Van Gogh Exhibit: The Immersive Experience

We had a wonderful time at the Van Gogh Exhibit: The Immersive Experience. This is a new digital way to experience information about the artist. The VR experience was a novelty something I haven’t done before that is experienced in a separate gallery from the digital projections. The virtual reality experience will take visitors on a 10-minute journey on “a day in the life of the artist,” allowing them to see the inspiration behind some of van Gogh’s most famous works of art. Other studios and galleries, including a drawing studio, will give visitors an even more in-depth look at the artist. One thing I would suggest to learning about Van Gogh is his signature Impasto. This is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

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There are a large number of visual effects that an artist using the technique may be striving to achieve, but the most important ones are the added bulk and the play of light and shade. The brush-strokes may be straight, rounded or cross-hatched. Some artists only used this approach for certain elements of their works, with the aim of emphasizing them and bringing them to the fore, while others covered the whole canvas with an uneven ripple effect.

The impasto technique is usually associated with the work of Vincent Van Gogh. It is said that he applied the paints directly onto the canvas and simply mixed them together with his own fingers. One of the examples of the impasto technique in his oeuvre is the painting The Starry Night. Here, in order to make the stars in the night sky appear as bright as possible, he strove to apply paint with an extremely thick consistency, using bold brush-strokes, thereby highlighting the lights.

Vincent van Gogh "The Starry Night"
Vincent van Gogh “The Starry Night”

In order for the brush-strokes to appear even thicker and more expressive, artists did not shy away from using thickening agents on occasion. This would lend the painting an incredible texture. One of the substances widely used for this purpose, for instance, was wax. With each brush-stroke, the touches of the palette knife or spatula were imprinted on the painting. Works featuring this technique were produced by artists from a wide range of movements and eras: the Renaissance, the Baroque period, Impressionism, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism. Interestingly, the Impressionists applied paste from tubes directly onto the canvas, creating the outlines required with a brush once the paint was in situ. In the era of Impressionism and Expressionism, this technique made it possible to obtain a wonderful mirror-image of a crumpled or broken surface, to pick out areas of light amid the darkness, and to emphasize a space. It was the perfect way to convey feelings, concerns and emotions for the paintings of the Expressionists, for them to express their egos on canvas, and to show what is accessible only to those who see, not to those who merely look.

There are a whole range of methods and rules for applying paints to bases:

  • With the help of a brush, a palette knife, a tube or using additional additives;
  • The thick layer should be allowed to dry in conditions whereby the process can take place as slowly as possible. This approach protects the layer of pigment from cracking up and prevents wrinkles from appearing;
  • If the ingredients are too fatty, this will definitely make it more difficult to create textures and expressive brush-strokes;
  • Flat brushes or small brushes made of artificial horsehair will be ideal for this technique;
  • If you add sawdust, sand or very fine grit to the pigment, this will lend a unique aspect to the texture and allow you to really liven up your work, and above all – to increase the volume of each brush-stroke;

Some artists cover their completed paintings with a special glaze. Its thin film provides excellent protection that will prevent cracks and wrinkles appearing in the pigment and prevent it from peeling.

source: SUNY Purchase, Pearl Paint, Old Holland 1664, Van Gogh Albany, NY Exhibit: The Immersive Experience #vangoghimmersivexperience #vangoghimmersion #vangoghimmersive #vangoghimmersiveexhibit #vangogh #vincentvangogh #art #impasto

Celtic Art Book of Kells

Here’s a short intro to celtic art through The Book of Kells at Trinity College conservation research

Susie Bioletti, Head of Conservation at Trinity

Celtic Clip Art

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Nancy Tranter Visual Artist ancient celtic circle lakenheath vector art digital downloads
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Vector Design Ancient Celtic Circle Motif by Nancy Tranter

Vector Design file Ancient Celtic Circle Motif (Digital File) Contains everything you need to start creating beautiful Kells illumination designs. Perfect for logos, posters, print advertisements and on the web. 

