I get all sorts of process oriented questions. Most recently I've been getting asked a lot about my paints and palette, which made me realize what a nice blog topic this would make!
I use a Masterson Sta-Wet Premier palette box. This is comprised of a box (think Tupperware) with a sponge liner and a slice of palette paper that work together to keep my paints wet. This setup allows me to work with the same palette for about a full week, having the box open for multiple hours every day. You can see what the palette looks like at the beginning of a new session above - below the exact same palette after this week's work.
For the last 25 years I have used Golden brand acrylics, mediums, and varnish. I love the overall quality of these paints and the fact that, when I have a question, their customer service department is made up of artists who actually use the products.
Until last year, I used their Heavy Body paints exclusively. They have a buttery consistency, a little looser than oil paints, but with some heft. The colors are glorious, they stay put on my palette, and because their pigment content is extremely high, the mixtures are extraordinarily wonderful.
Recently, Golden introduced "Open Acrylics." Opens were designed with a slower dry time, allowing the artist to work in a style similar to what painting in oils might allow. Furthermore, Opens can be intermixed with the traditional acrylics, with their open properties carrying across.
I began playing with the Open Acrylics last winter, and quickly fell in love with them. I really enjoy the flexibility they have added to my working process and think they are a tremendous asset to the studio.
I now use a combination of Open Acrylics and Heavy Bodies. You can see in the image below which colors are the opens by the size of their puddles. The Opens tend to stretch and bleed on the palette, whereas the Heavy Body's stay put.
I am delighted with the Open Acrylics, enjoying exploring new horizons in the studio, and plan on working with them for a time to come.
Thanks so very much for your questions about my materials - have a great and colorful weekend!
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