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New Exhibition

Tue Apr 22, 2008, 9:12 AM
Next weekend will be the opening night of my latest exhibition! I'm very excited about it as it is the largest collection of my paintings that I have ever shown. Anyone who finds themselves in the neighborhood of Amsterdam is most welcome to come and see it. I will be there from 18.00 to 19.00; I will also be celebrating my birthday that night!

Sunday April 27th 2008
Gallerie Buuf
1e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 36
1015 NR Amsterdam


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happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy
At a time when my life was feeling so dark... it is hard to tell you how happy it made me to see a ray of light in the form of a DD.

Thank you for your comments and thank you to everyone who watches and favs my work. I am ever grateful for your support.
So i sold my soul to make some cash to live on, and it turned round and bit me on the a**. it will serve me right to try to make art for picky opinionated customers who leave no room for my own artistic interpretation. What's the point in hiring an artist if you want a robot? they might as well have bought a photo printed on canvas. it would have saved me and them a lot of time, energy and wasted money. So they ended the contract, leaving me financially in the red. I admit i made some mistakes with this one, it's been hard to give an estimate for such a large piece of work, and i thought i could do it a lot faster than it turned out to take. and if i were them i might have done the same thing, but it still hurts when people call you unprofessional and accuse you of ripping them off... when in actual fact my quote was way way WWAAAAYYY too low in the beginning (and i never asked them to pay me more for what i thought we had agreed on) i guess i just got to put it down to experience and learn lessons from all our mistakes. But right now I'm fuming inside and need to rant.

Life sucks at the moment and it aint just the failed job, the other stuff is far worse and too personal to share with you. At least now i am free from the nightmare job and can go back to making things that i want to. i don't know if i'll be able to paint for a while tho, the stuff they said... it rings in my ears when i pick up a brush, and with everything else in my life right now i... i can't cope with it.

But i wanted to say to everyone who is trying to set a quote for a piece of work, especially if it's in a new area or a much larger project than you are used to... overestimate everything! including time, money and materials (you can always bring the price down again later)! that way you won't disappoint your customer, and you will scare away people who can't really afford your work. because working for someone who is on a tight budget is a nightmare and rarely works out to your benifit. of course if you have done it all a million times before you already know how to price your work and this little rant is of no help to you. but thank you for listening, i really needed to get it off my chest.
:bulletblue: General good practice for anyone who wants to paint in oils…</b>
    1. Good equipment – Save up or splash out on a couple of decent brushes and a few good quality paints (suggested colours below) you can expand slowly, you don't need to be rich to start painting. 2. A good cleaning regime – Keep your brushes and pallet clean, no point ruining your good brushes by leaving them covered in paint or festering in the jar of turpentine.  Clean them as soon as you are done for the day with warm water and soap until the water runs clear, leave them to dry naturally.   If you want a quick and easy way to keep your pallet clean Leebea suggested to me “I wrap the pallet in foil and then mix my oils on the foil, then when I'm done rip it off and throw It away.  The pallet always stays clean.”  I think it’s a great tip. 3. The book: The Artists Handbook by Ray Smith will take you through everything you wanted to ask about oil painting and more.  I find it an invaluable reference. 4. Life drawing skills are very important for anyone wishing to paint ‘realistically’! I cannot stress enough how much this will improve your ability to paint and draw with accuracy.  Take a life drawing class as often as you can to keep improving your skills.



:bulletblue: Your pallet</b>


The pallet you use is as personal as a fingerprint, will develop as you do and also depends on what you like to paint.  But if you wish to paint figuratively, and have no idea what colours to choose a good starting point would be to buy:

      :bulletblue: Titanium white :bulletblue: Lemon yellow :bulletblue: Scarlet lake :bulletblue: Burnt sienna :bulletblue: Burnt umber :bulletblue: Paynes grey :bulletblue: Thalocyanide green :bulletblue: Raw Sienna :bulletblue: Cadmium yellow deep :bulletblue: Flesh tint


These colours are ones I use in my paintings that have skin tones.  I avoid buying black because it is such a flat colour.  You can create much better dark tones from mixing or glazing two opposing colours, for example a rich blue and a dark brown.



:bulletblue: Buying paint


On a tube of paint you will see the name of the colour written, if it has the word ‘hue’ at the end this means it is an artificial pigment, and the colour will not go as ‘far’ as a natural one.

