Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Back From New Orleans


Last week I participated in the "Golden Artist Educator Program", with Golden Artist Colors, the people who make that fabulous acrylic paint that we all love.  The GAEP is not the Golden Working Artist program; GAEP's purpose is to give artist/teachers, such as myself, loads of information and tools to help us educate our students about all the cool stuff Golden makes. I will still stick with my Utrecht Matte Medium, and my Blick Matte Acrylics for particular applications, and I will not stop experimenting with different brands of paint and mediums (I am not married to Golden).  I do have, however, a more in depth knowledge of Golden products, and will be able to help students find the best ones for their purposes.  Also, I've discovered the immense resources available on Golden's web site.  Check out their video library, their YouTube channel, back issues of Just Paint, Mix More Media, which provides loads of information on combining painting with digital printing, Mark Golden's blog, full of useful information.

Here are a few pix:
my favorite fluid acrylics

The new "High Flow", replacing the air brush colors. These are as fluid as water, but with the same pigment load as the other paints.  Great for intense washes and spattering.

A plethora of paint

OPENs; use these when you need a long working time, or if you live in a dry climate.  These are great to use with the gelliarts gel plate.
We made DOZENS of sample boards that demonstrate the various qualities of the Golden paints and mediums.

In this project we each painted this peach on a plate using "traditional" painting techniques: an underpainting, a painting, and then glazing.  We used Open acrylics for this for their long working time.

This was one of my favorite exercises: we each made a color wheel using a different set of primaries.


I used Naples Yellow, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Manganese Blue.  I LOVE the greens I got with the Naples Yellow and Manganese Blue!

BTW, I added a new page to my website, under "Links".  It is Artist and Inspiration, and lists artists' web sites, blogs, tutorials, and Pinterest boards that may be of interest.

Thanks for visiting!

12 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that you're continuing to use and try other brands, too. Golden are too expensive for me, at least at the moment. Thanks!

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    1. It is amazing how much you can extend the Golden paints with medium (of your choice) and still have incredible pigment load. They go a lot further than cheaper paints. That is true of most professional quality paints, not just Golden. You pay for pigment. The thing about student grade paints and craft paints is that they are already extended with whatever the manufacturer chooses. When you buy high pigment load paints (professional quality), you can extend them with whatever medium you choose, to impart the qualities you want - more viscous, more runny or fluid, more transparent, more opaque, textured, whatever.

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  2. I attended a Golden demo recently and was knocked out by the quality and pigment load of this product...AND the range of special purpose mediums. I particularly love their digital ground for inkjet printing on various surfaces. Thanks for all your links too.

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  3. seeing all that Golden paint makes me drool!

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  4. great info & links- I'm slowly collecting the paints but I do love playing with mediums. Nice Opportunity!

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  5. You were a heavy Golden User before this! And I like your comment above...you pay for pigment.... I am so glad you can impart all your Golden wisdom to your class next August! Can't wait!

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    1. Indeed! I'll bring some Golden goodies for us to play with too.

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  6. COOL post!
    Golden Paints are awesome.
    I need to try the new flow paints!!!

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  7. HI Jane - thank you so much for the new page 'Artists & Inspiration' - truly very inspiring. The only artist I was familiar with was Meredith Pardue. There are a couple of youtube video which feature her working - her process is fascinating. One thing I noticed was that many of these artists are working very big!

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  8. Going to a 2 hour Golden demo myself in Lexington on Sunday. Ought to be fun based on what you said. Of course yours was for instructors but I bet ours will be beneficial also.

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  9. You must have had a blast! Thanks for all the great info and links. It really is true about the higher cost of paints relating to pigment. That's why buying strong colored house paints cost more too!

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  10. I'm using Golden high flow hansa yellow medium, bought from jerrysartarama. Its amazing and gives the look that I envisioned. I also purchased these: Great for long calligraphic style strokes especially http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/painting-supplies/flo-line-detail-bottles.htm

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