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I have worked in many types of mediums in my lifetime.  Like most artists,  I always found myself going back to the mediums that I enjoy working in the best:  India Inks, pencils, acrylics, watercolors and variations of each.  I also enjoy experimenting by “mixing” and developing new interesting styles of art.  I particularly enjoy working with old styles of mediums; Scratchboard and Pointillism are two old styles of art that I thoroughly enjoy.

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Scratchboard is a specially surfaced cardboard to be worked on withScratchboard (Ross Board) example: click to enlarge... crayon and to take the place of the lithographic stone.  It was invented sometime early in twentieth century by a Philadelphia lithographer named Charles J. Ross.  The board, still manufactured by the Ross Company of Philadelphia, consists of a thin layer of finely ground white chalk mixed with a binder and laid on ordinary cardboard under pressure.  The layer of chalk is very thin, probably no more than a thirty-second of an inch thick, and when it is dry it becomes very hard and smooth.

Around 1920, someone discovered that a very thin layer of black ink added to the chalk surface could then be cut with a sharp tool to reveal the white underneath and thereby create unusual and graphic effects.   Up to that time it had been called Ross board, but now it is sold almost entirely for use in the cutting technique and is called Scratchboard.

Drawings executed on the board were found to have superior reproductive qualities, particularly on newsprint, so it is not surprising that they came into extensive use for newspaper advertising.

What makes the scratchboard medium valuable is that any of the fine, clear cut effects achieved in other mediums can be done on scratchboard with much greater ease.  In commercial art scratchboard was the practical medium for newspaper reproduction of advertised products during its heyday of the 1930's and 1940's.

Many different types of tools are used for cutting the fine lines in the ink.  A tool called a scratchpoint fits into a penholder and is sold in art stores, but aside from this there is no tool made expressly for scratchboard cutting.  Artists use many different types of tools, from fine dental picks, knife sets, and razor blades to engraver's tools.   The use of different tools will yield many different types of cutting effects.

Look in my art Gallery and you will see some more of my works in this medium.   Very strong, bold, distinctive lines and cuts make up this medium.   I have also done quite a few portraits with this medium.   I can do a portrait of you if you are intrigued with this style of art.

Pointillism is a style of art that was developed many years ago by a French painter, Georges Seurat, founder of the 19th-century French school of Neo-Impressionism.   Seurat's technique for portraying the play of light using tiny brushstrokes of contrasting colors became known as Pointillism.   Using this technique, he
Pointillism example: click to enlarge... created huge compositions with tiny, detached strokes of pure color too small to be distinguished when looking at the entire work but making his paintings shimmer with brilliance.   Works in this style include Une Baignade (1883-84) and Un dimanche après-midi à l'Ile de la Grande Jatte (1884-86).

A French painter who was a leader in the neo-impressionist movement of the late 19th century, Georges Seurat is the ultimate example of the artist as scientist.   He spent his life studying color theories and the effects of different linear structures.   His 500 drawings alone establish Seurat as a great master, but he will be remembered for his technique called pointillism, or divisionism, which uses small dots or strokes of contrasting color to create subtle changes in form.

Many forms of pointillism took effect over the years as many artists admired and studied Seurat’s form of art.   Different mediums also took the stage with reference to “Pointillism”.   I studied Seurat’s work and like many others found this style of work to be very unique.   It’s a time consuming art form; that’s probably why not many artists work in his style today.   I personally enjoy the style; unique, interesting and above all like not many others.   In the world of art today you can see endless works of art in watercolors, oils, acrylics and what I call the standard art.   Pointillism, this old style of art, literally grabs you when exposed to it’s beauty.   Compliments abound when people see this art.

Take a look in my Art Gallery and you can see more of my pointillism work.   I am currently working on a series of marine life subjects.   Check back and you will see more works on the way!

Another medium that I enjoy working in is pencils, graphite and colored.  In recent years I have obtained a fondness for Prismacolor colored pencils.
Colored pencils example: click to enlarge...

There's something really different in Prismacolor pencils when comparing to other brands.   They seem to have more pigment than any other, they are not waxy, and you can paint over it with acrylics or watercolor and go over that again with Prismacolor without any trouble.   Prismacolor pencils seem to be so vivid and bright when layered accordingly.

When layered correctly,  colored pencils give such a vibrant look that some people say they feel as though they have seen the place depicted (or would surely like to in the future!).   The colors are steadfast and bold.   When working with colored pencils, I enjoy the rich bright colors that they present.

Prismacolor is the choice of some of the most accredited illustrators, such as Mark English, John English, Chris F. Payne, Brent Watkinson and many others.






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