I will try to explain; think of the strength of colour in a pigment like the strength of taste in a hot chilli.  Some hot chilli’s are tiny, only a couple of cm long and yet the tiniest bit of this chilli in a meal will make the whole thing very, very hot to taste.  The flavour goes a long way with a small amount.  In the same way, pigments in oil paint have many different strengths.  Blue pigment, for example is very easy to find in nature, making it cheap for paint companies to use, therefore even student-grade oil paints have natural blue pigment in.  A tiny dot of this blue mixed with other oils will go a long way, But other colours, like some reds are much harder to find in nature, so the oil paint companies make an artificial pigment called a ‘hue’ they put this ‘hue’ in their cheaper paints.  A 'hue' is not strong at all so you have to use a lot of it to get a good strong colour on your canvas.  

When buying paints you will find them priced according to their ‘series’, paints range over 5 or 6 series depending on the brand.  The cheap series 1-2 paints will have many more hues in than the expensive ones.  Don’t go buying all grade 5-6 paints, that’s a waste of money, but I do recommend you buy one or two of the more expensive paints, colours you use a lot or perhaps that are important to a particular painting you are working on.  It's amazing the difference it can make to your work.



NB There are many different ways of painting in Oils, this is my way and my way is mostly traditional.  This advice is not set in stone; in fact I encourage any artist - however well established - to regularly experiment with new ways of working.  I write this article so that I can help those who are confused by oils or by painting figures, and it is also for people who want to know how another artist works.


If anyone has questions relating to oil painting, please note me and I will try to include the answer it in one of my articles.

Advice for Painters Part III

Thu Jan 11, 2007, 4:04 AM
For previous info on this subject please read
:bulletblue:Advice for Painters part I and II</acronym> - Painting essentials, your pallet and painting meduims.

Advice for painters Part III</u>

:bulletblue: Transparent and Opaque Paints

Transparent = so sheer as to permit light to pass through. Stained glass and clear plastic are transparent.
Opaque = not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.

By mixing a medium like linseed oil and turps to any oil paint you can make it transparent, and you can then use it for glazing. However, certain colours of oil paint are designed to be used as glazes. These colours are very dark or almost black when neat (not thinned with a medium), colours like: Alizarin crimson, Olive green, and Phthalo blue. When you unscrew the lid of the paint and look into the tube it looks almost black, it only shows its true colour when thinned by a medium, and it's true colour will be vibrant and lustrous.

These colours can, of course, be used to mix neat with other colours, but it is important to know what they are capable of as transparent glazes.  If you didn't know about transparent oils I encourage you to find the oil paints you already have that look dark when neat, and mix them with some linseed oil and turps to see their true colour.

Opaque paints pretty much look the same neat as they do thinned down; they are designed to be mixed with other colours for your 'fatter' layers in your painting. (For more info on fat/thin layers see using oil mediums in Advice for Painters part II</acronym>)

Of course you can and should use opaque paints for glazes, but there might be a better transparent paint available to do the job better.


:bulletblue: Glazing

Glazing is a process of painting involving laying thin translucent layers of paint on top of one another. To create a translucent layer mix a little oil paint with your chosen medium until it is thin enough to see through.

Each layer must be dry before you can paint the next, otherwise you will loosen the layer below and end up with a blotchy effect (it's a nice effect if you want to play with it, but it's unpredictable).

Imagine glazing like laying different colours of see-thru plastic over each other. If you took some see-thru blue plastic and laid it on white paper, it would still be blue, but lay a piece of yellow see-thru plastic over the blue on white, it would look green. Glazing in oils works in the same way, you lay different colours over each other to create colour.

Using this technique you can create many colours with a depth and lustrous quality that a simple wet mix of colours could not match.

Glazing is a tricky process to use because often you have to think 2 or three layers ahead and to understand the effects each colour has on another. It's still trial and error for me sometimes, but it is a technique that can produce the most amazing paintings.

One Deviant on this site who shows a great example of painting in glazes is cobainsriff these 6 photos show how he has build up the layers of glazes in his painting.
self portrait wip 1 by cobainsriff self portrait wip 2 by cobainsriff portrait wip 3 by cobainsriff self -portrait wip 4 by cobainsriff wip 5 on self portrait by cobainsriff glazed Self portrait by cobainsriff

The Artist's Handbook by Ray Smith</i> has more photos of this process being used. I strongly advise anyone who wishes to understand glazing in more detail to take a look at this book.

There are many different ways of painting in Oils, this is just one way, my way and my way is mostly traditional. This advice is not set in stone; in fact I encourage any artist - however well established - to experiment constantly with new ways of working. I write this journal so that I can help those who are confused by oils or confused by painting figures, it is also for people who want to know how another artist works.

