|Art O'Connor Grimly Mixing Paint|
When Contemplating the Act of Making an Art Object consider the following:
Q: Are you naturally lazy?
A: If so buy ready made paint!
Ready made paint comes in all sorts of varieties. You might come across names like Oil, and Gouache, Watercolor and even Acrylics. These are all varieties of paint. Then there are things like House Paint, Nail Varnish and Food Coloring. Hardware stores might even give you old, dented and rusty cans of paint for free! If you are sensitive to smell many of these options will not be viable choices. Don’t let this upset you. Either you are willing to die young for your art and will put small matters like toxic fumes and poisonous content out of your mind concerned as you are only for how the paint works for you. Does it do what you need it to do? Is it satisfactorily viscous? Are the range of colors offered in the line of your choice adequate to meet your coloring needs? Does surface application feel good? Does it SMELL good? The more limitations the better! Limitations mean less choices and less choices mean a narrower focus and, with practice, concision and may even result in Art!
A: Buy ready made paper or/and ready stretched and primed canvas.
Only a masochist stretches and primes their own canvas, or hand makes their own paper, and then goes on to mash and grind their own pigments—a masochist or a trust fund baby with Time to Kill, and/or...(horror of horrors) assistants/unpaid interns on hand to help!
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