Friday, March 15, 2013

The Joy of Facebook

I enjoy Facebook.  I probably spend too much time on it.  Today Debra Joy Groesser, whose work I love and admire, posted this.  Of course it was from Marc Hanson....another artist admire and enjoy.  And this is why Facebook has it's time and place.  On the positive side, so much good is shared.  

Shared from my good friend and wonderful artist, Marc Hanson...thanks Marc :)

This is a reasonably thought out statement about Beauty and Art. He was a wise man...

"Through our sense of vision we can get an impression from a picture which no sound on earth can transmit. And so with poetry or prose; each art speaks in it's own language, and cannot properly be translated one into another. Although each is equally beautiful the basis is not Beauty - Beauty is certainly not Art - Art is the expression of the Senses through the imagination, and the basis is truth" - EDWARD SEAGO

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gamblin....a wild story about Torrit Grey

Torrit Grey Competition

If you took all the pigments in the color spectrum and mixed them together, what color would you make?

Every spring, Gamblin Artists Colors collects a wealth of pigments from our Torit® Air Filtration system. We filter the air around the areas where we handle dry pigments so that our workers are not exposed to pigment dust. Rather than sending any of our high quality, expensive pigments into the landfill, Gamblin paint makers recycle them into "Gamblin Torrit Grey".

"Pigment dust should not go into the earth, water or landfill, but into paint," says Robert Gamblin.

Gamblin Torrit Grey on CopperThe mix of pigments is different every year, so Torrit Grey is always unique and will never be repeated. Torrit Grey tends to have a greenish tinge because of the great strength of the Phthalo Green pigment, which is a dark bluish green. Torrit Grey varies from a medium dove grey to a dark earthy grey.

We are now dating the tubes, so artists can collect them from year to year and enjoy the unique qualities of each edition. Whatever you create with these popular limited edition colors is solely up to you and your imagination.

Our Torrit Grey store promotion, which runs each year through the end of April in celebration of Earth Day, not only recycles pigment dust into paint but focuses artists on the importance of recycling, studio and environmental safety. Complimentary 37ml tubes of Torrit Grey are only available while supplies last through your local fine art materials retailer. Last year, we distributed more than 11,000 tubes of Torrit Grey! Limitations are often your greatest creative assets and it is remarkable what talented artists can achieve with a color palette limited to white, or black and Torrit Grey.

The Torrit Grey Painting Competition, conducted annually in the Fall, attracts more entries every year. In 2008, we received over 160 submissions from painters willing to take the challenge of making a value based painting using only Torrit Grey and any black or white oil paint. The competition is judged by Robert Gamblin and the winners receive a supply of Gamblin Artists' materials.

You can see the winning entries from the 2008 contest at Torrit Grey Winners. Torrit Grey Painting Competition entry forms are available from your local fine art materials retailer, and from our web site at Guidelines & Entry Form.

"We invite you to enjoy the paint today—to capture its subtle monochromatic excitement - because this special color will only exist next year as paintings," says Robert Gamblin.

Donaldson® Torit® has been improving industrial air quality for over 90 years. To learn more about the their various air filtration solutions, visit Donaldson Torit.

The colours make work seem like play!
Mix them together it gets better and better,
And the whole thing will turn
Torrit Grey!