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Scratchbord 101

Many artists are just now learning about Ampersand’s extraordinary surfaces. This back-to-basics series was created to help differentiate between our various panels, as well as to provide a product review for the experienced Ampersand user. In our previous “101” post, we looked at Claybord. Today, we will look at Claybord’s sister surface – Scratchbord. Continue Reading >>

Featured Artist: Andrea Pramuk

I think of myself as a painter. I love art materials, painting and making pictures, always have. The most important thing as an artist is to do the work and do it every day. Ideas evolve more quickly and in order to master the craft, you have to practice, just as you would with a musical instrument, same thing, same kind of discipline.

Andrea describes herself as an illuminator of surfaces, creating organic, drawing based abstractions. She states, “Painting feels as natural to me as breathing, allowing the light to determine the composition, the sense of space can be ethereal, airy and soft. Even though I use a simplistic subject matter and color palette, the ideas and spaces are complex and deep.” Continue Reading >>

Ampersand 101: Claybord

Welcome to the fourth installment in our continuing series of “101” features on Ampersand Bords. Many artists are just now discovering our panels and this back-to-basics series is designed to help distinguish between our different surfaces, and to provide a review for the Ampersand veterans. In this article, we are going to look at our signature (and very first) product – Claybord. Continue Reading >>

John Cruz – Searching for the Emotional Connection

It’s hard not to get swept up in the work of Austin, Texas artist John Cruz. His paintings are at once recognizable and yet abstracted. Not only abstract in the customary execution, but also in the range of feelings that his imagery evokes. His subjects are identifiable – bokeh’ed representations of simple scenes and objects laced with pop-art sensibility. John looks for instantly relatable common themes and extorts their social commentary while shading them with a bit of humor. Ultimately, the subjects in his paintings take a backseat to the emotions they conjure up, which is exactly what he strives for. Continue Reading >>