglasses, mugs or chairs and etc., send me an email at email@example.com or call 218-365-4512 and leave a message. Thanks!
I began painting this mouse and mushroom when I was a youngin’ about 40 years ago! I can’t believe it has been that long and I can’t remember if I saw it somewhere or came up with it on my own. I suspect that I saw some form of it somewhere and it grew from there. My very first painting on a rock was this mouse. I used to do wood burnings of it as well – many wood burnings of it.
I never get tired of the happy little fellar.
Please note, that even though I could probably paint this with my eyes shut (OK, so it would be a little sloppy), none of them are the same. I’d need a stencil for that. Call if you’d like a mouse wineglass. 218-365-4512
Another fun thing to paint, but they can be hard to catch. But when you do catch them, use Krylon for complete and lasting coverage in a spray can. Just kidding – I do not catch and paint monarch butterflies different colors than they already are. I do like to paint them onto wine glasses however. I’ll start changing up the poses when I finally get tired of the wing span image you see below. There is something about blending the colors in the different compartments of the wings that appeals to me. The glass-painting acrylic paint that I use has a quirkiness that requires several passes of certain colors and blending red and yellow to get orange doesn’t always happen. I find that laying down red (which covers completely) and then overlaying yellow (which is a bit on the transparent side for coverage) ends up forcing a more orange color. To manipulate that color combo, I end up adding browns and sometimes purple. Depends on how I want it to look at the moment.
That is the fun part of painting. Technically, you would think you have complete control, but I don’t always experience that. The colors that the human eye sees may appear as straightforward, but to arrive at that color requires a formula and a blend of many different colors which when standing alone, do not always make sense. You look at it and say, “How the heck is blue in there?” Dunno….but it is.
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