DJ Geribo

Fine Artist

Art Tips

I will share painting techniques, tools, and tidbits that are useful for artists.

Fun with Yupo

Although Yupo is a 100% Polypropylene paper and not specifically a watercolor paper, it makes a fantastic watercolor surface. Adding water and paint to the surface, it allows you to paint loose, if you want, and remove anything you don't like. Or you can play on the paper again and again, trying different techniques and removing the paint to try something new, or just removing a small area if you want to add more detail. You can't make any mistakes with Yupo!

Be Gentle with Pastels

When working on pastels, pastel dust often builds up. Your inclination is to blow it away or whack the back of your painting to shake off the loose dust. But either of these remedies may just blow some of your painting away. Be gentle with pastels, use a slanted easel so the dust will fall while working, and then gently tap the back of the painting over a trash can or use an old dry paint brush to brush the pastel dust away from your painting.

Framing your Pastels

When framing pastels, having a professional do it is always the safest choice. Just make sure the framer is familiar with the dust of pastels. Some framers will not deal with pastels because the dust falls off while framing and can ruin your work of art, especially if you don't spray your pastels with fixative. If you choose to frame your own pastels, the key is to be extra careful when framing and don't lay the painting face down when putting on the backing. Instead stand the painting up and work on the back while someone holds the painting for you.

 

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2018 Holiday Shows

If you aren't signed up to receive my quarterly newsletter, you may not have seen the shows I am currently participating in during the Holiday season. So, here they are:

November 03 - Granite State Choral Society -
Holiday Show

9 - 3pm - Rochester Community Ctr, 150 Wakefield St., Rochester, NH

November 23, 24, 25 - Castle in the Clouds   Holiday Show
10 - 4:30pm - 455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough, NH

December 01 - Prospect Mountain High School - Holiday Show
9 - 2pm - 242 Suncook Valley Rd (Rte 28),  Alton, NH

 

All of these shows are free to the public. Come in and do your holiday shopping! Only 63 days until Christmas!!!! Yikes!! Stop by to say "Hi!" and purchase my latest book, or a mini original piece of artwork, or commission me to do an animal portrait. Don't wait until the last minute!