The Borders and frames have a unique design, and can easily be adapted to fit any circular shape. All designs are 100% vector and have editable strokes which allow you to change the weight/thickness of the lines. 

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Making Soap: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Rhassoul & French Green Clay Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit

This soap is the result of blending a light fragrance of dried stone fruit, bergamot, sweet orange, black currant, black tea from China, and plantain has formed an extremely distinctive, spicy, fruity, and warm creation fit for the spa. I love that Elizabethan and Stuart England was such an important port of entry for exotic goods arriving from every corner of the known world. The idea that scent can re-connect moments in time with one drop and one breath utterly captivates me. And this is something that I kept in the back of my mind when creating this soap. The result of blending this light fragrance of dried stone fruit, bergamot, sweet orange, black currant, black tea from China, and plantain has formed an extremely distinctive, spicy, fruity, and warm creation fit for the spa. Clays detox and purify the skin by drawing out the toxins. Rhassoul Clay contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Green Clay is a cornucopia of minerals as well. It detoxifies, restores mineral balance, and acts as an absorbent. This bar of soap will produce a silky creamy lather In fact, the ‘suds’ we often see in commercial soaps are mostly synthetic chemicals. I prefer clay soaps instead of mixing facial masks these days less mess and more convenient. It can also be used for the body. In general, my soaps are made in small batches with skin-loving vegetable oils, moisturizing butter, and milk. I use only pure essential oils and high-quality fragrance oils no phthalates for scent and natural ingredients for their properties. super fated around 5%. Due to the handmade nature of our soaps, sizes and appearances may vary from photo. Each bar will weigh approximately 3.8 – 4.2 ounces. ingredients for cold process soap: babassu oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, stearic acid plant-derived, beeswax, rhassoul clay, french green clay, dried stone fruit, Chinese black tea, plantain, essential oils of sweet orange and black currant, lye Rhassoul & French Green Clay Soap Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit: *No synthetic fragrance oils *No parabens *No preservatives *No EDTA *No sulfates *No lard *No colorants

Nancy Tranter Soap Recipe: Rhassoul & French Green Clay Soap Scent Reminiscent of Elizabethan Era Citrus and Stone Fruit

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Shout Out to Studio Hemoy

Graphic Designer for Studio Hemoy

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Studio Hemoy is an up and coming interior design group that has experience in property management and Interior Design. It’s always wonderful to be a graphic designer for a French team of interior designers. Check out their latest podcast “Les couleurs ont une influence sur notre humeur, notre performance, notre productivité, notre bien-être, notre qualité de travail Notre environnement immédiat influence l’esprit des gens. Que ce soit par l’aspect visible (rangé ou désorganisé), ou par l’aspect plus invisible à première vue comme les couleurs”

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Holiday Catering Near Me Charcuterie Hacks

How to Find Catering that is Available on Holidays : A Cheat Sheet for Home Holiday Cooks

When the holiday season rolls around, you know it’s time to pull out your calendars and start preparing the family gathering. Your family appreciates these holiday get-togethers that allow them to talk, eat, and drink. It’s an excellent way to end the year on a positive note.

Your holiday preparation should begin with delicious foods and drinks. The most challenging part of preparing a party is deciding what to serve. Some parties serve appetizers. Some serve full sit-down dinners. In contrast, others have a buffet with different stations for each food type, such as salad, meat, seafood, or dessert.

Charcuterie, Catering

Selecting a catering service for Christmas events will be one of, if not the most important thing on your to-do list. Food is what makes the winter season so fun, isn’t it? A festive meal, festive drinks, and tasty treats will leave everyone with a smile on their face.

Un-complicate your holiday preparations and save your energy spending time with your loved ones. Instead, allow yourself to relax and delegate the tedious work to the pros. For example, this Christmas, ordering your feasting platter from a catering service can be a lifesaver. She Salt Charcuterie really came through this season. 

