School Me Saturday: Experience RED

It’s time again for School Me Saturday, our informal art school of sorts, and today we’re learning all about Gamblin Artists’ Oil Color‘s range of red oil colors:

Along with black and white, red made up the palette of pre-historic times. The combination of iron and oxygen is not only responsible for the red that flows through us but also the red in the landscape – the latter of which exists on Gamblin palettes in the form of Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red and Indian Red.

“I chose Cadmium Red Light as our company color, after reading Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, which declares that yellow advances, blue recedes, green is at rest, and red vibrates in place. I saw Cadmium Red Light as vibrating with tremendous potential, which is what I hope our colors do for artists – to give them the potential to be their best with high energy.” — Robert Gamblin 

From valuable earth colors, to bright and opaque Cadmium Red Light, to the cool transparency of Quinacridone, Gamblin Reds vary greatly in terms of their chroma, temperature, opacity and transparency. Below are all of Gamblin’s reds mapped out in Color Space:

MINERAL REDS
Brown Pink (PR101, PR149), TRANSPARENT
Burnt Sienna (PBr7), SEMI-TRANSPARENT
Cadmium Red Light (PR108), OPAQUE
Cadmium Red Medium (PR108), OPAQUE
Cadmium Red Deep (PR108), OPAQUE
Indian Red (PR101), OPAQUE
Portland Warm Grey (PW6, PR101, PBk11), OPAQUE
Transparent Earth Red (PR101), TRANSPARENT
Venetian Red (PR101), OPAQUE

MODERN REDS
Alizarin Permanent (PR177), TRANSPARENT
Napthol Red (PR112), SEMI-TRANSPARENT
Napthol Scarlet (PR188), SEMI-TRANSPARENT
Perylene Red (PR149), TRANSPARENT
Quinacridone Magenta (PR122), TRANSPARENT
Quinacridone Red (PV19), TRANSPARENT
Radiant Magenta (PV19, PW6), OPAQUE
Radiant Red (PV149, PW6), OPAQUE
 
Michael RichDaybreak (detail), oil on paper, 30″ x 22″.
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Alizarin Permanent – closer to its namesake 

If we had to consolidate all of the feedback we’ve received over the years regarding Alizarin Permanent, it’s that painters miss the chroma of traditional Alizarin Crimson in tints and mixtures.

Gamblin Alizarin Permanent was a mixture of anthraquinone red (PR177) and a small amount of phthalo emerald (PG36) which was in the mix to deepen the mass tone of the color. It’s such a small amount and this pigment is so sensitive to the pressure of the mill, that we felt that AP was getting too dark, especially compared to traditional Alizarin Crimson. Alizarin Crimson has always been our target for the color of Alizarin Permanent.

So, we moved AP to a single pigment (PR177) formula. Not only does this make it closer to the masstone and transparency of Alizarin Crimson, but it is higher in chroma in tints and mixtures. If you want to match the darker formula, add a very small amount of either Chromatic Black or Phthalo Emerald. 

Art Jobs: Gallery Associate at SPRÜTH MAGERS

SPRÜTH MAGERS is looking to hire a Gallery Associate:

The Gallery Associate provides support to all members of the gallery staff, primarily to the Directors of the Gallery, while seated at the front desk. 

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic team member who is keen to learn and to commit to working intimately with a small dynamic team. Excellent oral and written communication skills, detail-oriented and capable of prioritizing and executing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Mature, reliable, punctual, and a positive attitude with great interpersonal skills. 

This position requires the applicant to be interested in developing a career in sales and will be required to offer sales support in addition to the general administrative duties of the gallery. This will involve helping to generate sales offers, artwork portfolios, sales emails for exhibition and artfair previews, and any other sales requirements from the Directorial team.

Requirements

Education: Degree in Art History with a focus on twentieth century to contemporary art, preferred. Computer Skills: MS Office Suite, Filemaker inventory systems, Photo-shop.

Experience: 2 years of experience in a gallery, preferred. 

Required: Must be available for gallery installations, openings, and other events as needed, which may take place over weekends or fall outside normal gallery hours.

