This show will run from November 11 through December 1.
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Julia's Painting Tools:
I use professional grade Vasari paints almost exclusively. Vasari uses all natural pigments that they carefully handcraft in small batches according to 19th century methods. This makes the paints very pigmented and extremely durable, as they are made with the finest alkali refined linseed oil. This ensures purity of color and lush consistency. Many paints on the market these days are made with fillers such as chalk or wax and tend to have unnatural pigmentation and peel off from the canvas.
The panels I use almost exclusively are made in small batches by hand and have endured years of extreme testing for strength, durability and exposure. They are safe, rugged and permanent. They won’t warp, peel, blister or lose adhesion. Many canvases and masonite or wood panels tend to warp or sag over time, sometimes resulting in cracks on the surface of the paint. The panels I use have lasted for multiple decades. They are a full 1/2 inch thick, all wood, lightweight and require no bracing. They are primed on both sides with a polymer primer in a traditional light gray tone.
I also use Maroger medium to thin my paints. Flemish Maroger is an all-in-one painting medium. Its versatility and protective finish have been utilized for centuries. Maroger was discovered by Jacques Maroger, painter and former curator of the Louvre in the early 20th Century. Maroger worked to uncover the secret formulas used by Old Masters such as Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Velasquez, as well as others. Consisting of Black Oil and Mastic Varnish, this medium comes in the form of a soft jellyand is often referred to as liquid glass. The Maroger I use is cooked by an artist in New Mexico in small batches by hand.