Thursday, August 21, 2014
Years ago the once esteemed art supplier, Daniel Smith in Seattle, started getting cute by offering themed color sets and goofy paints made from obscure minerals. Trying to be 'fresh' I`m sure. They were relentless in promoting these useless items in their catalogs and I always wondered who would buy them? Well, someone died and I came into possession of several tubes of these Daniel Smith 'exclusives'. Here are some of the names; Genuine Zoisite, Sedona Genuine, Undersea Green, Blue Apatite Genuine, and Duochrome Arctic Fire. As if painting isn`t difficult enough with normal color! But they were free so I`ve played with them and all of those hand ground from 'rare' minerals are simply muddy earth tones that granulate. I hope they weren`t expensive!
My new supplier is Cheap Joe in North Carolina. Good prices, simple website, no obnoxious promotions and fast delivery. I`m very pleased.
I admit my bias. Even though I use it, I have no interest in photography. Cameras make me crazy and the terminology pushes me over the edge. Every time I have to submit something with 300 dpi I spend 15 minutes with a Wikipedia explanation and still don`t understand. I wait for John to get home from work.
All that said, I run into interesting images with some frequency. Check out Cody Cobb`s photography. He`s also from the Northwest and he has the brave heart of a poet.
paintings for sale in my studio
Portland Open Studio Tour [Oct]