If anyone has further questions or has specific work they want me to critique, please leave them in the forum thread I have started on my page here: annagreaves.deviantart.com/jou…

Advice for Painters Continued

Tue Jan 9, 2007, 2:22 AM
Keeping to my New Years resolution of helping other artists, I have written a little general advice to people who want to be oil painters.

Essentials for anyone who want to paint in oils.</b>

:bulletblue:Life drawing skills are a must! I cannot stress enough how much this will improve your ability to paint and draw realistically. Take a life drawing class as often as you can to keep improving your skills.
:bulletblue:Good equipment – Save up or splash out on a couple of decent brushes and a few good quality paints (suggested colours below) you can expand slowly, you don't need to be rich to start painting.
:bulletblue:A good cleaning regime – keep your brushes and pallet clean, no point ruining your good brushes by leaving them covered in paint or festering in the jar of turpentine. Clean them as soon as you are done for the day with warm water and soap until the water runs clear, leave them to dry naturally.
:bulletblue:The book: The Artist's Handbook by Ray Smith will take you through almost everything you need to know about oil painting and more. I find it an invaluable reference.

Your pallet</b>
The pallet you use will develop as you do but a good starting point would be to buy:

:bulletblue:Titanium white
:bulletblue:Lemon yellow
:bulletblue:Scarlet lake
:bulletblue:Burnt sienna
:bulletblue:Burnt umber
:bulletblue:Paynes grey
:bulletblue:Terre verte
:bulletblue:Raw Sienna
:bulletblue:Cadmium yellow deep
:bulletblue:Flesh tint

These are colours I use in every painting I do that have skin tones.  I avoid buying black because it is such a flat colour. You can create much better dark tones from mixing two opposing colours together, for example a rich blue and a dark brown.

:bulletblue:Buying paint
On a tube of paint you will see the name of the colour written, if it has the word 'hue' at the end this means it is an artificial pigment, and the colour will not go as 'far' as a natural one.

I will try to explain; think of the strength of colour in a pigment like the strength of taste in a hot chilli. Some hot chilli's are tiny, only a couple of cm long and yet the tiniest bit of this chilli in a meal will make the whole thing very, very hot to taste. the flavor goes a long way with a small amount. In the same way, pigments in oil paint have many different strengths. Blue pigment, for example is very easy to find in nature, making it cheap for paint companies to use, therefore even student-grade oil paints have natural blue pigment in, a tiny dot of this blue mixed with other oils will go a long way. But other colours, like some reds are much harder to find in nature, so the oil paint companies make an artificial pigment called a 'hue' they put this 'hue' in their cheaper paints, and the pigment is not strong at all so you have to use a lot of it to get a good strong colour on your canvas.  

When buying paints you will find them priced according to their 'series', paints range over 5 or 6 series depending on the brand. The cheap series paints will have many more hues in than the expensive ones. Don't go buying all grade 6 paints, that's a waste of money, but I do recommend you buy one or two of the more expensive paints, colours you use a lot or perhaps that are important to a particular painting you are working on.  It's amazing the difference it can make to your work.

That's it for now, Will write more soon.


[09.01.07]
Advice For Painters Part II </u>

I was asked to write about the different mediums (Turpentine and oils) that you could mix with oil paint and the different effects they can create. I will cover the most popular mediums for now, and may go into others if people wish. Where I have listed adverse effects of these mediums, that is because traditionally these are seen as using the medium incorrectly, however in today's art world any 'effect' has it's value so you may find these notes show possible areas of experimentation for you rather than things to avoid.

:bulletblue: Turpentine (or Turps) - as a raw, un-distilled liquid is mostly used to clean brushes because when it used to dilute paint it will make the pigment particles in the paint gather in certain areas of the canvas and cause it to look grainy. this type of turps is very cheap. Drying time on canvas: <1 day. (FYI some people hate the smell of turps, you can buy odourless turps in any good art shop to avoid this problem)
:bulletblue: Distilled Turpentine - can be mixed with oil paint to whichever thickness you like, but will evaporate completely so is not recommended for working with transparent layers. Drying time on canvas: <1 day.
:bulletblue: Linseed oil - is by far the most popular oil painting medium, it is thicker than turpentine, drying into a thin film of oil perfect for painting in transparent layers. it is traditionally mixed with turps to create a good flexible medium to work with. However when dried it can turn lighter colours of paint yellowish. However if you mix too much of this into your oil paint it will make the layers dry shiny which will make the painting hard to view and impossible to photograph. Mixing it with distilled turps before using it to thin your oil paint will help to avoid this. Drying time on canvas: 2-3days.
:bulletblue: Bleached Linseed oil - has all the same properties of Linseed oil but will not turn your lighter colours yellow. it is however more expensive than regular linseed oil. Drying time on canvas: 2-3days.
:bulletblue: Liquin - is a modern day invention for thinning your oil paints, it doesn't smell like the other oils do and it increases the transparency of oil paints, making it very easy to use, it also dries the oil paint faster. I personally don't use it because it dries too fast for me. Drying time on canvas: 6 hours

