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Pre Just Paint Excitement!

8 August, 2007 (17:58) | Paint Ideas

Sorry for being such a negligent blogger, simply no excuse!
I wanted to share that we’ve been working on the next Just Paint and I am so excited about this issue. I’m not going to give away the content now other than to suggest that it is providing some basic information that they just didn’t teach in art school!

I did want to share how wonderful the process is in creating these Just Paint newsletters. I get to work with some of the most talented and passionate artists, scientists, art technologists, curators and conservators in a very detailed and precise process to assure that the information that we are providing is as up to date as we can possible make it. The staff here that take on writing assignments are incredibly engaged in a wonderful opportunity of discovery that they then share with all of us. It is at this level that we also understand how much about art materials that we truly do not know. You’d think that with all of the people working for so long on these topics that everything that could possibly be known is already amassed in our body of knowledge. Even the most simple topic of canvas or grounds is still surrounded by mystery. This process of investigation, research and analysis, continues to excite me. To think that some of these materials have been around for hundreds of years and there is still more to learn.

Don’t miss Just Paint #17. You’ll never look at your canvas the same again!




Comment from C. L. Curole
Time: August 29, 2007, 10:40 pm


So when is it coming out, anyway?

Comment from Mark Golden
Time: August 30, 2007, 4:52 pm

I’m hoping it will be out in the mail by the third week in September. I am thrilled with how it has turned out and can’t wait to finally get it out to folks… soon… Mark

Comment from barrett
Time: September 3, 2007, 5:46 pm

looking forward to the next issue!

and thank you SOOOO MUCH for sending it out for free!!!

Comment from paul harryn
Time: September 6, 2007, 3:02 pm

rising anticipation … can’t wait to see it Mark … i guess the stuff they didn’t teach in art school is why you have so many people painting. as long as there are new and great products coming out of new berlin we just keep on doing it. hope everyone had an enjoyable and productive summer.
best regards.

Comment from Dennis
Time: September 28, 2007, 4:34 pm

Which lasts longer, watercolor or oil?

Comment from shauna
Time: September 30, 2007, 9:34 pm

Have you ever considered printing Just Paint in color? Since Golden is known for their unique colors I think it would be to your benefit for people to see the Golden colors in the newsletter. Just thought I would give my input.

Comment from Mark Golden
Time: October 2, 2007, 5:23 pm

Dennis, good question… but one without a great answer. If your watercolor is protected behind glass and created on quality artist paper using fine artist grade watercolor, and exhibited or stored in an environment that is not subject to extremes in temperature or humidity, it will survive a good long time.
The same conditions would also apply to a well constructed oil painting. Subject either to environmental extremes and you’ll begin to see failure of both. The oil paint film tends to be much stronger and more protective then a watercolor paint. This protects the contained pigments from attack by moisture, pollution and many solvents. So by itself it is incredibly durable. But even an oil is subject to change over time, increasing in brittleness and yellowing. The binder in the watercolor just holds the pigment in position and offers little protection from the environment, hence the need for glass.

Why the question… just curious? Mark

Comment from Mark Golden
Time: October 2, 2007, 5:27 pm

Shauna, we’d love to print every “Just Paint” issue in color. But honestly it becomes a burden of quite an additional cost. Most people who request the Just Paint ask for it via the web and of course all the photos are in color on our website.

When we’re sharing new product information where color is critical, we try to make sure these pages are printed in color. We realize that black and white images just won’t cut it sometimes!

Thanks for the comments. I’ll make sure this gets shared with the folks in technical support that want us to do everything in color! Regards, Mark

Comment from Dennis
Time: October 5, 2007, 10:49 am

The reason I asked was that I have a book that is part of my mythology library: “In the Beginning”. Your watercoloring as stunning. I want to learn how to paint portraits and I want whatever medium I work in to have the longest lifetime since I’m putting in the effort.

Just incredible work you do in this book. Do you have a book that teaches your technique? Watercolor seems to be ‘negative space painting’. That is, the highlights are unpainted areas which require, I would think, a complete visual image in the mind. White oil paint can always be added but in watercolor, the highlights are what is NOT painted. The process seems reflective in a couple of senses: internal process and ‘not painting’.

Comment from Mark Golden
Time: October 6, 2007, 2:24 pm

Dennis, I think you first pick the medium that works with you and your passion. Not the other way around. Whether it be watercolor, oil or acrylic and any other medium, if you use a quality professional product you have a great chance of it lasting well into the future.

If you love watercolor… paint in watercolor… Regards, Mark

Comment from Dennis
Time: October 11, 2007, 12:28 pm

Please keep me on your list when the day comes when you write a book on watercoloring.

I’m still stunned by your work in the book “In the Beginning: Creation stories from around the world.”

Is there another artist’s book that would come close to your skill?

Best regards

Comment from Cheryl
Time: October 30, 2007, 12:49 pm

I am not exactly sure if this is the proper venue for this question; but here goes. My father was an avid painter and I inherited several tubes of unopened Belinni Bocur paints. I realize there is still a market for these remarkable paints; how would I go about selling them??

Series 7 – Artist’s Oil – White (Zinc/Titanium) 150cc – 10 tubes
Series 7 – Fast Drying Underpainitng Oil Color Artist’s Oil – White 150cc – 2 tubes
Series 1 – Artist’s Oil – White (Zinc/Titanium) 150cc – 2 tubes
Bellini Artist’s Oil – 40cc
Series 2 – Oxide Chromium
Series 4 – Bellini Blue
Series 4 – Bellini Green
Series 5 – Cadium Yellow Medium
Series 4 – Cobalt Blue
Series 4 – Alizarin Chrimson
Series 1 – Flesh
Series 4 – Manganese Blue
Series 1 – Green Earth
Series 6 – Bellini Rose Red
Series 1 – Raw Sienna
Series 1 – Mars Violet
Series 1 – Burnt Umber
Series 1 – Zinc White
Series 1 – Mars Brown
Series 1 – Indian Red
Series 4 – Manganese Violet
Series 3 – Ultra Marine Red
Series 2 – Ultra Marine Blue
Series 1 – Mars Black
Series 3 – Rose Madder
Series 6 – Bellini Violet
Series 1 – Venetian Red
Series 2 – Prussian Blue
Series 5 – Cadium Yellow
Series 5 – Cadium Yellow Deep

Do you know anything about Weber Malfa Artists’ Oil Color (37ml) ???

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Comment from ChildrenFurnitureFour
Time: January 26, 2008, 4:05 pm


Just wanting to say great work!

Comment from Justin Shepherd
Time: May 23, 2008, 6:30 pm

I don’t know if anybody is going to read this, but I am trying to find out how old my box of watercolor paints are. The box shows:
Water color paint box
Containing twenty-four tubes Malfa Water Color
Pure, Brilliant and Reliable
Water Color Palette and Brushes

Manufactured by
F. Weber Co.
Philadelphia, U.S.A.

No-43 M-24

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