Canada Balsam - 100% pure
True Balsam, "unequaled in clarity"!
Canada Balsam is used in oil painting, and even as a cement for optical lenses. It enhances colors and permanence, and since it does not crystallize with age its optical properties do not deteriorate. Our Canada Balsam is pure, direct from the fir tree. Read more HERE!
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH SPIKE LAVENDER? In Mark Balma's technique, a mixture of Oil of Spike Lavender, Walnut Oil, and resin serve as the medium which allows for many layers of hand-ground paint to be superimposed upon each other. Mark is reclaiming an early Renaissance technique pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci. This technique creates an exceptional depth and richness of color that complements the soul and character of the painting. Mark refers to his approach as metaphysical realism, where the artist paints beyond the reality of the subject toward the spiritual. Two of Mark's paintings are in the Vatican’s permanent collection, and his work can be found in the Museum of Spiritual Art, Assisi, Italy, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, Minnesota. He has done commissioned portraits for four U.S. Presidents, and multiple European Heads of State, as well as many celebrities and public figures. Clearly, Mark Balma has made great use of Oil of Spike Lavender as part of his overall approach to painting throughout many years of successful art!
BENZI ORANGE AND BUFF
Bill Martin has been experimenting with new colours and painting styles: "I’ve used your Benzi Orange quite regularly in many of my recent paintings". "I’ve gone through about half the tube of Buff Titanium, and I recently did a crazy, surrealistic painting for which I used a lot of the Buff Titanium." "Of course, the medium that I concoct with your ingredients is absolutely wonderful, and it provides me with a great glazing platform upon which to build my glazed paintings." "Orange You Cute" "Biff"
COMING FULL CIRCLE FOR ARTISTS
Traditionally, artist materials have always been based on natural oils, rosins, waxes, gums, polysaccharides, and other materials. The world of art is now being enriched and renewed – by reclaiming, advancing and improving the materials that have been central to art throughout history. Scientific research is rapidly developing biobased solutions to creative problems. Artists will benefit from the less-toxic materials and greater performance characteristics. Oil of Spike Lavender, Water-Washed Walnut and Flax Oil, Rosemary Oil, Canada Balsam, Beeswax, Damar and Copal, and Oil of Clove are all biobased artist materials. More
The artist Cori Dyson writes: "I have used this set up on several occasions now and I love it. I can paint pretty much anywhere. I can go out on location with a foldable stool, a thumb box, and I am ready to paint. As the seasons change, I will be replacing my thermacell and bug spray for gloves and a jacket, but the principle remains the same—make the experience of plein air painting as simple and easy as possible, because mother nature may not make it easy for you."