Robert Brown Art - Award Winning Illustrator,
Fine Artist and Painting Instructor
Oil painting has been considered the standard medium since the renaissance era and before. With the advent of acrylics in the 1950's we now have a better and safer option. Many people have reactions to oil mediums, thus acrylic is the solution. Acrylic dilutes and cleans up with simple water and it also may outlast oil. An artist's expression can never be replaced.NOW, LET's TAKE THINGS A BIT FURTHER..
Paint brushes are an integral part of the painting process, however contrary to popular belief they do not have to be expensive. I have found that as long as you clean your brushes properly you can make an inexpensive brush last equally as long as the more costly alternatives. The cleaning solvent is as unique as everything else that I do. Learn the secrets. I have a lot to share.
The beginning of any painting requires a reference source, whether it be a photograph or plein air. I prefer working from photos because I like to focus on the path of light and the shadows it creates. Pictured, is a close up of my desk top showing my black and white reference and my digital source, which happens to be my iPad. I do my own photography and shoot approximately seventy five images before making one photo determination. I rarely use Photoshop to enhance my images.
Unlike a conventional oil painting palette, my acrylic palette is custom-made to suit my technique. The palette consists of condiment cups which fit perfectly inside a standard muffin tray. Thirty five percent pigment is used in relationship to sixty five percent water. This process allows me to paint with a more affordable budget.
Your point of view is your personal fingerprint. It's unique. You are the artist!
Observation is visual. You need to visualize your environment quite carefully.
Now that you have your idea, you must find all of the resources needed to lay out your design.
After you have done your drawing on whatever surface you are using, it is now time to create your color palette.
I can help you to think and become a better artist!
An artist's library is an essential reference source for inspiration and content. These are some of my favorite books.
Ready to Frame
Traditional framing has been the norm, but now we must show our work online and frame our paintings digitally.
Searching is probably the most enjoyable aspect of my work. Thrift stores & antique shops are my hunting grounds.
Where the magic begins..