You don’t have to go to all the trouble to throw a memorable Holiday party for your family. All you have to do is decide what kind of food you want to serve at your party and these caterers will take care of the rest.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2022, 17-3938 Very Peri, Graphic Designers Resource

Color Trends in Design 2022

One of the color trends that we will begin to see in graphic design will be the use of something called Pantone colors. Marketing Color Consortiums drive large sections of commerce. How important is this to your art? It all depends. I tell my students that creating an original style (their unique signature) is the way to go. This includes the color palette that you have defined for yourself. You always have the choice to not use Pantone Trends and that in the end may be a better design choice. Knowing about Pantone colors is important you need to understand the industry you are designing for and not knowing about their existence is like not doing your art history homework.

Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle, Color of the Year 2022
Pantone Very Peri interior design living room a striking shade of periwinkle

After a year so full of ups and downs, users will want navigation experiences that are soothing colors. Therefore, the use of subtle blues, violet blues and reds will be of great importance for graphic design and will generate a great impact on users.

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Color trends in graphic design 2022 Flat colors

2021 has shown us that we spend more and more time on our cell phones, computers, and tablets. The use of flat colors will guarantee the comfort of our eyes. Simple, subtle, fresh and natural designs that facilitate online navigation for a long time.

Motion Graphics

Whether you’re walking past a digital billboard, scrolling through a website, or navigating an app, we see more and more motion design at the moment. And most people in the profession believe this can only be a good thing. Static graphics have a way of being overlooked. The constant drive of digital platforms for something fresh and the rise of virtual reality have brands finding new ways of living online. The new possibilities and opportunities using motion and animation are becoming a better way to tell a story to sell a brand.

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Henri Matisse Cut Outs and How He Carved into Color

The resilience of Henri Matisse cut outs as he deals with chronic pain in his later years

Henri Matisse cut outs came about because chronic illness had made painting more difficult. The painter made his name by putting brush to canvas and when he no longer had eye muscle and proper hand-coordination, he made his mark all over again by putting scissors to paper. A flickery home movie of an elderly Henri Matisse shows the artist in a hurry with his giant scissors, cutting asymmetrical, floppy leaf forms out of paper. He compared cutting to the feeling of flying. He enjoyed being able to move them around to contemplate their respective positions within his composition.

Henri Matisse in studio working with cutouts
Henri Matisse in his studio with assistants who would cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls

Henri Matisse cut outs technique may have originated from his influence growing up in a textile region in France. The paper cut-outs have a dressmaker’s pattern influence. The studio that he worked in had many textiles for inspiration surrounding him. There was an exhibit that became the source for my idea for this relationship called Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams: His Art and His Textiles JUNE 23–SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 at the Met. It features forty-five painted works and thirty-one drawings and prints displayed alongside examples from Matisse’s personal collection of fabrics, costumes, and carpets. That exhibition marked the first public showing of Matisse’s textile collection—referred to by the artist as his “working library”—which has been packed away in family trunks since Matisse’s death in 1954. According to his grandson Paul, he enjoyed using the cutout technique right up unto the end of his life.

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success”

Henri Matisse
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Henri Matissein bed at studio composing cutout pieces with long stick

It was noted by friends, family, and colleagues that Matisse had an intensity about him and that he loved to work. He could not stop creating no matter what his physical condition. A type of wilfulness that is indispensable when producing commissioned artwork while in chronic pain.

Henri Matisse and cat
Henri Matisse The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952
The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952

Henri Matisse Cut Outs Paint Process

The color on his cut-outs was produced using gouache—a water-based, opaque, quick-drying, matte paint that consists of pigment, binder, and often a white pigment or filler to increase opacity. Matisse purchased a wide range of colors at supply houses in Paris and Nice, choosing tubes based on color and freshness. Studio assistants cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls. Gouache, thinned with water, was applied to paper and then weighted until dry. Some sheets had a more dense application of gouache and some more visibly retained the brushstrokes.

