Anyone who has taken one of my painting courses, or even attended one of my talks, will have heard me describe my studio as a laboratory.
I call it that because I am always experimenting, trying out new ideas, but also testing very specific things like I am today.
Curry's Art Store has a relatively new line of self-branded mediums. I was disappointed with their first product about a year ago, but they seem to have re-formulated so I've bought their gel and medium+varnish products specifically for testing purposes.
If they turn out to work well then they will provide a lower cost alternative to the premium brands. Some of the cheaper brands are not worth their apparent cost savings because they simply don't perform well. That's why I test!
Stevenson (officially D.L. Stevenson & Son Ltd.) is another line to consider if you're trying to lower your cost while keeping professional artist quality. Maybe I'll discuss them more in a future post.
Personally I will use the premium lines like Liquitex and Golden for most of my work, but not everything I do needs the top product lines, and many of my students are looking for affordable options whenever they're viable.
If you work (or play!) with art or craft materials, do you have a favourite way of saving money that you wouldn't mind sharing in the comments?
Some of the cheaper brands are not worth their apparent cost savings because they simply don't perform well.
Work in progress for my upcoming 'Chains Unlinked' solo show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (July 2 through Sept 13, 2015).
The process of unlinking the strands that make up chain link revealed beautiful patterns. The red cable ties in the fourth photo show them bundled and ready to go for powder coating. Can't wait to see the finished results!
Anybody who's taken an experimental course with me (or my daily practice workshop) will be familiar with the fact that I liken myself to a “mad scientist” in my studio. It's a fun way of encapsulating the playful but serious work of trying, experimenting, finding out what doesn't work in order to find out what does.
My studio is generally full of experiments in various stages of development and observation.
In the photo above are three of the ingredients I am working with for some art-chemistry experiments. The chalk and the gum arabic I just purchased this weekend and can't wait to get mixing with, but first I have to re-prime part of the wall in my stairwell (see previous post on that by clicking this text).
I will keep you posted!
By-the-way, if experimenting like a “mad scientist” sounds like fun, it is, and if you're not doing enough of it yourself, why don't you set aside some playtime in your “laboratory”?
I'm testing and practicing to prepare for my summer show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, where I'll have an enormous wall drawing. This weekend I picked up some massive charcoal sticks & a chunk (check out the measurements in the photo above). I can't wait to try them!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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