New Colors; Limited Palette; Comments?

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Photoshop Elements doodle, Cindy Schnackel. Gradient tool, brush tool, ‘plastic wrap’ filter.

NEW COLORS

There are some “super-colors” out now, that are more intense than traditional pigments. Availability ranges from No Way, to Out of Stock, so I’ve not tried them, but am curious!

The first is Vantablack , which only one artist, Anish Kapoor, has access to. It is so dark that it makes anything painted with it appear as a black hole, (so I’ve read). Something about nanotubes…

Around the same time as Vantablack hit the news, we learned there was a new blue that was more intense than all others,  YInMn Blue (possibly even more intense that Klein Blue ?). YInmn blue is made with a new process, too, and from some rare minerals. [Edited to add I happened to run across a paint brand that might be offering Yin Min Blue pigment powder eventually: http://www.derivan.com.au/derivan-products/yin-min-blue.html Derivan makes Matisse acrylic paint.]

Recently, I read about the “Pinkest Pink” on Blouin Art Info about artist Stuart Semple’s fluorescent pigments. The artist’s site also offers green, yellow, and a glass glitter. These are available to everyone EXCEPT Kapoor. Though I don’t know if Semple actually expects to enforce the disclaimer that you are not Kapoor, and won’t supply Kapoor with the pigment, it is an interesting statement about Kapoor’s exclusive use of Vantablack.

An artist I know locally has said he has some of the Pinkest Pink and that it is really intense. I’m anxious to see what he does with it. In the meantime, the price is not bad, so I plan to try it when it’s in stock again.

One wonders how different these new colors really are, or if photos online do them justice. It’d be great to see works in person that were created with them, and fun if we could try them out. Seems like they’d be best for artists who use large fields of more or less unsullied color. My work might not show them off to their best advantage, however, artists are inspired by new things, and I could see finding a way to use them.

Do you think you’d like to try these? If you did, would you feel like no other black, blue or pink would satisfy you anymore?

COMMENTS?

I’d love to know what you think about the new colors, so tried to turn Comments back on, but they are not showing up! I’ve been through my dashboard settings for discussion/comments etc, with a fine tooth comb, and checked or unchecked all the appropriate boxes, (the same places I was in when I turned comments OFF a few weeks ago). Still, no Comment option appears on new posts like it should. It says I can turn comments on or off on each post, too, but there’s no option to do that while creating or editing posts, that I can find.

[Edited, the old format apparently wasn’t supporting making changes, but I dared to click the new improved editor and that does have a way to turn on comments on individual posts. Still working on figuring out why turning them back on for everything wasn’t working.]

Of course, no one can leave any thoughts on that, either, because the Comments do not work.

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LIMITED PALETTE

Deciding to go out plein air painting later this month required thinking about a limited palette again, so I don’t have to carry as many paint tubes. (I didn’t want to include fluid acrylics as the lids can pop open.) Away from the house, I didn’t want to be thinking, “Damn, I wish I’d brought _______.”

Often, when painting at home, I end up using a palette that’d be considered “limited,” but the particular colors vary from piece to piece. I like having a lot to choose from. Some become favorites and are in most paintings, like ultramarine blue, whichever yellow makes sense at the time, and red iron oxide. I can always grab a brighter red, or a premixed purple or green, or a cerulean blue if need be. I prefer to mix greens, though Green Gold is a favorite premixed green.

After doing some research on plein air sites about what colors regular plein air painters take with them, there was not just one answer, but quite a few sites/artists mentioned the ones in the photo. They are SOHO’s Alizaron Crimson, Golden’s Ultramarine Blue, and Derivan Matisse Flow Primary Yellow, (which was the closest yellow I had in a tube form to the cadmium light or lemon yellow some plein air sites suggested).  This worked very well to make secondary colors plus a functional “black,” and a range of browns. I’ll also take titanium white.

We’ll be painting in the desert most likely, and there is a lot of color there. By the time our winter rains have made the spring flowers bloom, it will be a riot of color in some areas. The rest of the time, the desert still has plenty of rusty reds, purples, and dusky greens, plus usually brilliant blue sky.

As for an actual palette, I have a Stay Wet plastic kind with a sponge and special paper, but it’s large. I might just take plastic lids from food containers and pitch them in recycling when I get home. I will already have to carry water for painting and drinking, and at least a cursory brush washing, so the Stay Wet Palette may be too cumbersome. We shall see.

I have Golden’s Open gel, so the paint will not dry quite so fast. Wasn’t quite willing to start a whole new kit with Open colors, but maybe if drying is too fast and a problem out there, I might eventually switch over, at least for tube colors.

