M. GRAHAM ARTIST OILS REVIEW

PROSPECTUS:_M. Graham Artists’ Oil Colors are made with a walnut oil binder, an alternative to traditional linseed oil that’s been preferred by artists for centuries. In fact, today it’s known that Renaissance masters such as Da Vinci and Durer generally favored walnut oil over linseed oil. Walnut oil provides rich, vibrant color that is naturally […]

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HOW OLD IS OLD?

The Real Nitty Gritty behind the Heritage Lore of Leading Paint Manufacturers. FACT OR FICTION? OLD HOLLAND 1664:_ In 1664 the members of the Guild of Saint Luke in The Hague set up the ‘Painters’ confraternity Pictura and the Academy of Fine Arts’  in The Hague. They start making their own paint. The beginnings of Old Holland._Owned […]

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HOLBEIN EXTRA-FINE ARTIST OILS REVIEW

PROSPECTUS:_Holbein ranks as one of the world’s finest lines of professional oil colors. The formulation of each color is modified individually to compensate for the inherent differences in the working characteristics of pigments. The result is an even consistency across the entire palette of color. Holbein maintains its quality standards by test inspection of pigment […]

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GAMBLIN ARTIST OILS REVIEW

Gamblin Artist’s Oils have luscious working properties, and each color possesses unique characteristics in terms of texture, undertone, and tinting strength. The range of colors includes both historically accurate paints and modern, synthetically derived hues. Most are made with alkali-refined linseed oil as a binder, which creates a strong, flexible paint film and yellows significantly […]

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Blockx Oil Paint Review

PROSPECTUS:_In the Blockx tradition, paint is still hand-ground using a slowly rotating three roll stone mill. Only pure pigment is used. All colors have a minimum lightfastness rating of 7 out of 8 on the blue wool scale, so the entire line can be considered perfectly lightfast.Iron oxides, earth pigments, and blacks are ground with […]

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BLICK ARTISTS OIL REVIEW

BLICK ARTIST OILS_PROSPECTUS_Every rich, vivid color is formulated using the finest genuine hand-ground pigments, combined with pure, first-press, non-yellowing safflower oil.* Thirty of the 60 colors in the line are made from a single pigment. Qualities of these extremely responsive oil paints include a high pigment load, a dense, buttery feel, and a luminous satin […]

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Heads, Faces, and Features MasterClasses

TSoFA is launching its Heads, Faces, and Features MasterClasses — instructed by Michael Mentler. He will do a demo and lecture at the beginning of each class for approximately one hour. After that, we will work from a live costumed model for the next three hours. It will be one pose for the entire class. […]

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Figure Drawing Master Classes

In this on-going series of Masterclasses, Michael will demonstrate procedures and methods used by the world’s greatest Masters for over six centuries. These procedures take you through the art of the start by capturing the figures’ contrapposto gestural rhythms. We will cover the proportions and landmarks that one needs to successfully draw the human form. […]

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What Would Leo Do When Placing His Easel

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‘When you draw from Nature, stand at a distance three times the height of the object you wish to draw.’ LDV’ What Leo advocates here is to place your easel so you can see the Whole subject and the working surface at the same time. For portraits or still-lifes, one’s easel would be relatively close […]

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THE PATH TO MASTERY

Mastery requires comprehending a multitude of ideas simultaneously. Since one’s conscious brain can only understand one thing at a time, this task becomes the province of one’s subconscious. For the Draughtsman, this means the establishment of a knowledge vault filled with a vast resource of material. At the core of this subconscious knowledge base resides […]

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