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Sculpture and Paintings of Italian Artist Tony Cassisi

Sculptor and painter Tony Cassisi creates his sculptural works in wood and other materials.

Strip, wood sculpture, Tony Cassisis

Strip, wood sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden (view 2), sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden (view 2), sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden, sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Exile from Eden, sculpture, Tony Cassisi

Boys, bas-relief, Tony Cassisi

Boys, bas-relief, Tony Cassisi

On the artist’s website, there are images of 47 bas-relief artworks of people, as well as many creations of birds and other subjects.

You will find dozens of beautiful oil paintings of people and the Italian landscape on the artist’s website. These paintings Tony Cassisi called Metalgraphs, his own unique mentor of paintings with oil paints on metalized boards. The backgrounds of these paintings the artist has painted with metallic colors, while foregrounds he has painted with oil colors.

Shepherds Under a Porch, painting by Tony Cassisi

Shepherds Under a Porch, painting by Tony Cassisi

Lava, painting by Tony Cassisi

Lava, painting by Tony Cassisi

Herdsman at sunset, painting incorporating found materials, Tony Cassisi

Herdsman at sunset, painting incorporating found materials, Tony Cassisi

Sorrowful Mother, pyrography, Tony Cassisi

Sorrowful Mother, pyrography, Tony Cassisi

Visit the artist’s website to view many more artworks: www.tony cassisi.it

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Peripheral ARTeries February Issue – Featuring Interview + Paintings by Marie Kazalia

I have a 4 page spread in the February issue of Peripheral ARTeries art magazine–

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The new issue of Peripheral ARTeries has been published and it will be available on several websites:

1) ISSUU -> http://issuu.com/artpress/docs/peripheral_arteries_art_review_-_february_2013/1

2) The old Peripheral Arteries website that will be soon renewed – > http://peripheralarteries.yolasite.com/

During this week Peripheral Arteries February issue is available on many other web site, such as Rhizome, Neme and others. We hope you will like it.

 

Oil Painting Without Solvents In Your Artist Studio This Winter

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Oil Painting without Solvents

I began using M. Graham Walnut Oil Alkyd Medium a couple of years ago and love this super high-quality pourable oil painting medium that allows me to thin my paints without using solvents such turpentine or odorless mineral spirits.  If you are not looking to speed-up drying with alkyd, then add M. Graham Walnut Oil Medium to your color to increase flow and slow the drying.

With Walnut oil artist products you can do Solvent Free Painting and  Solvent Free Brush Cleaning  in your studio this winter.

You can free your studio of dangerous solvents by using walnut oil to clean brushes. Walnut oil is a natural way to remove color from artist brushes or tools as effectively as odorless paint thinner but without creating an airborne solvent hazard that is damaging to your health.  To avoid solvents while cleaning brushes, use Walnut oil in place of turpentine or odorless mineral spirit. Walnut oil is a natural vegetable oil that neither evaporates nor removes essential oils from your paintbrush bristles.

To clean brushes while painting, keep two jars (one “dirty” and one “clean”) filled with Walnut Oil – a small piece of screening can be kept in the jar bottom to facilitate removal of color from the brush. As it becomes necessary to clean, dip your brush into the first jar of oil (rubbing to dislodge any color) and wipe the oil from the brush on the inside lip of the jar. Repeat a few times then dip the brush into the second jar to remove any remaining color. A final wipe on the inside jar lip to remove any leftover oil completes the process.

Reminder:  Immediately after use, dispose of contaminated waste in a sealed, water filled metal container. If improperly discarded, rags, steel wool or other waste may spontaneously combust when combined with vegetable drying oils and artists’ products made with them.

Learn more about sovlent-free oil painting here.

Both the M. Graham Walnut Oil Alkyd Medium and Walnut Oil Medium are now essential to my studio practice. Recently, I also tried six M. Graham Artists’ Oil Colors in tubes: azo yellow, quinacridone rose, napthol red, ultramarine blue, phthalocyanine blue, and titanium white. I was quite impressed by the high quality of these oil paints as I used them and also did a side-by-side comparison with other brands I had on hand. I am eager to add more M. Grahman paints to my studio supply. If you are looking for intensely pigmented paints in a fine quality oil, then you owe it to yourself to try the M. Graham brand.

The reason M. Graham oil paints are so packed with pigment is due to their use of Walnut oil which allows them to increase the amount of pigment in each color, resulting in extraordinary richness, color saturation, brilliance and tinting strength. Walnut oil also has a unique refractive index and non-yellowing nature that produces color that is more naturally alive and brilliant.

