More Awesome Student Work

20130725-115654.jpg Remember my paint splattered table cloth from my previous blog post? Here is an awesome example of my 9 year old student Kira’s (yes I said 9) still life painting utilizing that same table cloth and painted from life in acrylic. She took a little liberty with the table cloth pattern but hey, that’s called artistic license! I love all the paint dabs/graffiti marks that she included on the tablecloth, an idea highly suggested by me (cough) in the manner of one of my favorite painters, Duane Keiser. The marks alone remind me of an abstract painting. Love it Kira! Great job!

This Studio Tip is Being Brought to You Today by the Letter “F”

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A condiment container displaying a neutral grey paint mix I created last night. Any of my students reading this are most probably having a panic attack upon seeing the stripped table cloth. It has been involved in many required still life paintings.

As in the letter “F” for filching, because I can’t take credit for this wonderful studio tip. The bragging rights to this goes to my talented artist friend Gavin Gardner (wuz up, Gavin?). Gavin announced on Facebook a while back that he started using these little condiment containers you find at fast food restaurants to store his paint mixes in. And I thought upon reading that, “Brilliant!”. So I stored that little nugget in the back of my head like a squirrel hiding nuts for Winter. And recently when I was having lunch with my son at Moe’s and getting his requested servings of salsa, my eyes froze upon the image of a tower of condiment containers and the proverbial light bulb went off in my head. I grabbed a bunch of them while chuckling delightedly under my breath in a sinister evil villain laugh and brought them home with us. I did not get around to using one until tonight but man was it worth the wait–in a kind of life changing way. I am pretty sure this will become a permanent part of my studio repertoire.

Thanks Gavin!