Your questions answered: How to use acrylics & rubbing alcohol, upcoming classes in Salt Lake City, and where to shop for art supplies in Calgary.
How To: Use Acrylics & Rubbing Alcohol
Q. I use 99% rubbing alcohol in my paintings (sometimes quite a bit) and I find that when I am ready to varnish the painting my varnish does not go on smoothly or somehow does not adhere to the areas that had a lot of alcohol added. Do you have any suggestions? I have tried both brushed on varnish and spray. Many Thanks!
A. Please keep in mind that the painting process I teach is highly experimental. Using our materials, paints and tools in ways other than recommend by the paint company, opens us up to an array of unpredictability. This is a good thing! In your case, I have found that using spray varnish offers the best results. Another alternative is to leave your painting unvarnished. Best of luck and happy experimenting!
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Q. Do you ever teach workshops in SLC? Noticed most your classes are in Canada.
A. Thank you for contacting me! New Salt Lake City workshops are on their way. Please contact me with your email to receive my quarterly newsletter, and you will be the first to know when SLC classes go on sale. I look forward to meeting you!
Art Supplies in Calgary: Where to Shop
Q. Where do you recommend shopping for art supplies in Calgary now that Cactus Arts is closed?
A. For years, Cactus Art Supply has been a key player in Calgary's vibrant art scene. I for one, will forever be grateful for the opportunities aligning myself with this art store/ art school brought to my development as an artist. Now that they have closed, many students have contacted me wondering where they should shop for their art supplies. Here are a few recommendations:
Swinton's Art Supply - This is where I teach many of my workshops. They offer a large selection of canvasses and paints, with an emphasis on Golden products. They also offer a cost-effective, student grade acrylic called Pebeo.
Mona Lisa - Friendly, knowledgeable staff. A fun place to explore and be inspired.
Kensington Art Supply - Get on their email list to be notified of periodic sales.
Inglewood Art Supplies - Bundle discounts on canvasses, and a large selection of Windsor Newton and Liquitex products. Please note that they have recently relocated.
Best of luck and happy painting!
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