Video: How M. Graham makes paint 

 

New Oil Painting in Our Amazon Store

“This my impression of a view from the side of my house.  We live in the woods and love every minute of it.”  says painter Terry L Zarate of her oil painting simply titled Branches.

This 24 x 36 inch oil painting on canvas, retails for $960.00 (plus shipping), is available for online purchase on Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B008BCVJN6

Branches, oil painting on canvas,24 X 36 inches, Terry L Zarate

Arches® Oil paper: A new paper for oil painting

Professor and painter Steve Levin introduces Arches® Oil – A new Paper for Oil Painting. Arches® Oil (Arches® Huile) is a high quality paper, with a surface designed for use in oil painting. Unlike other papers, it requires no preliminary preparation. This paper provides the convenience of a fully ready-to-use support for work in oil painting.

All-Over Realism: the Paintings of Leslie Parke

Leslie Parke in her studio.

American painter Leslie Parke paints abstract compositions from the real life subject matter of gold trimmed China dishes and recycled disposables.

Recycled Paper Sasebo Japan, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

One day, on a walk with a friend in Sasebo, Japan, she passed a recycling center stacked with bales of recycled paper. “The image of their surface was striking to me,” said Leslie Parke, “ like a Harnett trompe l’oeil painting, and the structure of the bales made me think of Don Judd’s boxes.”  For Leslie, the bales contained the history of painting– “[they] carried everything from Lichtenstein’s cartoon paintings, to Jackson Pollock’s all-over composition,” the artist stated.

Compacted, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

Later, on a trip to Maine, Leslie discovered bales of crushed cans at another recycling center. The shiny metal and circular lids suggested new visual elements for her canvases– circles, folds, bands, and also reflected light.

Recycled Bottle, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

Much like Monet’s Water Lily paintings and Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, Leslie Parke paints her images cropped, close in, with no visible horizon line. She enjoys painting in oil on linen or canvas as large as 60 x 70 inches.

Plates in the River, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

One day, after giving a party, she began painting piles of her Grandfather’s gold trimmed English porcelain.

Cascade, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

“Up-close these works painted in oil on linen or canvas, seem to be merely flecks of paint, … but from a distance appear photo-realistic,” Leslie Parke describes in her artist statement.

China Heap, oil painting on canvas by Leslie Parke

Leslie Parke is the recipient of several prestigious foundation support grants. She was also an artist-in-residence at the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, France.

She has exhibited widely, including  several exhibitions in museums in both North and South America. Parke has a BA and MA from Bennington College.  Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.

View more images of her amazing artwork on her website: www.leslieparke.com

Peter Worsley’s Oil Painting *Scenes of Life* In Our Virtual Gallery Show

Pretty Baby, oil painting on canvas, Peter Worsley

ice cubes, oil painting on canvas, Peter Worsley

Two Women Talking, Peter Worsley

Here is the link to a Preview of our virtual gallery exhibition: http://youtu.be/bPLZXcCTDHo

You can attend the online show by clicking this link:http://gallery.exhibbit.com/exhibition/b72b2895-1fa8-4169-9443-cb7e9457748c/

Launch of Williamsburg Artist Oils Blog

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Carl Plansky of Williamsburg Oil Paints is an artist in dialog with the paint he mixes and with other artists. He loves the materials of painting and wants to discuss them with you on the new Williamsburg oils blog. Today the blog post is on Cleaning Brushes Without Solvents. Artists may leave comments and ask questions.

In upstate New York you are welcome to visit the Williamsburg paint factory where you can not only see the paint mixing mills at work, but try the paint in their *application area*.

If you would like to receive the  printed newsletter JUST PAINT mailed to you, for news about other paint manufacturers, color mixing and more on acrylic and oil paints, sign up on the Golden Artist Colors site.

Nude Male Reclining on Blue Coverlet in Virtual Gallery Show

Nude male reclining on blue coverlet, oil painting on canvas by Leon Sarantos is available and for sale. Contact exhibition curator Marie Kazalia by email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

“This is a really innovative and exciting approach to online galleries. I appreciate being part of the exhibit,” says Leon Sarantos. Leon has two paintings in the virtual gallery group exhibition. Both nude male figure studies.

Included in the show along with the two paintings by Leon Sarantos are 34 other artworks.

Walk through the virtual gallery here:

http://gallery.exhibbit.com/exhibition/b72b2895-1fa8-4169-9443-cb7e9457748c/index.html

Amazon Store: New Oil Painting on Canvas From Spain

Marta Fuster Barutell lives and paints in Spain.  She recently varnished several of her oil paintings on canvas, which she described as arduous task–keeping out dust etc.

