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Louise Lamirande, visual artist

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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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L’Annuelle des Arts 2016: An Art Exhibition Beginning Soon

You are invited to the art exhibition “L’Annuelle des Arts 2016” featuring works created by members of the Association Lavalloise Pour Les Arts Plastiques (ALPAP). This exhibition will take place from today at Le Centre d’art Sainte-Rose de Laval, Quebec. These two digital hybrid paintings shall be seen at the exhibit…

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Geometric Shapes in Movement

Here is another digital painting from my new series called “D’un souffle à l’autre.” (From a Breath to Another). As most of my digital paintings, it was created with the help of Corel Painter
Unlike my digital paintings of the last two years, this time my goal is not to play with effects of texture, but to explore geometric shapes and dynamic movements created by these shapes.

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Using Digital Technology in Traditional Painting

With all the apps for mobile devices and software available to draw, paint or editing photos which several are free, it is easier than ever for traditional painters to use these tools and integrate them into their creative process. There are artists who take digital photos of their paintings in the course of production and test, using software or app, various ways to make them evolve. That helps them to visualize what would look like their paintings with an additional glaze or if they add a contrasted color for example…

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Cold Wax and Oil Painting on TerraSkin Paper, Q&A

Is it possible to paint with cold wax medium and oil on TerraSkin paper? Do the paint layers risk cracking? Will it stick well to the smooth surface of the paper? What will be the feel of paint on TerraSkin with cold wax and oil? I had to find answers to those questions, and I did after a few experiments. Today, I share the answers with you.

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The Challenge of Spontaneous and Assertive Lines

Do you remember the last paintings I showed you which were made with cold wax and oil? Today, I present to you more paintings done using the same technique. As mentioned several times on the blog, I like to challenge myself when I paint, to deliberately go out of my comfort zone. My goal is to develop new skills and to overcome my creative limits. This time, I was challenged myself to incorporate spontaneous and assertive lines into my paintings. Here are photos of the result…

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