Our originally scheduled demonstrator for October 10 meeting was Deb Friedman, color pencil artist. Since the association did not have access to power point equipment, we were unable to accommodate Ms. Friedman’s power point based presentation.
Mrs. Weineck provided numerous tips including diluting the oil paint with thinner. This helps it to dry faster and can also create interesting effects as the paint runs and blends. However, we were reminded that the more thinner we use, the runnier –and therefore messier – the paint can become. This technique could create wonderful results…or it can go horribly wrong!
Kim finished her oil underpainting in time for intermission, allowing members to come up close to view and discuss. After the break, Kim continued with pastel sticks on a “pre-baked” oil underpainting she had prepared ahead of time in order to have a dry base for the pastels. Kim provided numerous helpful tips as she worked the various colors onto the painting in small, slashing, or broad strokes:
*Using an alcohol based fixative helps keep the pastels from “dusting” or flaking
*While any alcohol will work, including vodka and gin, don’t waste “the good stuff” on fixative.
*Always test said fixative on scrap paper, not the work in progress, to see how it affects the color and consistency of the pastels.
A sincere thanks to Kim Weineck for her amusing, clever, and informative demonstration. Her last minute save turned into quite a delight for us. It is easy to see why her classes and art have such a loyal following!
(Thanks to Meredith Whalen for this article.)