Her varnishing session was a success and we are pleased to offer the artist’s oil paintings in our Amazon store.  Today, newly listed in the store is her oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study #3). View it on Amazon here:  http://amzn.com/B007DH6854

El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3),oil painting on canvas by Marta Fuster Barutell

El installation view Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

Detail view 1 of oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

El Detail view 2 of oil painting titled Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

Part 4: Ways For Artists To Cut Down On Studio Expenses

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My past three posts on ways for artists to cut costs, included– how to make your own paints,  buying fine art paper in bulk and  how to make your own pastels. What I like about the tips I have shared is that quality is never sacrificed. In fact, if you make your own paints with pure quality pigments and binders you may improve the quality of your studio paints since the paints you make yourself will not contain the additives or fillers that some manufacturers use.

In part 4, on ways to cut costs, I am  bypassing retail and going directly to fine artist paint manufacturers.

C.A.S. paints is a manufacturer of high quality artist alkyd oil paints located near Chicago. They are a smaller manufacturer that has grown in recent years and you can now buy C.A.S. alkyd paints from large retail suppliers such Blick. I first purchased C.A.S. paints a few years ago during one of their dented tube sales.  From time to time C.A.S. offers dented tubes of paint at greatly discounted prices. I order several dented tubes and when they arrived I looked them over– all had only the smallest and most  minor dents. When I used their paint I was impressed by the quality.  When C.A.S. decided to stop  producing their oil paint line to manufacturer alkyd oil paints exclusively they wanted to clear their shelves of their oil paint stock. I purchased several pints of their richly pigmented oil paints at about 1/3 the price. Sign up for their newsletter to receive notification of dented paint tube sales. Also, C.A.S. has sought artists to demonstrate their paints. Perhaps this is an opportunity that will work for you.  There is an upcoming  C.A.S. paint demonstration scheduled at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Check the C.A.S. website for details.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, Nova Color Paint, a manufacturer of artist acrylics, has a factory store where you can buy discount acrylic paint supplies. Perhaps a paint manufacturer near you offers discounts you don’t even know about.

Some fine art oil paint manufacturers: Archival Oils,Blockx, Daniel Smith, David Davis Oils,Gamblin,Grumbacher, Holbein Artists’ Oil Colors, Lapis Arts Oils, LeFranc & Bourgeois Oils, Liquitex Oil Colors,Maimeri Oils, Old Holland, Rembrandt Oil Colours,Rowney Oils, Schmincke Mussini Resin Oil Colours, Sennelier, Shiva Oils, Utrecht Oil Colors, Williamsburg Oil Paints,Winsor & Newton Oils & Alkyds,Yarka Oils

Some acrylic fine art paint manufacturers: Atelier Interactive, Brera(Maimeri),Daler-Rowney, Daniel Smith,Golden, Grumbacher, Lascaux, Liquitex, Matisse, M. Graham & Co., Sennelier, Schmincke,Utrecht, Windsor & Newton

Artists, Want to Save Money By Making Your Own Paints?

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Painters who make their own paints have control over what’s in them. Making paint is easy. Here is the link to several paint-making recipes.

You will find dozens of recipes for making your own paints and mediums in the book Formulas For Painters by Robert Massey. I’ve owned a copy for years and have tried many of the recipes in this book.

If you don’t want  to work with powder pigments, it is even easier and more economical to purchase pigment dispersions in squeeze bottles and add color to a medium, such as acrylic matte medium, to make your own acrylic paints. A gallon of acrylic medium and several pigments in dispersion will produce much more paint at a lower cost than purchasing the same quantity of paint in tubes or jars from any art supply store. I have used pigment dispersions for several years and have found Guerra provides consistent quality and fast delivery.

Pigment dispersions and a gallon of gum arabic produces a lot of watercolor or gouache. You can buy gum arabic dry or liquid.

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Oil painters have many more options open to them for mediums that will work with pigments, either dry or in dispersion.

If you work with oil paint perhaps you have used cold wax medium– a small jar of cold wax medium costs several dollars in the US at your local art supply shop. That is why I want to share this simple recipe for making much more for much less. This is a recipe I have used myself so I know that it is simple and easy and produces a quality product. You can find inexpensive blocks of white wax at stores that sell candle making supplies, and you can pick up a can of turpentine at your local home improvement store.