Some good finds:

A decent tripod type easel for only $20! While the wooden French easels with space for supplies are very tempting, they were kind of expensive for an activity I haven’t even tried yet. And heavy…most were made of wood.

A small, lightweight cart to carry everything, and even if I never use it for art again, it is a stand in for my “old lady cart” when the wheels finally fall off. The new cart has bigger, rubbery wheels, than than my old cart which is only made for use on paved surfaces.

A Cockatoo Commission

Happy 2017!

Twenty-sixteen’s last painting was a commissioned portrait of a family’s cockatoo. I was so happy that the buyer and her family were pleased with it! Even their cockatoo seemed to approve. The painting is 16 x 20 inches. The photos it was done from were supplied by the bird’s humans. I moved a few things around and added some detail like a lizard and a bug. The buyer supplied me with info about character, and close ups of her bird’s toes and face so I could get the details personalized.

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Commissioned cockatoo portrait

2017

This year, I plan to try two new things, or at least that I haven’t done in a long, long time. One is plein air painting, the other is drawing from a live (human) model. I will probably suck at both, but hopefully it’ll serve as a way to challenge myself, recharge my batteries, and enhance my more imaginary work, as well as just be a fun time with other artists.

My husband requested that I paint some Juncos, a cute little song bird with a tiny pink beak. We don’t see them much here in Phoenix AZ because they breed far North, and even some of their winter range is still in colder climates than here. We lived a few years in the Oklahoma City area some years ago, and that’s where we became acquainted with them, at our feeders, usually after there was snow on the ground. I plan on painting them in a snow scene. Hopefully, we’ll see a few in our yard here this winter, too, so I can sketch them in person again.

Bloggers, new law re: 3rd party posts

I’m experimenting with the Comment Settings, so if you find Comments disabled, that’s why! I have enjoyed comments, and don’t want to turn them off entirely, but felt I needed to at least find the setting. [Edited Jan 2, 2017, to add that I went to my settings to turn them back on, at least for now, but they are still not appearing as an option.]

The reason is that a change in the law is not real clear yet if bloggers have to register a DMCA agent with the USCO like web hosts have to. It’s not a huge fee, that’s part of the law change to make the fee a lot less, but it’s annoying. I had my settings clamped down tight as it was, so the likelihood of a third party person including infringing content in a comment was slim to none. Just the same I thought I’d uncheck the Comment box for awhile til I find out for SURE that having Comments enabled isn’t going to create bureaucratic stuff for me.

WordPress’s host already has a DMCA agent and most bloggers blog on platforms hosted by some company, they do not self host. So this all seems kind of odd and not yet sorted out. I need to find a better article than the ones flying around Linked In copyright groups.

As an artist I’ve sent countless takedowns to site hosts when people have used my art without permission. I feel it’ll add confusion and make for disappointing results if people start sending takedowns to individual bloggers, because most won’t have any clue about this. I only knew because I follow copyright issues.

Here’s an article on it that I just read on Linked In. http://www.sociallyawareblog.com/2016/12/06/new-copyright-office-rule-creates-potential-gotcha-for-blogs-and-websites-hosting-user-generated-content/#.WEhLBZumE3U.linkedin

 

“HOOT!”

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Acrylic painting on birch panel, 12 x 12 in.

Connie Tucker asked me to paint from another of her lovely photos, since the Hummingbird I did earlier in Nov sold the first day of the show it was in! This time we agreed on an owl. I loved the blue and gave it a little more room. Working on the shapes and feathers now, and will finish up with some ‘character’ in the beak and eye, saving that for last! I hope to have this done in time for the Herberger at AZ Center to show it on First Friday, Dec 2, but am not pushing myself, as I want to be sure I’m really done and happy with it, before I show it.

The Herberger has two galleries across the street from each other. The one that the owl will be in is the one in the Arizona Center mall, on E. Van Buren between 3rd and 4th Streets. (The other gallery is in the Theater Center on 3rd and E. Van Buren.)

I’m also working on a commission that I can’t show because it’s a secret til after the holidays. 🙂

Here’s someone who has been helping keep me busy this month!

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© Cindy Schnackel 2016

The two paintings are a comfortable pace, especially with a newly adopted cockatiel in the house! He was formerly owned by a woman who sadly passed away, and he spent a bit of time at a bird rescue before my husband and I discovered him. We love him dearly, and he is super affectionate. His former human obviously loved and cared for him really well. He was hatched with only one full wing, so he’s a pedestrian like one of our other adopted tiels. We are all set up for that here.

I have five bird pieces, each 6 x 6 in. and under $100, in {9} The Gallery for a show that opens this Friday evening. The only bad thing about having work in shows is that it means I don’t get out to see OTHER people’s shows as much. There has been a lot to see, so many good shows, every month!

