Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The comments section also contains some good suggestions. After wiping your brush well on a rag or paper towel, you can use either Goop hand cleaner, baby oil or safflower oil from the grocery store to remove the residual paint. Then soap & water (regular bar soap or Murphy's Oil Soap) will finish the job. Maybe top it off with Master's or Winsor-Newton Brush Cleaner.
There is also a post by Larry Seiler on WetCanvas! where he describes how to melt down Ivory soap. He uses it as an inexpensive alternative for cleaning brushes in the classroom.Of course, Gamblin Gamsol is a reasonably safe solvent, made from cosmetic grade petroleum distillate with all harmful aromatic solvents refined out of it, so it is minimally toxic whether inhaled, ingested or exposed to skin. It is good for thinning oil paints and mediums as well as cleanup.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I sort of knew this all along, of course. Mark Twain told me so. But it's one thing to have someone (even a very wise man) tell you something, and another thing to experience it. Then I remembered the Navajo Beautyway chant:
In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk...and I remembered that beauty is much larger, more powerful than anything in the human world.
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty
It is finished in beauty
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Thank you to Gayle Crites for telling me about this Robert Bateman video interview last night.
It was recorded at the Susan K Black Foundation last month.
"I think the world would be a better place if everybody was a plein air painter. Not so much to do with art, but with paying attention to a place." The new Robert Bateman Centre is now open in Victoria, BC Canada.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
There were displays showing the results of an excavation, explanations of how the pumps were powered by water pressure, and volunteers teaching about how ditches were dug in the 19th century, using horses.
The motivating factor for the pioneers back in 1880 was to have enough water, and water pressure, to fight fire. Modern firemen and their firetrucks were on hand at this event yesterday, and it was a solemn reminder of the destructive wildfire that began one year ago today. Although we weren't directly affected, it was so close. The hills are black. Many friends were evacuated, some lost their homes, and one friend was killed.
This is Becky's pastel from the morning of June 9, 2012. We were out painting and we spotted a tiny wisp of smoke on the horizon.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
We'd like to express our condolences to the family of Linda Steadman, who was killed in her hundred-year-old cabin on the Steadman Ranch as the winds whipped the flames through the dry timber.
And special thanks to Genevieve Baud Caizergues, who wrote to us from southern France. Her village had to be evacuated in August, 2010, when wildfires burned over 7,000 acres of vineyards, pine and oak woods. She took her neighbor's girls and their 2 cats, her dog, 2 cats and 2 tortoises (!) in her Volkswagen camper.
She reminded us of a quote... "Giacometti said: 'In a fire, between a picture of Rembrandt and a cat, I would save the cat.' "