Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Best Practices for Cleaning Paintings by George O'Hanlon

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Best Practices for
Cleaning Paintings by George O'Hanlon
How and why of cleaning oil paintings

Over time, the appearance of paintings change not only because of accumulated dirt, but also because aging itself alters the materials that make up the painting. Besides the build-up of dust, dirt, and grime (e.g., soot, nicotine, etc.), the gradual yellowing and cracking of the varnish layer alters the image. This article gives artists practical and safer methods to clean their own paintings than what is currently taught or practiced by artists. The cleaning methods demonstrated in this four part article apply specifically to oil paintings, but some of the techniques and materials can also be used with additional precautions on acrylic, gouache and tempera paintings.  READ MORE >>> Best Practices for Cleaning Paintings
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Revisiting Madame X

Revisiting Madame X

In 1884 at the Paris Salon, John Singer Sargent debuted his painting of socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. He was hoping that this painting would secure his career as a portrait artist. I’m certain Sargent never thought there would be such a controversy over this beautiful portrait of a 25 year old woman. Most people knew of Madame Gautreau and her colorful affairs but were outraged that the portrait seemed to flaunt her infidelity especially since she was painted in a provocative dress for the time but even more scandalous was her strap that had fallen off her shoulder. Sargent later repainted the area with the strap securely on Madame’s shoulder.

It’s interesting how what we (viewers) may see as minor details can muster up so much emotion and rich story. This was exactly what happened to Sargent and instead of staying in France to work, he was forced to move to England where he became one of the most famous portrait painters in history.

If the first goal of the portrait painter is to achieve a likeness, then the second goal should be to suggest in some way who they are, where they came from or some kind of story. It can be very simple from a large pearl earring to a smokey smile with an imaginary landscape to a revealing dress and actually for me, the simpler the better. We don’t need to spell every detail out.

In our next Portrait workshop at Kline Academy with Cheryl Kline, we will be revisiting “Madame X.”
Kline said “Jennifer Fabos was visiting with me last week and she was wearing a black evening dress with shoulder straps, her hair was pinned up and for a minute I did a double take…Madame X!” So be prepared to do a contemporary version of this masterful painting working with both live model- Jennifer Fabos, and photo reference.

Caption:  John Singer Sargent “Madame X”.   Inset: Jennifer Fabos, Model for the Madame X workshop

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Kline Academy 10th Annual Open House - Call for ART!!

Kline Academy 10th Annual Open House 
 Call for ART!!

Celebrating Kline Academy's 10th Anniversary!

Saturday, September 16th, 5pm - 9pm
Sunday, September 17th, noon - 5pm 
(Natalia Fabia's Live Painting Demo starts at 1pm on Sunday!)

As someone who has been a student in the past year, we want to encourage you to submit a piece for our upcoming show!

It can be any piece that you worked on in classes at Kline Academy. 

Drop in : After Tuesday, September 5th

We will email you the label or it will be ready at the office.
Please know the title, price (if you want to sell), and the medium to be included in the show! 

See you there!