Plaster is my super secret weapon of choice when it comes to texture building. In fact, it is so good and effective, that I have often been asked not to share this trade secret with my students (when I teach at some art stores), for fear that they would buy the plaster instead of the products at the art store.
I love textured paintings! Whether this is done by working with acrylic paint alone, the use of different application tools, mediums and/or incorporating mixed media elements, texture is a great way to experiment and create paintings that are uniquely personal. In the following blog post, I share my 2 favorite mediums for creating texture: Gel Medium & Modeling/Molding Paste.
Early in my career, I was met with conflicting advice from two of my favorite instructors concerning whether or not I should paint the sides of my canvas.
Learn how to get over the fear of the blank canvas. This article explores the benefits of toning including my 3-step process on how to do it.
In this blog post, I answer student questions regarding: Canvas stretching, donating artwork, & where to buy art supplies in Calgary and surrounding area.
Q. Hi Samantha... I met you briefly at Missa this year (I was in a clay course) and love your work & philosophy. I've started painting using this approach and am receiving such joy from it. I have a question about the rollers you use... Are they just basic hardware store paint rollers? It's hard to tell from the Youtube videos... which are awesome!
Students often ask me if I build my own canvasses. The answer is no. My first and last attempt to stretch a canvas was back in 2008. At that time, I decided that stretching my own canvasses was not a worthy investment for the following reasons:
Painting is so much more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle. So when I travel, I make sure that I spend at least some of my time doing what I love the most: Fearless Abstract Painting. In an effort to travel light, I decided to buy art supplies in Hawaii. Lesson learned: This decision turned out to cost a lot more than paying the excess baggage fee.
Your questions answered: How to use acrylics & rubbing alcohol, upcoming classes in Salt Lake City, and where to shop for art supplies in Calgary.
In order to convince my fearless abstract painting students that painting is a lot more fun when we give up control, I painted blindfolded (for the length of one song) during one of my classes.
The results? See for yourself!
Coming Soon: Fearless Abstract Painting Schedule 2016
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.