Saturday, January 26, 2013

Q & A Weekend

Any questions?

And a hint - don't forget to check my FAQ page and past posts on Q&A's.

Time to get into my pj's - we'll resume next weekend.  
Thanks to all ~

15 comments:

Kristen said...

Karin -

What do you enjoy about square compositions? Is the challenge different than composing within a rectangular space?

Karin Jurick said...

I have never been able to put it into sensible words why I love square formats - only that if I work with a photo and format it to a rectangle, it's usually comfortable and fits everything in. But when I take that same image and format to a square, it often forces me to think out the cropping and I usually end up with a more interesting composition.

Carolina Elizabeth said...

Thank you. This is a wonderfully candid list of facts that you have so generously shared with all of us. I much appreciate it. Have a lovely day. Carolina Elizabeth

Tessera said...

Do the people in your museum paintings know what you are going to do? (I.e. you taking photos of them)

Steven said...

I'm lovin' your new blog. What are the chances you'll do a demo of your portraits? Do you measure a lot? I find achieving a likeness very challenging.

Karin Jurick said...

Tessera - I try to be very quick and discreet when I photograph people anywhere. Whether or not people realize I'm including them in a photo, I don't know, but most folks are unaware of what's happening around them wherever they are.

Steven - I surely will include a work in progress of a portrait sometime in the future. I can't say I measure with a ruler, but I do pay close attention to angles and relationships of features. If I were doing a commissioned portrait, I'd probably get a bit more precise with a face. I agree, a likeness is a big challenge always. It takes practice.

Sharon Rose Smith said...

Hello Karin, Your art speaks very well for itself and I do believe that it would have been discovered buried under a rock. That said, other than high quality work, do you have any other advice on building a following?

Karin Jurick said...

Gulp... I'd say if it weren't for the internet, I'd still be under a rock. I humbly say just work at painting with all your might and be pleasantly surprised when people notice. I think some are impatient with the time it takes and try too hard to 'get their name out there' by all means. There are no short-cuts that I'm aware of. Just patience and hard work.

And thank you for those kind words Sharon.

Cat Pope said...

Karin,

How long does your linseed oil+paint stay wet on your palette? I've heard storing it in the freezer can extend the life of your mixed colors. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Cat

Karin Jurick said...

I've heard the same thing Cat - I cover my pizza pan with another pizza pan. It's workable for about 5 days with an exception to some colors that harden sooner. I have friends who put their palettes in the freezer and they swear by it.

helengarealestateblog said...

Karen, which easel do you use most when you paint? Is there a waiting list for the easels? Also, have you used any of the oils that are mixable with water? I have problems with solvents in classroom situations, any suggestions? (Breathing problems) I am trying the Grumbacher Max paints..but would prefer to use regular oils...thanks Flynn

Karin Jurick said...

Flynn - I use my tabletop easel most often, I like to sit and paint. Brett is starting a new batch of both easels this week, best to email me to notify you directly when new ones are built. As of today, no waiting list.

I tried the white water soluble oil once and hated the feel of it. And honestly, I have no info on what's best to use if one has troubles/allergies with oils. There has got to be more about it online.

I use refined linseed oil as a medium and Gamsol as a cleaner. Both odorless and never have given me a problem. Good luck researching that.

Susan Williamson said...

Do you use anything in your studio to minimize toxic fumes? I'm just starting out with oils and the warnings on the can of Turpenoid are ominous.

Karin Jurick said...

I have windows and a door open at all times, even in the winter. I'd google that, perhaps there's a filter of sorts. I use Gamsol which I believe is fairly safe as most of Gamblins products. Check their website, might be an alternative.

Karin Jurick said...

Michael asks 'Have you considered larger formats i.e. 48x60 and if not why?'

I have several reasons why I paint smaller formats -
- I'd rather work with wet paint in one sitting.
- What I love to paint is best, I think, in a smaller, intimate scale.