COLD WAX MEDIUM RECIPE

1 part white beeswax

3-6 parts turpentine

Melt the wax in a double boiler, then turn off the heat source. Gently mix the turpentine into the wax. Allow to cool. It will thicken into a soft paste and will look identical to the cold wax medium you purchase from art suppliers.

Store the cold wax medium in a container with a lid. Use it with or without added color. Cold wax medium will go on smooth and easy and then harden on your canvas or panel.

Online Art Sales

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Artists, if you’ve had sales on Zatista or other sites, I’d like to hear about your experiences.

Yesterday, I received an email notification that one of my paintings sold on Zatista.  A 12 x 16 x 1.5 inch canvas of  poured alkyd oil paint colors  from 2010, titled Abstract Plaid #1, sold for $300.USD + $25. shipping.

Honestly, I have posted my art to online stores since early 2009 and this is my first sale of any of my original art. Over the past year, I’ve only had sales of cards and postcards on the UK-based print-on-demand site Create Today.

[ If you are not on Zatista or Create Today, and would like to sign up, here are the links-- Zatista www.zatista.com + Create Today www.createtoday.com ]

I can’t help but wonder why sales occurred for me on Zatista and Create Today, but none on other similar sites? I know that at both Zatista and Create Today I’ve had ongoing communications with the site owners, and none on most other art sales sites. So perhaps the answer is presence and interaction, as well as marketing and promotions?

I like to think that personal attention does make that difference, as I work to set up my Transmedia Artist Amazon store–lining up some great artists with which to open the store. Attending to all the details myself. If you are an artist with an interest in selling on Amazon–read my PDF file just for artists, here:

https://acrobat.com/#d=XocsRrY4RXndngT2ZTe-Cw

and please share the link with other artists!

New York: Photographic Artist Ventiko–Entering Her Version of Reality

Ventiko is the most extraordinary photographic artist I have even encountered! Her photos look like Renaissance oil paintings, and amazingly enough the elaborate sets for her photo shoots she constructs herself, often from mountains of newspapers, or hundreds of milk cartons. In this article about her processes, some of her lighting secrets are revealed as well. This full article was a published on the VASA blog:

http://vasa-project.com/blog/2011/05/new-york-photographic-artist-ventiko-entering-her-version-of-reality/

New York: Photographic Artist Ventiko–Entering Her Version of Reality 

Ventiko’s photographic images remind one of paintings by master Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael. Ventiko creates the sfumato and chiaroscuro-like painting effects in her photos by skillfully directing photo lights on her portrait subjects amid rich shadows.

Ventiko credits development of her photographic style with the influences of a Black and White photography course and an in-depth art history course, both completed during her first year at John Herron Art School, where she slept days and “obsessively worked on prints” each night in the computer lab or in the school darkroom.

The following year, Ventiko began working as an apprentice for her Maestro, photographer Tony Clevenger.  Ventiko describes her apprenticeship with Clevenger as “a lucky period in my life. Maestro taught me how to be an assistant, but more importantly he taught and encouraged me to become a photographer. Loading Polaroid backs,120 and 220 rolls, 4×5 sheet film, and running an E6 processor were daily occurrences. As was sweeping the floors. The greatest gift I was given was trust, because he taught me how to use the Dynalite strobe lighting system and a film Hasselblad camera and then gave me these tools to take home and experiment with.”

It was during this Dynalite strobe period that Ventiko began constructing sets for her portrait subjects to occupy, incorporating everyday found objects, clothing and drapery.

“After mastering the Dynas, Maestro taught me how to use Broncolors, and a year and a half ago I purchased some of my own. When I moved to New York, settling in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, my images darkened–both visually and metaphorically.” 

One of Ventiko’s dark images, The Nightmare, which won an award on the art news site ArtSlant, can be viewed in a portfolio of her artwork on her website www.ventiko.com

“The Nightmare investigates relationships depicted in Christian art from the Gothic to Baroque epochs. It is not based specifically on any one work, dream or nightmare. I hope the image is beautiful so that the viewer is disarmed and open to the meaning of the work,” Ventiko stated.