:bulletblue: Using oil mediums
I admit that I have an oil fashioned approach to oils and use a very traditional technique with my mediums. This is not the only way, but it is my way and it works very well.

1. Mix one-part Linseed oil with one-part distilled turps in a small jar. This mixture is what I add to my oils to thin them.

2. I work with a 'thin to fat' method. This means that each consecutive layer of oil paint should have more oil in it than the previous one. (Remember there is lots of oil in the paint itself, so you are actually decreasing the amount of linseed-turpsmix you add and increasing the amount of oil paint each time you put down a new layer)

I start with a very diluted layer; this will be quite transparent, allowing me to mark out the main parts of the painting. Once this layer is dry I will add another layer that is a bit thicker building up my painting, continuing in this pattern until I may finish the painting with just oil paint and hardly any linseed-turps mixed in at all.

This thin-fat technique gives me the opportunity to use transparent layers to create wonderful colours as well as let me build up slowly and make any changes I need. Painting this way will also guarantee your painting will not crack when it is old, the layers will dry in the right order over time avoiding damage to your painting.

If you try to put a thinner layer on top of a fatter layer you will find the new layer will not stay on the surface, it will collect in bubbles on the canvas. It will also make the painting crack as it dries out over the years.

That's it for now, I will write about transparent and opaque paints next time.

[Edit: 06.01.07] I thought I had already said it, but if shall say it again. There are many different ways of painting in Oils, this is just my way and my way is mostly traditional. This advice is not set in stone; in fact I encourage any artist - however well established - to experiment constantly with new ways of working. I write this journal so that I can help those who are confused by oils or confused by painting figures, it is also for people who want to know how another artist works.

If anyone has further questions or has specific work they want me to critique, please leave them in the forum thread I have started on my page here: annagreaves.deviantart.com/jou…
My new years resolutions are simple ones, hopefully simple enough that I can actually keep to them!

The first one is to reply to all the comments people have made to me that I haven't already replied to. So if you left me a comment months ago and have only just had a reply... sorry, but better late than never!

The second one is to help other artists, so if you have questions about oils or portrait painting leave them here or send me a note and I will try to answer them.

Hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and I wish you a very creative new year!
After a long wait (and a lot of hard work!) I am very pleased to announce the official launch of the new and improved Anna Greaves website www.annagreaves.com
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The whole site has had an overhaul and is now bigger, better, faster and more unique! You will find all Anna's latest paintings in the galleries, and there is also a guest book for you to leave your mark.

Also, announcing Anna Greaves online shop!
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I have just finished uploading all my latest paintings to my prints shop! Check out all the new uploads! There are the usual lustre, matte, glossy and canvas prints available, and now you can also buy postcards, magnets, mugs, mouse pads and even coasters, all with your favourite Anna Greaves works printed on them!


Phew… after all that hard work, I'm gonna put my feet up. Hope you all like...

feature: nimra

Mon Sep 25, 2006, 9:42 AM
:iconarminmersmann:
if you haven't already, you must see this!
they are not photos...
Monolithic drawing WIP II by arminmersmann Name of the Father,   drawing by arminmersmann

this is the realism and skill i aspire to.
simply amazing art...


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Feature: Lumptard

Thu Jul 27, 2006, 3:01 AM
:iconlumptard:
:thumb34657387::thumb34657448::thumb35367160:
Lumptards work is really worth spending some time looking at. His use of light is outstanding, not to mention a wonderful technique.

Talented people:

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Feature: wolfpooka

Thu Jul 6, 2006, 12:23 PM
Feature: wolfpooka
:iconwolfpooka:
wolfpooka's whole gallery is beautiful but I particularly love this series entitled 'juicy'. The colours are so vibrant and the light reflecting off the lips so enticing. Disturbing and beautiful all in one, a combination which is very hard to pull off well, and wolfpooka does it with real style. Please go visit her gallery.
juicy female by wolfpooka juicy girl by wolfpooka juicy male by wolfpooka


Talented people:

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Today my Nana passed away

she would have been 98 years old this coming Tuesday.


