Usually, when we think of high quality fine art supply manufacturers we think of brands that are European and abroad such as Arches Paper, Holbien, and Sennelier. We forget that we have a leading oil painting brand right here in Portland, Oregon. Gamblin creates oil paints and all the oil mediums you could desire. Many oil painting artists have Linquin and/or Gamvar as staples in their painting supplies which are Gamblin brand oil mediums.
We love that they're a small company, committed to being kind and making the best colors and products so they don't waste any artist's precious time. We also love that they have many tips and techniques available on their website to help oil painting artists. Some of the topics include: cold wax medium, finding your happy medium, traveling with art materials, how to get paint out of brushes, how to store oil paintings, plus so much more. See all the topics at this link.
We have many oil painting art supplies at our discount art supply store. Make a no-contact, curbside pick-up order with us at this link.
Art That Inspires Artists Book: Like Being Taken on A One-on-One Museum Tour by Your Favorite Artists
We've been reading how much people miss going to museums to see art. We miss it too. Perhaps, this book will help during the time of COVID-19 because it's like having your favorite artist take you on a one-on-one, special, museum tour to their favorite works of art.
This book is called, "It Speaks to Me: Art That Inspires Artists". In it, 50 contemporary artists discuss artworks that inspire them from museums around the world. It includes: David Hockney on Edgar Degas, Shirin Neshat on Alice Neel, Marina Abramovic on Umberto Boccioni, Ai Weiwei on a Shang Dynasty jade, Nick Cave on Jasper Johns, Judy Chicago on Agnes Pelton, Luc Tuymans on van Eyck, and Gillian Wearing on Rembrandt to name a few.
After perusing it and filling your head and heart with so many creative ideas and possibilities, let us know if you need any art supplies. You can place a no-contact, curbside order at this link.
We love pencils here at the old "I've Been Framed" art supply store. There are so many to love; colored pencils, watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, conte pencils, Blackwing pencils, Dixon Ticondergoa yellow pencils and on and on. When we heard there is a book for pencil nerds like us, we thought we had to share it with all those artists out there who also share in our pencil fetish.
The book is called, "Pencils You Should Know". It's a tall narrow book to imitate a box of pencils and it shares the history of pencils such as why the first pencils were yellow. It's has great photos and fun anecdotes to feed that pencil nerd in all of us. You'll end up knowing more than you thought possible by the end of it.
If you need to fill your desire for pencils, look no further, we have plenty of pencil sets at this link.
How Artist "Benz & Chang" Uses Frisket & Monochromatic Watercolors to Create a Magical Vintage-Looking Painting
Guess what? That this is the 4th post in our "Oregon Artists Sharing Tips & Technique" series. We're happy to introduce to you artist, "Benz & Chang" who lives and works in South East Portland, Oregon and who uses monochromatic watercolors to create magical, vintage-looking paintings. He has had many experiences of spirits and hauntings since an early age which inspire the art he creates now days. His large collection of haunting and strange vintage photos also inspire his artwork. Today, he'll show us how he uses frisket and monochromatic colors to create a magical vintage-looking painting.
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Benz & Chang believe that the arts make the world a better place through shared experience and mutual understanding. The Benz & Chang paintings are “fake vintage photos” rendered with watercolor and/or walnut ink. They are dreamlike and figurative. Most of the paintings appear to be photos from the early 20th century, and they reward a second or third look with details that can be easy to miss. Figures appear with twins, crowns, wings, ghost limbs, halos, odd lights and shadows. Using this imagery, Benz and Chang explore transformative life experiences such as facing fear, making life-changing decisions, grieving losses, having mystical experiences, or confronting mortality.
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Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.