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Featured Painting "Audobon"

The featured painting of the month is Audobon. Painted in 1995, it depicts a spring morning in the woods of the Connecticut Audobon Society. This painting was created with a style of masking areas with tape and rubber cement, and covering the paper with bursts of color. Upon drying, the strips of tape and glue are removed to unveil untouched paper and color. The process is repeated multiple times to unveil an abstract (expressed by the aqua and crystaline appearance on the the surface of the water) but realistic interpretation of that magic spring morning.

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Acrylic Fast-drying paint containing pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water), the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting. Acrylics were first available commercially in the 1940s, although experimental forms of acrylic resin paints had been developed as early as the 1920s in the U.S. and earlier in Germany. The first commercially available acrylic paints were actually oil compatible.

Oil Oil used to make oil paints comes from several sources; the most common used is linseed oil, made by boiling the seed of the flax plant. The oil is then mixed with pigments to attain color. Art paints use a slightly different form of linseed oil than a basic house-paint or general-use paint. General-use oil paints are made to dry very quickly, and with varying gloss.

Digital Photography The availability and popularity of photograph manipulation software has spawned a vast and creative library of highly modified images, many bearing little or no hint of the original image. Using electronic versions of brushes, filters and enlargers, these "Neographers" produce images unattainable through conventional photographic tools. In addition, digital artists may manipulate scanned drawings, paintings, collages or lithographs, as well as using any of the above-mentioned techniques in combination. Artists also use many other sources of information and programs to create their work.

Mixed Medium When creating a work of art using Mixed Media it is important to choose the layers carefully and allow enough drying time between the layers to insure the final work will have integrity. If many different media are used it is equally important to choose a sturdy foundation upon which the different layers are imposed. An old rule good to remember is "Fat over lean." In other words, don't start with oil paints. Plan to make them the final layer.

Digital Prints Digital reproduction is one form of data reproduction which is based on the digital data model. The advantage of digital reproduction of data over analogue reproduction is its lossless quality. Reproducing analogue data is inherently lossy, because every (electronic) component involved in any analogue reproduction process can introduce noise to the final result.

Drawings/ Portraiture A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. Portraits are often simple head shots or mug shots and are not usually overly elaborate. The intent is to show the basic appearance of the person, and occasionally some artistic insight into his or her personality.

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