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All Things Ampersand

Featured Gallery Artist: Steven Roswick

 

October 1897 #1, 24″ x 24″,
oil stick and collaged fragments of New York Herald from Oct 1, 1897 on Claybord


Steven Roswick takes mixed media to a whole new level by introducing truly vintage newspapers into his work, and he credits his past work at the United Nations in directing the cultural influences of his work. 

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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The Versatility of Claybord

Claybord™ is our most versatile board, in fact, the creation of Claybord is how Ampersand got its start.

 
Louise LeBourgeois
The Far Away #539, 30″ x 60″, oil on Claybord, 2015 by Louise LeBourgeois

Claybord’s highly absorbent surface is created from kaolin clay; a velvety smooth coating that is similar to traditional egg tempera panels.  The surface is so ultra smooth that it is ideal for mounting work on paper, canvas, photography, or fabric.  This panel is beautiful for working in graphite, charcoal, and subtractive work like scratching, but it also is perfect for inks, acrylics, gouache, casein, airbrush, egg tempera and even oils, like the work of Louise LeBourgeoisClaybord is exceptionally forgiving, it accepts our brilliant inks with ease, but allows for “erasure” with our oil-free steel wool.  

 

Claybord comes in 1/8″, 3/4″ cradle, 1 1/2″ cradle and 2″ cradled edges, and in a huge variety of sizes from 5″ squares to 48″ panels.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Featured Artist: Dawn Emerson

EmersonNightOwl
Night Owl, 12″ x 24″, mixed media on Claybord
Emerson Owl
She Calls, mixed media on Claybord
Oregon artist, Dawn Emerson has been working in soft pastel for over 20 years, perfecting her technique and showcasing the beauty of her environment while gaining international recognition as both artist and instructor.  Below is her experience discovering Claybord.

“In the printmaking studio I belong to in Bend, Oregon, a lot of people were raving about the amazing surface of Claybord™.

As printmakers and painters, they were carving into the surface, using all kinds of media, and loving the fact that they could hang the cradled piece without a frame. Primarily a pastelist, I have been exploring mixed media, including monotypes, collography, and engraving for the past 8 years. I finally ordered a few 12×12 cradled Claybords about 2 years ago, when I was preparing for a one person show of horses to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse.

At first I couldn’t get pencil to work, nor color pencil, and I started throwing stuff on the surface in desperation. I washed all the stuff off, and noticed the surface was softer. I put sumi ink on it, and started scratching it off with a razor blade, then steel wool, and other tools. I loved the feeling of scratchboard I was getting, but unlike scratchboard, I could get grey tones, and marks left from the tools I was using. In order to get color with the black and white, I started using liquid water color and oil pastel.

Like most artists, I’ve had oil pastels hanging around forever, but couldn’t find a use for them or a surface to paint on that made sense. I wanted to see if they’d work on the Claybord, and decided to take off the wrappers and use them on the side. I am primarily a soft pastelist, and using pastels on the side is the way I always have worked. The result was exciting– the oil pastel layered just like my soft pastels on paper! I used Sennelier’s oil pastel fixative for oil pastels, and was delighted with the textural effect.

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On Alert, mixed media on Claybord

I did about 20 pieces, mainly horses. This was the most affordable show for me because I didn’t frame them, and the gallery was delighted with the coherent look of the show, and with the sales. Since then, I have incorporated ink, oil pastel, soft pastel, water color, pencil, and collage into the pieces, and continue to discover new ways to use the Claybord. The surface encourages me to create tools to make marks that will convey movement  in fascinating new ways.” ~ Dawn Emerson

 

EmersonHorses
Romp before Dusk, 12″ x 12″, ink on Claybord

The raven above, She Calls, was accepted into the 2015 Birds on Art Show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wasau, WI through November 29th and will go on national tour.  You can also find out more about Dawn’s upcoming workshops for this fall and next spring on her website, along with learning about exhibitions and seeing more of her current work.  www.dawnemerson.com

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Featured Gallery Artist: Cheryl Williams

 

Cheryl Williams
Oregon Coast, 24″ x 36″, 2014, acrylic on Claybord

Cheryl Williams‘ work is in residential and corporate collections around the world.  Besides painting abstract landscapes and contemporary works in acrylic, she sculpts and creates Prosperity Bowls.  

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Featured Gallery Artist: Scott David Finch

 

Scott David Finch
Untitled work by Scott David Finch

Scott David Finch is a member of the Baton Rouge Gallery and regularly exhibits there.  He gained his BFA from Louisiana State and MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.  You can find more of his work here:  scottdavidfinch.com

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.