I'm often asked, 'what are water-mixable oils?, and 'why do I use them?'. I've been using these oils for 10 years. The solvents were causing headaches and the clean-up was labour intensive. My brand of preference is Lukas Berlin Water Soluble Oils. They are very buttery, and 'behave' like regular oils. The 'medium' has been added to the tube of paint. However, I cannot get the 200ml tubes in Canada. The 200ml tubes are only available through Jerry's Artarama in the U.S. (Apparently, they have a North American Monopoly!) When the dollar is favourable and the sales are on, I end up paying about $15.00/200ml tube. (This includes shipping and customs). Recently, because of cost, I've ventured into the realm of Windsor Newton -Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour. There has been a learning curve, but out of necessity I've come to accept this option. (Although, Lukas Berlin has a Cinnabar Green that I cannot be without!) Below is an explanation by Lori McNee as to the benefits of these paints that reflect my sentiments.Facts:
Why I use water-mixable oils.
Flying Colours-An artist's description of backyard birds through her poems and paintings.By Sarah Jane Conklin
In this charming artistic interpretation about birds, Sarah Jane invites us to re-discover backyard birds through her eyes. Her poems and paintings identify birds by colour and unique traits. Each bird has a dedicated full-page oil painting. Ten familiar birds are featured: Chickadee, Blue Jay, Robin Redbreast, Goldfinch, Hummingbird, Song Sparrow, Cardinal, Piping Plover, Nuthatch and Crow.
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Possible meanings and symbols of Bird Oil PaintingsPosted on March 10, 2015Among all the wildlife creatures that are commonly portrayed on any particular painting, birds are one of those animals that can easily capture the attention of viewers and painting enthusiasts. Since this particular animal has a fascinating body structure and very distinctive ability to fly and soar, it is not surprising if many would have the interest and are willing to spend an extra amount of money in order to grab their own animal bird paintings that will be hanged on the walls of their houses, offices and any type of establishments. But apart from its marvelous physical features, there are other factors that make animal bird paintings a suitable artistic product that anyone can invest in.
Known to symbolize freedom and hierarchy, paintings that have bird subjects easily emit this kind of expression or symbol which can give a very pleasant feeling towards any viewers. With the combination of a professional painter’s prowess and the use of oil paints to create such masterpiece, getting the attention of many people may not be as difficult as it may seem. In any given sense, owning animals birds oil paintings will certainly help you get positive feedbacks from your friends, family or business customers.
Apart from being a symbol of freedom and high status, birds are also known to be a messenger from the heavens according to Chinese Feng Shui. Because of this particular symbolism, many Chinese painters have devoted themselves in making animal bird oil paintings in order to show not only the importance of such specific subject to their arts but also to show the connection of such art to their beliefs and culture.
Since birds are classified into different variations, every variation holds different meanings and symbols that are normally tagged to different bird class. For instance, a Phoenix which is known as a mythical bird, symbolizes great strength, toughness, transformation and resilience. Having a bird painting with such specific subject present on the walls of your house may give an impression of toughness and greatness in the eyes of your visitors and friends. That kind of feature will surely be of good help if you are aiming to get positive comments and feedbacks from other persons.
With such different meanings behind bird portraits and paintings, it is not shocking to know if many would search for this particular art product. In order to have the upper hand in terms of finding and buying this particular painting, you can go and search in paintings gallery online store where a wide range of paintings are found. You only need to be patient on your search especially if you are determined to have your own bird paintings. With a positive attitude towards your research, you might get lucky to find animals’ birds’ oil painting for sale which are offered at less than normal prices and grab hold of such artistic products without a second thought.
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ABOUT ART: 'It feeds my soul'
Published on March 17, 2016
This painting by Sarah Jane Conklin is entitled To the Point. The artist says she paints because "it feeds my soul."
There's deep meaning and peace in artist's creativitySarah Jane Conklin is an artist originally from St. John's, NL, who lives in Fall River, N.S.
She is one of the sweetest and most talented artists one could ever meet. Conklin is featured in the book ‘From Land and Sea, Nova Scotia Contemporary Landscape Artists' by Truro author Dee Appleby (Nimbus publishing, 2009), and her paintings are full of vitality, much like her personality.
This artist creates motion and mystique through deliberate entanglements of brushstrokes, rich colour contrast, the chance effect of impasto, and the innate luminosity of oil paint. Each of her paintings exudes it's own energy and excitement.
How did you start making art?
Being creative has always been part of who I am. In the early 1990s, I was fortunate to be an ‘at-home' mother. In the evenings when my husband came home from work, I took the opportunity to take community art classes. I started out with drawing, then slowly made my way through all the mediums, watercolour, acrylic and oils. Now I've settled on water-soluble oils and it's part of my passion to discover something new about them everyday.
Why do you make art?
I paint because it feeds my soul. It's my happy place.
What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are an integral part of our society, from the houses we live in to the buildings we work in to the clothes we wear. How we each live our lives is a reflection of our own creativity. To stifle that, is to stifle individuality. Everything we touch that is manmade, has had creative input.
Which artist has inspired you the most?
Tom Thompson, Helen Galloway McNicoll and Jeanie Edmonds Hancock.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
I most enjoy doing waterscapes. Recently I've dabbled into little birds. I'm having fun with those!
What do you like about your work?
I like that viewers feel that they can imagine themselves in my paintings and can escape for a brief moment into my world.
What was your favourite or most inspirational place?
I love any place near water. I grew up next to a river in Newfoundland. I lived and currently live in places built around water. I'm drawn to it wherever I go.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
In my humble opinion, the most successful ‘paintings' come down to four elements which are line, shape, colour and value. They begin as strong abstracts. We are drawn to subject matters that excite us, but what usually draws us to a painting is the impact of ‘lights' and ‘darks' and how they are arranged on the canvass-the composition. Once that has sparked our attention, it's only then that we see the ‘image'.
Is there something you can't live without in your studio?
I could not paint without my mirror. I have a 4x6 foot mirror behind me that I refer to throughout the painting process. The mirror provides a sense of distance and perspective that I cannot get up close. I see elements more objectively.
Where do you sell your work?
Currently, I'm represented by the Teichert Gallery, Halifax (formerly Nova Scotia Art Sales and Rental) The Sweetest Little Gallery at the Wellington Bakery, in Wellington, and the Peter Lewis Gallery in St. John's, Newfoundland. My studio is always open to visitors by appointment.
Where else can we find you?
Facebook: Sarah Jane Conklin Fine Art
Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at www.trurodaily.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Never too Late', 30x40, oil. Sarah Jane Conklin by Slidely Slideshow
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