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Art Extravaganza!

Recently I went to Art Extravaganza, the annual art tools and technique trade show in Oregon City that’s put on by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. And I was glad I did!

I spend a lot of time alone in my studio and attending events like this both gets me out of my comfort zone and gives me a chance to meet new artists and learn about new techniques and tools. It was so exciting to see so many people there who support the arts in different ways— artists, teachers, students and more—and we got to test out, take home samples and buy new and favorite art supplies and tools.

I especially appreciated that these were real artists demonstrating how they actually use the things they’re talking about. And they were excited to show you how they do it. Including my art friends, Jeni Lee, Ruth Armitage, Carrie Moore, and Corrine Loomis Dietz. 

I wanted to share some glimpses at the event with you.

Jeni Lee  was demonstrating Golden acrylic fluid paints and mediums to get the effect she wants and here’s how she describes it:

“Through the use of fluid acrylic paint and acrylic mediums and grounds, I’ll be demonstrating how I use glazing and layering techniques to achieve depth, luminous color and subtle texture in my atmospheric abstract paintings. I’ll also be showing how I use water in my work to alter and manipulate the paint, including using the rain and recycled rainwater.”

Golden mediums.

This is the “Lazy Susan” Jeni uses to rotate her art. Brilliant!

Here are some of Jeni’s Rain Paintings. Aren’t they beautiful?
You can see her work at the Portland Open Studios this fall.

Carrie Moore, the owner of Studio on the Knoll and whose hospitality and work I wrote about last month, demonstrated how she uses paper clay. Here’s why she loves this medium:

“Paper clay is an extension of my work carving blocks in printmaking. Using this totally different material, I create 2 & 3 dimensional forms out of a thin layer of paper clay. This clay is extremely easy to work with, light and dries quickly. With a cellulose and plastic base, it hardens on any gesso surface and can be painted with acrylic paints. Great for the beginning to advanced artists.”

A representative from Art Graf demonstrated some of the company’s sketching tools, including the cool water-soluble black carbon disc, which I can’t wait to use at home.

Check it out in action here and see what a gorgeous black you get!

I loved meeting Matt Brundage, a comic book illustrator, who has worked for DC and Marvel.

He was working with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and drawing in India ink with a disposable pen, also made by Faber-Castell—the PITT artist pen.

Higgins Ink makes another India ink pen. I will definitely be getting one. Or should I get the PITT pen? Maybe I’ll just get both!

I am excited to know about more wonderful tools and techniques! I will keep you posted on what I create with them.

I think this was a very successful Artist’s Date… can’t wait for my next one.

 

Annie Salness Artist

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