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The time to make a painting and its cost – The erroneous equation

Are you one of those who were asked the following question: “How long did it take you to make this painting?” Or maybe it’s a question you have in mind when you look at my artworks. This question is often asked to artists. It’s a classic. Falsely, people who know little about the reality of the painter’s life believe it is possible to determine the “hourly rate” of the artist by dividing the selling price of a painting by the time it took to paint it. In fact, it is much more complex than that.

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The Wheel of Creativity: 6 Strategies to Bring it Back in Motion

Imagine a big wheel like those found at amusement parks. Makes the wheel rotate and what is at the top will move down. If there is enough energy, the wheel shall continue its course and what was at the bottom, will come back up to the top. Creativity follows a similar path. There are ups and downs. If the move is strong enough during the descent, the ascent is going to be easy, but if the energy is low, the course will stop at the bottom and will remain there until a strong thrust put the wheel back in motion.

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Next Exhibition: International Digital Art Miniprint Exhibition 11

I am pleased to announce that I am part of the fifty artists whose artworks were selected for the 11th edition of the International Digital Art Miniprint Exhibition to be held from November 5 to December 6, 2016, in Ottawa. This is an annual exhibition of digital prints by artists from all around the world. This year the theme is DADA art and was chosen by the curator Marie Hélène Giguère. An independent jury of peers will award three prizes and mentions.

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Other Experimental Oil Paintings on Translucent Dura-Lar

Today I show you photos from my oil and cold wax experimental paintings done on Dura-Lar’s matte polyester film. This is definitely a substrate that I like a lot but which also represents some challenges. One is to find the right glue to mount the paintings on wood. I have not yet decided on the way I will use to show the artworks from this series. I hesitate between the classic mat and frame combo or mounting the artwork on cradled wood panel. For cold wax and oil paintings on Dura-Lar, I could also choose to glue them on an acid-free hard board…

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Addition and Subtraction in Painting

The creation of a painting by addition and subtraction of paint is a technique that I like very much and the mixture of oil paint, alkyd gel medium and cold wax is particularly well suited to this approach. Even if a thin layer of this mixture dries quickly compared to the oil paint only, I still have about 24 hours before it is dry to the touch. Beyond this period, it is always possible to add a few drops of a mild solvent to manipulate the paint layer.

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Where Intuitive and Experimental Work Push Us

In intuitive and experimental painting, you never know in which way the creative impulse is going to push us or come out from it. This is what makes all the interest of this type of approach. I think the hardest part is to leave the judgment aside to fully live the creative process. Here, the path is more important than the destination.

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My Summer Favourite: Cold Wax and Oil Painting on Matte Dura-Lar

During the past two months, I continued my cold wax and oil painting experiments on matte Dura-Lar and I totally love it. The matte Dura-Lar is an acid-free polyester film (not transparent), with a beautiful frosted matte whitish translucent smooth surface. What I like about the matte Dura-Lar is its smooth surface that reminds me of the alabaster. It is a resistant film resistant to solvents, scraping, scrubbing and rough painting techniques. In addition, it is not necessary to prime it with gesso before to paint with oils. Finally, it does not warp. Wonderful!

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DIY Glass Palette for Oil Painting

When I started to paint in oil and cold wax, I discovered the pleasure of working with a glass palette. It is easy to clean, eco-friendly, long-lasting, it also allows free both hands and above all, it is quick, easy and inexpensively to make one by yourself. Here is a tutorial showing you how I made mine. Of course, this glass palette is too fragile if you like to paint outdoor or if you do not have the desk or a table top space to put it perfectly flat. If you do your own paint and enjoy grinding pigments by yourself, I suggest you rather look for a thicker glass palette made from unbreakable…

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