Responsibilities

  • Greets visitors, acknowledges and recognizes clients, press, curators, artists; 
  • Shares knowledge of the gallery with visitors, including its programs and artists; 
  • Manage all client calls and visits, informing Sales Directors of arrivals into Gallery, maintain and manage gallery attendance list and sign in books.
  • Open and ensures gallery is exhibition ready;
  • Handles all supply orders;
  • Oversee and help field IT questions and issues with external IT provider;
  • Update contacts in database coordinating with team in Europe;
  • Manages flow of visitors during exhibitions, and maintains group tour calendar; 
  • Available for all gallery special events: check-in guests etc; 
  • Create and maintain exhibition and back of house checklists;
  • Manages inventory of gallery publications and orders new books when necessary and manage Gallery library;
  • Update and manage Events calendar and gallery schedule;

How to Apply

Please send CV and a cover letter to applications@spruethmagers.com

Introducing: Shantell Martin and Krink K-51 Permanent Ink Markers

Shantell Martin (@shantell_martin) is an artist based in NY. Her go-to Krink marker to create fluid, bold lines is the K-51 Permanent Ink Marker. This year Martin was invited to create an immersive, site specific installation in Lincoln Center for the seventh edition of the New York City Ballet’s Art Series. The Art Series was built on the NYCB’s history of collaborating with emerging and established artists and continues to intersect performing and visual arts.

Here’s Martin using the K-51 Permanent Ink Marker in her installation and performance.

NYCB x Shantell Martin. Photo by Roy Rochlin.
NYCB x Shantell Martin.
NYCB x Shantell Martin. Photo by Roy Rochlin.

The K-51‘s Super Black alcohol-based ink is permanent and opaque, and works well on almost everything. Excellent for use on paper, cardboard, metal, and painted surfaces. With a 30ml capacity and a 15mm block nib, best results are achieved on smooth surfaces. A great marker for larger drawing, making signs, and calligraphy.

K-51 Close up.
Krink K-51 Permanent Ink Marker

Credits

Shantell Martin (@shantell_martin)

New York City Ballet (@nycballet)

Roy Rochlin (@royrochlin)

The Other Art Fair DTLA, March 28-31 at The Reef

The Other Art Fair is back in DTLA this March 28-31 for an third edition at Magic Box at The Reef. While it may seem like there’s yet another art fair every month, tamp down your cynicism, we’re only three months into 2019 (hello, it’s only March), this is a good thing. With pieces starting from just $150 this art fair could be the most “accessible”. They’ll have the on-trend immersive world thing, including a series of eco-friendly initiatives produced by Head of Collections at Soho House, hand poke tattoos, artwork by Guest Artist Mister Cartoon and Shepard Fairey, performance art, Ace Hotel DJ sets, and food & drink pop-ups, so maybe check it out.

Presented by the world’s leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases work by 140 talented independent artists with artworks starting from $150, each hand picked by a Selection Committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience.

Click here to get your tickets to The Other Art Fair and use code LAWEEKLY to gain complimentary entrance tickets for you, your friends and family.

Her Art Here Contest

Her Art Here: Enter for the chance to design and paint a United plane.

Enter for the chance to design and paint a United plane! United Airlines wants to put women’s art in the sky, for the whole country to look up to. While 51 percent of today’s artists are women, less than 13 percent of art on display in museums is by female artists. This huge disparity in representation led them to commit to carrying Her Art Here on two massive, traveling canvases — Boeing 757s.

The contest runs from February 26 – March 24, 2019 after which submissions will be narrowed down by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

  • 1. Relevancy: 
    How relevant is the design to United’s mission of connecting people and uniting the world and to the applicable region, New York/New Jersey or California?
  • 2. Brand alignment 
  • 3. Creativity and ingenuity 
  • Contest timeline
    • From March 25 – April 9, 2019 the panel of judges will select six finalists (3 for each region)
    • The public will vote on the winner April 10-19, 2019
    • In May the winner for each region will be announced (Date TBD)
    • Starting in June, gallery events will take place and artwork will go up in United ClubSM locations and United Polaris® lounges.
    • This fall, the Boeing 757s will be painted and revealed, officially joining the United fleet

To enter, you must identify as a woman, whether that’s cisgender, transgender, woman-aligned or non-binary, and reside in the U.S. While you don’t have to currently live in California or the New York area, they’re looking for artists who can visually represent, in their style, their shared purpose and values, mission, and what each region means to them. 

