Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Favorite Art Materials...

As an artist, I'm constantly being asked about my favorite art-brands and materials. There are so many wonderful products on the market today that it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming just to search through the many stores, catalogs, and websites, to find what I need. I've found however that doing personal research -and ultimately testing the materials for myself- is just about the most beneficial method of making choices that I can feel good about where my art supplies are concerned. 
Another great way of getting started though is to find out what products other artists are using, and give them a try. So, here I've compiled an updated list of what I use to make my art...

 Please note: I'm not the final authority on the subject of art-materials by any means (nor am I endorsed by any of the companies mentioned here), and my own list has certainly evolved over the years. But, I wanted to share with you a little of what I know, in the hopes that you'll take it -and perhaps adopt parts that you need from it- and expand from there.
Due to the number of emails I receive daily, I'm no longer able to answer them individually. Please read through the list below and contact your local art supply store, or the companies mentioned, with questions regarding the materials listed.



Windsor & Newton

~Alizerin Crimson
~Cadmium Red
~Cadmium Yellow Pale
~Permanent Rose
~Terra Rosa
~Yellow Ocher Pale


~Cadmium Lemon
~Cadmium Yellow Deep
~Cadmium Orange
~Cobalt Blue Light
~Transparent Oxide Red
~Transparent Oxide Brown
~Ultramarine Blue Deep


~Cadmium Green Light


~King's Blue

Lefranc & Bourgeois 

~Titanium White

Other recommended brands:
Holbein, Gamblin, Old Holland


 I use canvas made by New Traditions Art Panels www.newtraditionsartpanels.com 
 L600 primed linen is very smooth and is available on birch or gatorfoam boards. It's also available by the roll.


My favorite brushes come from Rosemary & Co! www.rosemaryandco.com 

 I use the following series' in all available sizes:

 2025 "Chunking" bristle, long flats

"Ivory" filberts and flats.

"Mongoose" series' 272 (rounds [smaller sizes]), 275 (angular), 278 (filberts), 279 (flats)


I make my own medium using three ingredients and a ratio of 5-1-1: Rectified Turpentine (five parts), Stand Oil (one part), and Damar Varnish (one part). 
Mix all three ingredients in a lidded jar (using the 5-1-1 ratio), and use as needed to thin paints while painting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Artists on Art - Digital Magazine

Be sure and visit Artists-on-Art.com to subscribe to what I feel is the most insightful and innovative digital art magazine available on the web today. It features timely and well written articles by some of the best known artists and collectors in the country, including Casey Baugh, Susan Lyon with Scott Burdick, Daniel Sprick, Libby Whipple, Carolyn Anderson, and more! Also look for my article "NO RULES".

 From the Artists-on-Art website...

Master Artists & connoisseurs share their ideas and techniques through in-depth, interactive articles.
No fluff. No Ads. Just great articles with video, high resolution images, step-by-steps, and other interactivity.

 A preview of my article...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

June 2012 Workshops Announced!

Two Workshops: Two Opportunities to Paint in Cape Cod
With Daniel J. Keys

JUNE 12 - 13 & 14 - 15

Location: The Beach Rose Inn
17 Chase Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

Participants will have the option to choose one of the two-day workshops described below or to combine the two for a four-day workshop experience. See registration, pricing and accommodation information to follow.

Workshop I

"Capturing the Light of the Cape”
June 12 & 13 
A two-day plein air workshop, exploring the vast beauty of local gardens, inns, homes, and seascapes, and the ways with which to paint them accurately and artfully.
During each of the two workshop days, students will set up out-of-doors, at locations pre-selected by Daniel, and paint alongside him as he describes how he approaches the ever changing light and atmosphere of the Cape.
Topics covered in this workshop:
The basics of painting: Drawing, values, color temperature, edges.
Painting outdoor light: Dealing with constant change.
Composition: The importance of selecting and omitting.
Art philosophy.
Workshop II
The Art of Still Life”
June 14 & 15 

This workshop will take place inside a local artist’s studio and also span two full days. Each day, Daniel will demo for the class, and then instruct students throughout the day offering one-on-one critiques as they paint their own still-lifes using the “Alla Prima” method.
Topics covered in this workshop:
The basics of painting: Drawing, values, color temperature, edges.
Composition: Composing the still-life like music.
Art philosophy.
Rates & Workshop Packages...
For a 2 day participant not staying at The Beach Rose Inn
$250 includes lunch
$49 additional for 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner
$299 total
For a 2 day participant staying at The Beach Rose Inn (includes room, breakfast, lunch, and one dinner)
Single Occupancy: $675 plus room tax $38.80
Double Occupancy: $475 plus room tax $19.40
For a 4 day participant not staying at the Inn
$448 includes lunch
$98 additional for 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
$546 total
For a 4 day participant staying at the Inn (includes room, breakfast, lunch, and two dinners)
Single Occupancy: $1298 plus room tax $77.60
Double Occupancy: $898 plus room tax $38.80
Deposit amount: 30%, $100 nonrefundable. Nonrefundable full payment required 4 weeks prior to workshops.
The Beach Rose Inn is located on 1.4 garden-filled acres in West Falmouth, Cape Cod—just a mile from Buzzard Bay beaches, marshes, and cranberry bogs and 200 feet from the Shining Sea Bikeway. All Guest Rooms have private baths and feature upscale amenities.
For more information www.thebeachroseinn.com or 800-498-5706