Another of Ventiko’s images, Gyspy, depicts her muse, which Ventiko described meeting.  “My oldest friend Jaybird and I dressed up and went to see Armen Ra perform on his Theremin at the Gershwin Hotel. Fifteen minutes into the performance, from my peripheral, I saw light enter the back of the room and as the doors opened a figure in black ascended the stairs. One of the only seats open was on the second row from the front on the aisle next to me, where she took her seat–a tall brunette wearing a short black dress, black veil and black leather opera length gloves, oh my. So not to be rude, I didn’t acknowledge her presence. Fine, I was nervous. After Armen Ra finished his piece, he left the accompanying stereo playing and walked out of the room. After the silence became uncomfortably awkward, I turned to Gypsy and said “hmmm…is that it? It’s a bit unfinished don’t you think?” To which she replied “Well, no, that is what makes it wonderful, leaving an element of curiosity. (Perhaps I ought to tell you that Gypsy lives her days in the body of a man and at night she comes out to inspire me.) We continued the conversation in the lobby. Thank heavens Jaybird was there to give me the courage to ask Gypsy if she would allow me to photograph her. She said she would and we exchanged information.”

Their meeting led to an outing to Jamaica, Queens, were Ventiko and Gypsy found a sparkly red taffeta ball gown for their upcoming shoot. “The red ball gown was the first article of clothing that we purchased together. Seeing Gypsy try the dress on moved me deeply, as she was wearing her daily costume of a man.”  Ventiko began to question “what is right, what is wrong, who says so, and why something is accepted as truth. For the first time in my life I related on a personal level with someone’s struggle with identity and the shame and guilt brought on by others, and that coincided with my self-acceptance and self-expression.”

Ventiko kept the gown on displayed in her studio. One day, leaving the studio, walking outside in her trash filled neighborhood, “some discarded newspaper took to the air via a gust of wind. That was my Eureka moment. It was then that everything made sense. I wanted to both clean up the trash in the streets, and create something beautiful and representational of my life.” Thus began Ventiko’s late 2008, mid 2009 newspaper project and the creation of the first newspaper costumes.

“The newspaper project started small. I was collecting newspapers from the neighborhood bodegas’ trash piles (The New York Post or The Daily News) and keeping only the black and white pages. To maximize the amount of black and white pages, I started collecting The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal from the city’s

bodegas late at night and schlepping them back on the train.  These newspapers represent the values of the Machine and by manipulating each page of black and white print I visually exercise my Civil Disobedience against the accepted societal norms. After I had accumulated copious amounts of newspaper, it then took me three days–twisting and manipulating the” norm” into something that is desirable– to create the paper skirt for the photograph A Display.”

In Ventiko’s loft, the newspapers she had collected became an organic sculpture that she lived with, and in, for 9 months. “During that time the newspaper set continued to reshape itself into a variety of forms–it was a dragon tail that became a centipede that took over the hallway, until finally cremated in a 20 ft trench in Montauk.”

Another photo set Ventiko built in her studio, came about when “a friend of mine tipped me off that a woman emptying a storage unit in Long Island was giving away props and costumes for one day only.  I rented a car and dashed out there and was rewarded with 4 parachutes, army netting, bags and two red velvet deco style chairs.”

Ventiko then located some free sand (hauling not included) and built a set in her studio using  two of the parachutes suspended from the ceiling along with the army netting, and created a ten by ten foot sand pit. “The set became a fixture of my life for several shoots during a three week period. When it was time to strike the set, my two cats were quite disappointed, as they hadn’t needed to use their litter box in quite some time. Perhaps you might be interested in the story of the octopus I got down the street for the photograph Julia? Let’s just say the result was a great holiday card and very nasty infection…for me.”

Ventiko is currently creating new work in two very different series. “In the fall of 2010 my mother began chemotherapy and eventually had a mastectomy to treat her breast cancer.  This awakened in me many emotions that had been suppressed. The photographic works I am currently creating are a continuation of themes and motifs introduced in Tenebrism– birth, death, rebirth, loss, suffering, pain, remorse, shame, humility, guilt, fear etc.  Recently I created Le Mort inspired by Le Mort de Marat by Jacques Louis David.”

In her second series, Ventiko creates wearable costumes out of recycled milk cartons from a nearby elementary school. ”The costumes have been used for both performances and photo shoots. Currently I have two full body dresses/robes, halos, collars and panties made from milk cartons and am constantly creating more. I must create something with my hands or I feel unfulfilled and restless,” Ventiko explained. “Each day I must do something related to photography.  That can be shooting, editing, research, visiting museums, galleries and art fairs, processing information gathered, or creating sets.” When a portrait subject steps into Ventiko’s studio, they enter her version of reality. This reality is most often accompanied by the classical music of Erik Satie, costumes, wigs and assuming a character. “The set, people, props, costumes, make up, and posing are created, chosen, decided upon, applied and directed by me. In the final stage, I create a work of art by using my camera, as if I were a painter, to capture the composition I have created from the vision in my mind. The final image is a portrait of the essence of the individual free of constraint.”