Some colleges and high schools are now teaching airbrush. You can’t teach it per se, but you have to get used to it. Practice! I suggest watercolors first. You can take a dab of paint and put it on a palette and it comes to life even after it dries out. It’s a great way to start without the frustration of the airbrush clogging.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
My in laws, Margaret and Arnold, are dairy farmers. With my first cow piece I did, I always included the poem:
Margaret and Arnold are my in-laws you see
They own a dairy farm south of me
Where time is measured by what’s left to do
To provide a bounty for me and you
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Take classes in school in disciplines you may not like or are interested in. It allows you to experience things in school instead of having to buy a bunch of equipment later. I took my 4 to 5 years of college like most normal people, but a friend and I would continue to take 1 credit classes to be able to use the facilities. We were there in the evening enjoying it. I learned you’ll never make a living at it if you don’t enjoy it. Even if you’re good at it, but consider it a job, you’ll never make a living at it.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I would like to do more bronzes. Being in the upper Midwest, there’s not much of a market for them. It’s a nice escape from the painting end.
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It’s an ongoing thing! You’ll always struggle with composition. I used to finish a part before I moved to the next part. I’ve found that if you finish one part and move on to the next, it’s harder to change the entire image. I now work on the whole painting at the same time. I don’t finish anything until I know I like what I see. My wife is a big part in what I do. I’ll call her in to get her opinion. If she gives me the same idea that I’m thinking is a problem, then I usually know I have to change it. I’ll say that too for anyone looking at art. Somebody may not be able to paint something, but they can tell you when something is wrong.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
As little as 2 weeks for the more popular sizes (10” x 24”) and the major pieces (24” x 36”) take 2 months.
Picture credit: "Little Dogies", airbrush on canvas
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sometimes I paint what I want and sometimes it’s something the public or publisher wants. I don’t’ do commission work. Sometimes if I’ve had an experience lately with something or even if it’s been 30 years, but it’s been on my mind, I‘ll do it.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Congratulations to Carla Christina Contreras, Cow Art and More greeting card photography artist, who has a part in tonight's episode of Army Wives. The show airs at 10 PM EST/PST on Lifetime television. Carla will be playing the part of a store clerk.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I was in the service for 3 years on the GI bill. When I got back, I went to college for fine arts. My roommate asked me if I wanted an airbrush to try while he was going to get one for himself. Most people my age can remember “Vargas”, and airbrush artist who always did work with a nice gradation of color. I started using an airbrush in 1969. I began with a combination of airbrush and hand brush and practiced to be all airbrush. The company I purchased my airbrush from commissioned me back in the 1970’s to do a piece for them. This was only the second time they had commissioned a piece. The first time was from Vargas himself!
Picture credit: "More Milk Please", airbrush on canvas
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Nature! At one time I wanted to be involved with natural resources, but it involved too much math. Being an artist was my second choice. I’m outside with nature all the time.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I use freehand airbrush. The way I do it compared with other people is that others combine it with a hand brush. I use the airbrush freehand. I don’t use any masking, taping or hand brushing. Everything is freehand. Hard brushes or stencils can give a hard edge. I’m only a ¼ inch away from the board at all times with my airbrush. Everything you see on that painting is airbrushed.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I was 10 or 11 years old and painting on a piece of plywood. I didn’t have brushes so I used a 16 penny nail instead. The painting had a religious theme and it hung over my mom’s washing machine.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I enjoy it and find I need to do it to maintain sanity.
Picture credit: "Got Beef", airbrush on canvas
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Upper left side of the page, just to the right of the title:
"Life's Lemons," 24" x 20" collage with hand painted and hand stained collage papers on wood panel
Right hand side of the picture:
"Mom's Best Key Lime Pie"
24" x 24"
Collage of handpainted papers on panel
The collage is currently on exhibit and available for purchase from the COMMA gallery in Orlando, Florida.
Click here to see Elizabeth's mixed media cow art on Cow Art and More.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Jerry's art will have free shipping all month on Cow Art and More.
His complete line of work will be on the Cow Art and More specials page for July.