Q: How do they enter? 

To enter, visit https://hub.united.com/her-art-here-submission and submit your plane design idea, examples of your work portfolio and short video by March 24, 2019.

Q: What do the winners get? 

Each of the six finalists (three for California and three for New York/New Jersey) will receive their own open gallery show, 100,000 United MileagePlus® award miles, will have their artwork on display in United ClubSM locations and United Polaris® lounges and featured on our social and digital channels. Two winners, one representing each region, will be chosen by public vote from the group of finalists and work with renowned artist Shantell Martin to finalize their designs for their respective region’s aircraft.

Women Paint L.A. – A Discussion Among Women Muralists

Check out the latest NHMLA Talks, Women Paint L.A., on Friday, March 22 from 6-9 p.m. This FREE discussion explores how women muralists shape the cultural production of the city while paving the way for more unique stories, perspectives, and discussions. Join muralists Barbara Carrasco, Noni Olabisi, and Kristy Sandoval for a conversation with historian Denise Sandoval as they talk candidly about their work in L.A.⁣ 

Women Paint L.A. – A Discussion Among Women Muralists at NHMLA March 22 6-9pm

March 22, 2019 |  6-9 PM

Murals have the power to stop people in their tracks, immortalize a location, and command attention. They not only adorn public spaces, but have the ability to communicate important messages on a larger platform. In Los Angeles, women muralists create work that reflects their lives, lived experiences, and also the diversity of their audiences. This discussion explores how women artists shape the cultural production of the city while paving the way for more unique stories, perspectives, and discussions. Join muralists Barbara CarrascoNoni Olabisi, and Kristy Sandoval for a conversation with historian Denise Sandoval as they talk candidly about their work in L.A.

SCHEDULE

6 PM: Doors open, explore Becoming Los Angeles and Sin Censura exhibitions 

7 PM: Discussion begins followed by Q&A 

9 PM: Program concludes 

COST 

FREE with RSVP

LOCATION

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Introducing Jansen Chow, Watercolor Artist

We are delighted to introduce DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Artist, Jansen Chow! Jansen will take us step-by-step through his process for making a watercolor portrait. All Daniel Smith Watercolors, Sets, and Grounds are on sale for 40% off during the month of March – so now is the perfect time to test out some colors, treat yourself to that set you’ve been eyeing, and/or experiment with new techniques!

To demonstrate the DANIEL SMITH watercolor paints and my appreciation and understanding of their characteristics, I have used my favourite 18 colors from the DANIEL SMITH Watercolour collection [see Jansen’s Dot Card colors and list further below] to complete this painting. The title of this artwork is “Tinkus dancer at the Oruro Carnival”. This painting was completed to participate in an International Exhibition organized by the Bolivia Watercolor Society. I chose a colour theme that can represent the National colors of Bolivia.

Jansen Chow’s DANIEL SMITH Artist Dot Card with Watercolor tubes with “Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Canival” painting

Today, I will share my creative process of how I created this painting in 6 simple steps:

Step 1. Drawing or sketch for Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival

Step 1 : Drawing / Sketching

I have a lot of ways to start my paintings. Sometimes I like to use a pencil to sketch out the details, other times I start with just a general pencil sketch, and occasionally I paint directly with a brush. I wanted this painting to appear more realistic, so I drew the face very carefully with pencil, but only a few strokes for the background as I wanted it to have a more carefree simple background.  

Step 2. Mixing the colors directly on the paper for Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival

Step 2: Mixing the colors directly on the paper

I personally do not like to mix the colors too much on the color palette but prefer to mix the colors directly on the paper.  I first freely applied the DANIEL SMITH paint from my palette directly on the paper to add color to the face of the character and the hat with the colorful feathers, with a combination of thick and thin colour application. 

Step 3. Completing the main subject for Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival

Step 3: Completing the main subject 

My usual technique is to leave the highlights of the main subject white, to capture the reflecting light rays. I then slowly painted the important portions of the main subject and applied more details to about 80% of completion of my artwork.  Often artists will focus on completing the main subject to about 100%, but for me, I usually focus on completing it up to 70-80% of the whole artwork, so that there is room to add in more colors and strokes as the overall work is nearing 100% completion.