Matisse’s Cut Out
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Irish Eggs (Scottish Eggs), A Classic Irish Dish

This Irish Egg recipe came from Clodagh McKenna in her book Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen. This recipe was Scrumptious. The heartiest meal that I have had in months. Packed with protein that will last in your body for a long time. Irish Eggs are best paired with something lite. I paired mine with an arugula and artichoke salad or perhaps you might try a pickled slaw on the side that would make a perfect match! Her recipe calls for blood sausage that sounds divine and traditional however it was not available in my local market. My substitute was Italian Sweet Sausage that worked out great!

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Scotch Eggs just before frying
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter recipe by Clodagh McKenna

Irish Egg Tips

  1. Wet hands before molding meat patties. I had a little bowl nearby for dipping my hands in.
  2. I highly suggest the use of the dry hand – wet hand technique for coating eggs. That way you can avoid battered fingers.

Popularity of Irish Eggs

According to YouGov, Irish Eggs or Scotch eggs were found to be among Britain’s least liked foodstuffs in 2019. However in 2020, following controversy as to whether Scotch eggs were considered a substantial meal necessary for pubs, cafés, and restaurants to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people began to buy the hearty big egg.

History of Scotch Eggs

The earliest known published recipe titled Scottish eggs dates to 1807. Maria Ketelby Rundell’s version published that year is found verbatim in several cookbooks from that period time. “Boil hard five pullet’s eggs, and without removing the white, cover completely with a fine relishing forcemeat in which let scraped ham or chopped anchovy bear a due proportion. Fry a beautiful yellow-brown, and serve with a good gravy in the dish.” The origin of the dish is hotly debated by culinary enthusiasts. It ranges from a claim by Fortnum & Mason of London that they invented the dish in 1738 and served it to the Prince of Wales and the Royal family regularly. Another theory as to their origin begins much earlier in India. In the very early 1600s, the East Indian Company was formed and trade began between the British and India. Some believe Scotch eggs evolved from an Indian dish called Nargisi Kofta, which is made by wrapping hard-boiled eggs in minced lamb and cooking them. 

source: @clodagh_mckenna, yougov, wiki, A Caledonian Feast by Annette Hope

Quick Guide to Natural Dyeing With Goldenrod Flowers

It’s Goldenrod Season Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) is a member of the aster family. There are many solidago species native to North America, and they can also be found in other parts of the world. 

Goldenrod natural dye samples
Goldenrod flower dye vat with mercerized pima cotton yarn and Pearl Ex. 
Natural dyed pima cotton in Goldenrod by Nancy tranter
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Goldenrod Flower Pima Cotton Yarn DK Weight
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Here is a quick guide to natural dyeing with goldenrod flowers. In New York goldenrod matures and blooms from July to October. I carefully harvest the flower fronds, trying not to pick too many leaves or stems in the process then gathered enough to fill my dye pot 3/4 full. 

enamel vat for flowers for dying goldenrod
goldenrod found in the woods

I used for the mordant aluminum acetate and a tiny rust (iron) from the bottom of the enamel vat, perhaps making it a little hint of green. We will see what it looks like when finished. I use a 10% by a weight-of-goods proportion of alum to cotton, checkout tutorial on mordanting by Botanical Colors it has a great tutorial on mordanting.  1 teaspoon of Pearl Ex Interference Gold check out the video so sparkly. I kept it on the stove to a simmer (not a boil unless you want a deep russet color) for 3 hours.

Soaked my mercerized cotton overnight in tap water at room temperature. I placed it in the simmering vat for 1hr making sure it was mostly submerged. After an hour I removed and used the towel dry method for the yarn let dry, then rinsed 3 times, created a soaking bath for 1/2hr with cedar essential oil, rinsed again toweled dry and hung up to dry. The Pearl Ex is still visible after 4 washings. Goldenrod definitely brought the sunshine it came out

Goldenrod in the background growing natural in the woods, Skeins of dyed yarn drying
Natural dyed pima cotton in Goldenrod by Nancy tranter

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