Is paint a mystery to you?
Don't let the photo scare you!
Many people want to run when they see these things. But that is because they were never given the chance to experience their materials...They were probably told not to waste their time exploring or that it was too difficult.
Watch this next presentation
It is a movie clip (approx. 3minutes) and it will open into its own window. It is not fancy but it is to the point: paint is not a mystery; understanding it can help you.
(First, it attempts to show you the components of artist paint. Second, it suggests a simple starting point for people to understand this important tool "Paint". Third, it introduces artists to an innovative product that can allow more freedom to create.)These are Video Presentations, they will open in Media Player, you may have to wait a few seconds depending on your connection...as I stated before they are not fancy but could be helpful... Was that helpful?
If you would like, I invite you to watch one more. This clip is longer and it will involve dry pigment, egg, gum arabic and oil. It will not answer all of your questions but it is an eye opener.
So you see that pigments and mediums and preparing them, are more simplistic than you have read or been told. True, you do need to take care in the way you handle these materials...but as much can be said for most materials that you utilize in your every day life.When you Understand something you do not have to be afraid! But you do have to RESPECT it!
Eggs are not toxic; Gum arabic is not toxic; most pigments are not toxic; Linseed Oil is not toxic...yet the only thing in that list that I might want in my mouth would be Eggs - but over-easy please, hold the bacon!
Learn to handle the materials properly. One of today's Big objections to Dry Pigments is that they are a 'Dust' hazard. OK, then stay out of the wind and don't try shaking them onto the palette table like salt onto your french-fries!
'Place' them! And then 'Wet' them with the medium you are using and they no longer are a 'Dust' problem...But I still don't want to eat them!
Common sense is all I am saying. And if you would feel more confortable having someone show you how to use these wonderful tools, take a little course and let an instructor walk you through this new world. (Someone probably showed the instructor a thing or two.)
We have a simple way to introduce artists to paint and basic materials. We do it by removing the 'Mountain' and keeping the focus to 6 or 7 materials. Believe it or not, if you can understand that much you will spend more time painting than shopping.
We will be adding to this page but I think you might have picked up a point or two. By the way, Wasn't that red pigment, in the second video, Spectacular!
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