Step 4. Application of the background for Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival

Step 4: Application of the background

I used a single color, Payne’s Gray, to color the background in an easy and free way with the brush and water spray technique. The grey background contrasts sharply with the main subjects’ vibrant and fresh colors! During this process, I pay attention to the space treatment and try to complete the background in an interesting manner during the application of colors by keeping some white spaces.

Step 5. Gradients of the background for Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival

Step 5: Gradients of the background

I gradually added my favorite 18 colors both carefully and freely through lighter brush strokes. The usage of brushes at this stage is very important! You must use a softer brushstroke with the right pressure and direction to show greater space contrast between the background and the main subject.

Step 6. “Tinkus Dancer at the Oruro Carnival” by Jansen Chow.

Step 6: The Finish 

In addition to the strong light illuminating the part of the main body through the white space left earlier, I used watercolor brushes of different sizes and design to apply all the colors on my palette with different strokes, from treating the light to dark areas, to applying bright to dark colors for the details and background of the main subject. Upon completion, you will see that this piece has a strong sense of music surrounding the main subject, because of the colors chosen and the brush strokes applied. The overall feeling of this painting is warm and happy! This really achieves the emotion that I want to express through this painting – that the world is beautiful!

I am very honored and happy to be able to share with you the creative process of my work. I hope you liked it. Thank you!

–Jansen Chow
Jansen Chow in front of his watercolor painting of Machu Picchu

I have always liked painting this beautiful and colorful world with rich texture and colors, and DANIEL SMITH paints make it very easy for me to achieve that effect in my artwork. For me, DANIEL SMITH Watercolors are beautifully made, colorful and offer lots of choices. Most importantly, unlike other brands of paint, the richness and vibrancy of the colours assist me in capturing the beauty I see in this world and express that in my paintings. 

My 18 Favourite DANIEL SMITH Watercolors on my Dot Card and used in this step by step article

Lemon Yellow

Indian Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue

Permanent Red Deep

Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Orange

Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Viridian

Permanent Green

Cobalt Teal Blue

Cobalt Violet Deep

Cobalt Violet

Payne’s Gray

Indian Red

Yellow Ochre

Opera Pink

Indigo

Jansen Chow is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and National Watercolor Society (NWS).  He won an art scholarship and studied in The Art Students League of New York, New York from 1994-1996, and he was a student of Mario Cooper, a great American Watercolor Master.  Jansen has held 18 solo art exhibitions and took part in more than 350 National and International watercolor exhibitions since 1992. He has won more than 60 National and International awards in watercolor, oil, etching and photography since 1988, including receiving 1st place 9 times in watercolor competitions in USA, Canada, Turkey and Malaysia. Recently he was the IWS Malaysia Country Head, FabrianoInAcqurello Malaysia Country Leader, and the curator of “1st Malaysia International Watercolor Biennale 2018”. 

Jansen Chow lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

QoR MINI Watercolor Set: Compact Color for artists on the move

MINI Watercolor Set by QoR fits 12 half pan watercolors in a tin smaller than an index card. It fits perfectly in pocket or purse for urban sketching and plein air painting and is on sale for 40% off!!!

The deep, rich, beautiful color of QoR Modern Watercolors with its exclusive Aquazol binder provides more pigment in every brushstroke, while retaining the best qualities of traditional watercolors. Strength, versatility, and now convenience and mobility are part of the Qor Story – and at 40% off list price! Get this set for $69.99 (list price $99.99) while supplies last!  

Features include:

  • Stamped wells on tin lid offer convenient mixing space
  • Innovative non-staining silicone insert with embossed letters next to each pan
  • Standard size removable/refillable half pans; and
  • Watercolor paper insert to paint out a color reference key

Vibrant, clean mixing primary colors along with convenient secondary and earth colors includes: Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Nickel Azo Yellow, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red Medium, Quinacridone Magenta, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Sap Green, Payne’s Gray, Transparent Brown Oxide, and Burnt Umber

Super Simple Habit Tracker

The founder of Bullet Journal made this tutorial video on how to create a simple habit tracker. Whether or not you Bullet Journal (we do, and we’ve never been so damn organized!), you can use it to create good habits, or break bad ones, by correlating your experience with your performance.