Sunday, December 14, 2008

mixxx master

Recently, my buddy Jose turned me onto mixing my own pigments. The immediate difference I noticed was the quality of the paint being nice and buttery, the colors full and saturated. I decided to learn more and pick up a few more colors, so I made a visit to Sinopia, in San Francisco.

I was a bit of a kid in a candy store, conjuring up possibilities, being surrounded by shelves with an array of pure pigments. I was surprised to learn the costs being significantly lower than some store labels and of the variety/quality of colors available. I strangely felt as if some Renaissance master might be looking over my shoulder and I might be reconnecting with some missing link to painting, or maybe it was just my imagination, Jose and security camera.

Shelves of cadmiums/ultramarines and earthtones.

The goods to start with - a set of earthtones and a few other colors.

Mixing - adding in more pigment/linseed as needed. Only cold pressed linseed oil and pure pigment. No preservatives, additives or artificial flavoring.

Underpainting detail.

Here is a detail of one of the paintings I am currently working on. The LA Art Show is just around the corner...

Hope your holiday season is the best!


Jose said...

Hey Kim! Glad to see you're having fun making paint. I was kinda curious about how things were going with it. Awesome paintings!

Joe Kresoja said...

Very nice paintings!

Luis Colan said...

Hi Kim, if ever in New York City you should check out Kremer Pigments,the original Sinopia. I think you will enjoy the shop.