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!
ECOLOGICAL RELEVANCE JK Thorsen has a new December show at the Connect Gallery in Omaha. JK is a full time artist with a packed calendar of shows and presentations throughout the year. With her ecological focus in art, JK explores nature and the stories of others, and as she describes it uses more earth-friendly practices; discontinuing use of alkyds, plastics, chemically refined, & formaldehyde-incorporated materials. Moving away from petroleum-based thinners. Sincerely reaching for production - that nature could love. For ecologically friendly painting materials, JK makes use of Water-Washed Oils, Biobased Thinner, Oil of Spike Lavender and other materials from The Art Treehouse.
BILL MARTIN'S LAYERING & PAINTING MEDIUM
Because of the quality of his work, Bill Martin is often asked about the medium he uses in his painting. He has created his own formula that enables him to use a single medium for both the layering of paint and the glazing, while adding a uniformity and consistency to the overall image. His paintings are widely recognized and respected by other artists, and his painting "Biff" was recently awarded "Best of Show" at one of the galleries where he is represented. 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"