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Tiny Works/Tiny Dances, opens Fri Dec 2, 2016, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, at {9} The Gallery

Tiny Works is hung, it appears, from photos the gallery is sharing on Facebook. SO many little artworks! I’m really looking forward to the show, even if I wasn’t in it! If you can’t go on opening night, please call the gallery, (929) 260-4999, they have other hours, and by appointment. http://9thegallery.com/calendar

 

Greed & Envy; Hummingbird; Tiny Works show in Dec.

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A timeless theme!

Greed & Envy was done 5 years ago, with some pieces about timeless human situations. Recently, something reminded me about these closely related emotions.

Greed is usually thought of as an insatiable desire to acquire more and more, and viewed as a problem when it harms others. Who cares if a person ‘greedily’ hoards bottle caps!? But if they engage in crime, it matters, and then it’s everyone’s business. We have laws curtailing unbridled and harmful forms of greed, like theft, fraud, or violence, uncivilized activities which work against the public good.

Envy can be like Greed, because the envious also want something, whether or not they need it. Envy grows darker when it’s about someone they think has it better, lusting after another’s spouse, or making the mistake of thinking people who worked honestly for something only got it arbitrarily through the vagaries of “luck.” It’s at its darkest when it crosses the line into harming others. Greed is often right there when that happens.

Envy can be Greed unfulfilled. Can Envy ever be sated? Can Greed? Is the difference that Greed has found a way to get what it wants, while Envy may not have (yet)?

If the envious aren’t informed and don’t know WHY they have this problem, they can become a shadow form of Greed, acting just as senselessly, and even dangerously. Both probably feel justified.

It’s not hopelessly broken. Not everyone who has stuff was greedy. Not everyone who doesn’t have stuff is envious. One can admire someone without envying them, and learn how to get what’s needed/wanted without making it at the expense of a victim.

Greed and Envy continue to battle it out like twins who do not get along. Civilization hasn’t yet entirely tamed them.

Well, that was deep (or not). Here’s some ‘funner’ stuff:

Update on a happy hummingbird painting I did by invitation of photographer Connie Tucker at the Herberger: it SOLD! I took the train downtown for the show opening and it was already gone, had been there only a day. Yay! Connie invited me to do another from her photos, for the Derivatives exhibit, and I’ve been looking thru her pictures and found many I’d be honored to paint from. Hopefully I’ll have time to do another by early Dec. (In older posts you can read about it, and one I did with her husband Archie, too.)

Tiny Works, a show of all miniatures, affordably priced, opens Friday, Dec 2nd, at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ.

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Available at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Dec 2016

I have five small mixed media bird pieces in this. Everything in the show of 100 or so artists is small and priced affordably! Buyers can take their purchase with them right away. The walls are going to be loaded with little artworks! Get there early! If last year was any indication, things go fast. But artists may replace some sold items, not sure. Anyway it appears it’s going to be up most of the month. The gallery owner, Laura Dragon, is participating in a fancy art thing in Miami! That’s quite an honor for a gallery to get a spot there. http://9thegallery.com/

Some of the small pieces I had in 9’s gift shop sold recently, too, a miniature, and Pigeon in a Hoodie, (which was from my solo show there in Sept, ‘Fatal Farm).

Commissions: I have one or two in the pipeline and another will probably be underway by next week. These are all pet portraits of birds of people I’ve met through mutual connections and/or in the local art world. They will keep me busy if they all come through!

Hummingbird at Herberger-AZ Center

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Hummingbird, Acrylic on deep edged panel, 12 x 12 in. SOLD!

 

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Working on the Hummingbird and a few other projects earlier this month.

Herberger has two galleries, one at the Arizona Center mall, 3rd St. and E. VanBuren, Phoenix, AZ, and the other across the street (kitty corner kinda) at the Theater Center. I was invited by photographers Archie and Connie Tucker to paint from their photos this fall. Archie had me work from a chicken photo last month! This month it’s Connie’s hummingbird photo. This is part of the Tucker’s “Derivatives” exhibit wall. I look forward to seeing what others do if they extend this to other artists soon. I was honored to be asked!

Edited: The painting sold the day it went up!

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The making of Cooties

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COOTIES, mixed media, 10 x 8 inches.

This started as a sketch on colored art paper while watching TV with my husband and our birds. I liked the way it came out, so later in the studio, I mounted it to a rigid wood type painting panel, added cut out letters from magazines, etc, and enhanced it with more colored pencils and thin washes of acrylic paint.  After I was happy with it, I sealed it with a few coats of clear acrylic. This makes it possible to frame it without glass, even though it’s on paper.  Below is a shot of it in progress.

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Cooties in progress.