...

Feature: seidai

Mon Jun 26, 2006, 5:20 AM
Feature: seidai :iconseidai:

please please please go see this amazing artist! he has so much tallent, and only 55</i> page views.  

Mature Content

Night Muse by seidai
   

Mature Content

Lindsay in the Sunset by seidai
   

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Alexandra Without Tattoo by seidai
   

Mature Content

Respite by seidai


I'd recomend him for a DD but De-Profundis won't take any more suggestions at the moment, so my little journal entry will have to do for now...


Talented people:

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oh wow!

Sun Jun 25, 2006, 1:19 PM
:iconpainters:

A few months ago I entered the 'magic' competition at the painters club with my painting inner light
just for fun.

Inner Light by AnnaGilhespy

To my surprise I won 3rd place!

Thank you to Moniki for the 6 month subscription she paid for as my prize.
And thanks to everyone at painters club for taking the time to look at my work
:hug:


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home at last

Thu Jun 22, 2006, 8:53 AM
Today our offer on the house we want has been accepted.
2 months 'till we move in!
May the packing commence!


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Feature: Jammers

Tue May 30, 2006, 10:53 PM
Oh don't miss this...

Oh don't miss this fantastic painting Blade and Mask by Jammers by Jammers. The way the light radiates from this piece is something very special. Go, enjoy!



~I have been offered a solo exhibition at a very prestigious gallery, we are still in the negotiation phase at the moment so nothing is certain. If it goes ahead it will be my first solo show. Ooooooo I'm all excited! ~
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Feature: InsAnnaty

Tue May 23, 2006, 12:58 AM
I love it when I find a piece of hidden treasure here on DA...

Amber: Death Song by InsAnnaty Mark Anselem by InsAnnaty by :iconinsannaty:
She has so few page views, comments :+devwatch:s and :+fav:s
Please take a look at her work.



~I've been feeling a little tired of late, my creative spurt seems now to be a slow drip... I'm not sure where my motivation went... Perhaps I should take a break and go see a movie...~


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Feature: bobtheraccoon

Sat May 20, 2006, 12:10 AM
Continuing the theme of must-see work:

Please, if you have not already seen Darci Dear by bobtheraccoon by bobtheraccoon go see it! It's one of the best paintings in terms of technique and skill that I have set eyes on for a long time.


more work from me coming next week


Talented people:

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  • Reading: I always get my sin

Talented people

Sun May 14, 2006, 11:18 PM
Please stop by :iconmurkithefrog:'s gallery and check out her beautiful work,
especially If I were a fish... by murkithefrog she only has 579 page views which I think is a shame.  


I recommend you check out some of the other very talented artists in my friends list too, I have great taste you know! ;)



I am working on 5 new paintings at the moment, have been very productive recently, which is always nice - I will have new work to show you soon


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Talented people:

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  • Listening to: 19-2000
  • Reading: I always get my sin

Birthday Ambush

Mon May 1, 2006, 1:24 PM
For the last 20 years or so I have counted down the days till my birthday for months before it happened, but this year it has caught me completely by surprise.  Perhaps it is because last year I turned 25 and now all the big important milestones that I look forward to have gone by.  Or maybe it is because my birthday is the same week as the Queens Birthday here in Holland.

Those who don't live in Holland may not understand the significance of this day, but over here it is the biggest day of the year.  By law anyone can sell anything they like in the streets on Queensday, everything from used candles to cars can be bought and sold and no tax need be paid on it.  The Dutch go crazy for this because they LOVE to get a "goedkooper" or "good deal" on anything and everything they buy (so much so that they will spend all day looking for the cheapest possible item they want even if the cost of the public transport for the day is more than the amount they saved on said item).

Queensday is the day in Holland when the Dutch dress in their national colour (orange!) and invade the streets of every major city, amsterdam itself holds over 17,000 people on this one day.  To my amazement this always goes off without a hitch - not a single fight - as everyone is just out to have fun and be patriotic.  I know the British in particular could learn a lot from this bunch of orange wearing weirdo's!

With all the chaos of Queensday even I forgot that my birthday was coming around again.   26 is just another number now, but tomorrow May 2nd that is what I shall be.


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  • Reading: The Tao of Pooh
  • Watching: The Mexican