Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Phoenix Village Art Center Member Show

Come to the
11th Annual Member's Show at the Phoenix Village Art Center
207 Bridge St.
Phoenixville, PA
Gallery Opening May 1st 6 to 9:00 PM and running for the whole month of May.
I have 2 pieces in the show Serenity on the Farm & Can You Find Me.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Still Life from Colonial Williamsburg

 
Still Life from C.W. Blacksmith Shop

13 x 9
Medium - Gouache & watercolor
 
$325.00 matted & framed


Frame size - 18x14




Other paintings available at www.bill-kassel.com

Monday, April 27, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Gift of Art for Mothers Day

   

Looking for a great gift for Mom for Mother's Day. Give the Gift of Art. It's a unique way of giving something she will treasure.
Original paintings, Limited Edition prints, Miniature prints or Note Cards are available at Bill Kassel Fine Art Studio.

www.bill-kassel.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Come to North Penn Art Alliance Spring Show

Here is a current article running in the Montgomery County Area.
Area artists are getting ready to reveal their work to the community.
thereporteronline.com
 
 
I will have 2 pieces in the show. 
 
Williamsburg Still Life 
 
Serenity on the Farm (a scene from Chester Springs)
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

On my easel

"Can you find me"
16x20 - acrylic
Just about finished, I think.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Updated website

Check out my updated website.
New stuff added and more to come.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

About Open Acrylics and why I like them



On this painting I am using Golden OPEN Acrylics. They are a line of professional artist acrylics with a uniquely slow-drying formulation. This gives more blending time like the traditional techniques used with oils.

It’s still water-based, but these paints do not act like any acrylic you may have tried before. Unlike standard acrylics, OPEN Acrylics have the ability to keep moving. The "stay wet" quality of Golden OPEN makes it a perfect paint for printing techniques, thin layers stay wet for a longer working time. they won't quickly lock up or drag. Best in thin applications, OPEN Acrylics are ideal for glazing, shading, wet blending and subtractive techniques.

With the long working time, OPEN Acrylics are the perfect acrylic option for plein air painting, staying workable in the sun and wind much longer than any standard acrylic and more comparable to oils. The ease of soap and water clean-up eliminates some of the health and environmental concerns sometimes associated with oil painting and printmaking.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I do not use black when I paint.

It is better to mix your own black (chromatic black), it will be much richer looking. The painting below used no black to create the rich black looking color.

 
What is Chromatic Black?

   

Chromatic black is a mixed paint color that looks black but doesn't contain any black pigment in it. Instead, a chromatic black is created by mixing dark versions of other colors, typically a red and green or blue and red and mix in an earth color.



Why Use Chromatic Black?


Given how easy it is to squeeze paint out of a tube, why would you bother mixing up a substitute for black? It's partly the fault of the Impressionists (such as Renoir and Monet) and statements they made about shadows not being black and how it should never be used.



It's partly because using black to darken colors easily results in muddy colors. This is especially true amongst beginners. That’s why I don’t use black. Black from a tube can be a very flat and dull color. Whereas chromatic black is a much more complex, interesting color, with a subtlety that straight black lacks.