Andrew Wyeth dead at 91
January 16, 2009 10:53pm CST
Now, I was HONESTLY surprised to find out he had still been alive! I can remember seeing his pictures since I was pretty young, but he was already in his 50's probably by that time. Well, I don't really remember when I learned about him, but I remember hearing that he painted some of his most famous works in tempera paint and watercolors. Now this isn't the tempera paint you used to use in school, this is the kind of tempera paint that the ancients used to paint icons 2000 years ago. It, like watercolors, is an unforgiving medium, you can't paint over like with oils or acrylics, all the colors, except for white, are basically transparent, you can see the colors below. It is called egg tempera, and they use the egg yolk as the binder instead of water. Now, Wyeth wasn't my favorite artist, Maggiepie is my favorite artist, but he's up there in my top 20 probably. So, who's your favorite artist? What medium do they use? If you paint, what medium do you use? (I like watercolors.) Do you like realism, impressionism, cubism or abstract? I like realism and some impressionism. I've even seen an abstract or 2 I could live with.
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17 Jan 09
I use both water color and oils. (Unless I'm painting the house, which is mostly painting myself! ) I am very ecclectic in my choices. I enjoy impressionism, realism and abstract. I'm a big fan of Monet...and Warhol, Picasso and De Vinci. It is so sad when we loose another artist...it seems like there isn't the encouragement of modern artists that there was for there was for the ones that are gone. I might be wrong, but I know that in school the art departments were the ones to suffer the first and biggest budget cuts. When I was in high school I was president of the art club and we worked our tails off to earn the money for a gas kiln...the school district didn't even want the club started let alone our building a large gas fired kiln. I still am involved in art, but at this point I am not doing as much, simply because I am a full time student and don't have the extra time to do much art work.
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17 Jan 09
I love watercolor, its so layered and deep. I've never done oils, I guess just too much start up costs and clean up costs (time and money.) I wasn't a club joiner, and if there were an art club, I didn't know about it. If there had been, it would've probably been on one of my horse back riding days.... I discovered after high school that I was more of a crafter than an artist, so that's what I've stuck to. Give me a pattern and I can make beautiful things! I can even adapt it.