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All Things Ampersand

Artist Panels 101: Primed Smooth and Canvas Texture

Ampersand Artist Panel Series panels are a wonderful way to experience panel painting on high-quality, durable surfaces. There are three distinct panels in this series, each with a unique surface and quality to help artists engage in their own creative process.

Earlier this year, we delved deep into the Unprimed Basswood Artist Panel. Today, we will conclude the Artist Panels 101 educational series by exploring the Primed Smooth and the Primed Canvas Texture Panels.

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Artist Profile: Shana Rowe Jackson

Shana Rowe Jackson was very young when she knew she wanted to be an artist.  She started teaching herself how to paint at the age of eight and by ten, she was calling herself an artist. Currently pursuing her Bachelors in Fine Art Degree at the University of Maine at Augusta, Shana has always enjoyed experimenting with many different styles and media and is continually looking for new ways to grow and learn.

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Student Artist Profiles with Micah Goguen

Artist Micah Goguen teaches about 50 students atelier style in weekly classes in the Middle Georgia Area. His overall vision is to focus and rededicate back to a “buy-local, shop-local” mentality that strengthens community through unity and purpose. Here are a few stories Micah wanted to share with us.

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Four Artists, 12 Months: Month #5 – “ISOLATION”

Yes, its month # 5 of a year-long collaborative project with our four artists creating on Ampersand Gessobord! Every month, these artists interpret a theme using a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord and the medium of their choice.  Then, at the end of 12 months, they will all come together for an exhibition. See our original post for the details of this wonderful collaboration.

The fifth month’s theme is “ISOLATION” and is to be interpreted using cantilever composition. A cantilevered composition is defined by large configuration entering the format from any side and ending within it. The cantilevered parts can connect with other parts o the composition, but occasionally they may stand alone. Cantilevered forms can also be met by similar ones approaching from the other side. Compositions based on this structure usually show the cantilevered segment as exerting a substantial amount of visual and physical weight that must be counterbalanced in some way!

Check out their work below to see their take using their own unique approach and style.

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