Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Art Hack #3 -- Acrylic Mediums

  What’s the Difference Among All Those Acrylic Mediums?
Walking down the medium aisle in your favorite art supply store or browsing through a catalogue at all those choices can get confusing so here’s a basic primer, on just a few of the mediums you might choose.  Mediums are used to thin the paint for glazing (creating transparent or translucent paint) Remember that every brand may be slightly different so buy a small bottle to see what suits your style the best.
Gloss Medium is shiny and dries clear. It may be thick or thin depending on the brand
Matte Medium is flat or dull and dries slightly less clear.  It too can be thick or thin.
Semi-gloss Medium is halfway between gloss and matte.
Heavy Body Mediums are thicker and may dry clear or slightly cloudy.
Gel Mediums are thicker and can be used to glue down collage as well as create Impasto or thick paint applications
Molding or Modeling Paste is a chalky super thick paste that can be sculpted but remains pliant after it dries -- for use in creating heavy texture.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Twenty-nine RFAA artists submitted fifty-eight paintings to our beautiful Azaleas and Friends Show.  As part of the Roswell Azalea Festival artists created wonderful variations on azaleas and other types of flowers as well.  At the reception, attendees voted for the best representation of azaleas and Barbara Heath took home the ribbon and the prize. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful food and wine provided by various members. One painting sold before the show even opened and we look forward to having lots of visitors admire the show before it closes on June 15th.  The Gallery at 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell, 30076 is open to visitors on Fridays from 10 - 1 and on Saturdays from 10 - 4.  Seven guests took home lovely live azaleas as door prizes, including Bonnie Watson (below left).