Olive Reich

Olive Reich has for many years studied the intricate colors, shapes and patterns of nature.  Olive has etched out her own intriguing style.  As for her illusive media, she says, “The beauty of transparent watercolors is that you can play with areas, designing them and letting the glow move through your painting.”  Olive has numerous awards to her credit.  As Robert Henri stated, “Each man must take the material he finds at hand,...and then express in his art whatever is the cause of his pleasure.”  Olive’s hope is that the cause of her pleasure is expressed through her work, and in turn conveyed to the viewer who can momentarily be transformed in some significant way.  What more beautiful gift than to participate in a artist’s vision.

"I believe that the real purpose of art is the state of caring. I want to take those who look at my work away from the anxiety of worldly upsets and problems, and give them some joy. Every day the media barrages us with multiple terrible events that create stress and sadness within us. I want my paintings to give viewers a chance to see things in order and goodness. To create a reality of beautiful colors, patterns, lights, darks, and rhythm together creating a joyful entity. We need spiritually to take more time to appreciate the wonders of nature and the ordinary beauty of everyday things. I hope in some small way that I have been successful in this purpose."

"Summerview" by Olive Reich

Encaustic Art
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which resins and colored pigments are added. This results in a paste like meduim which is applied to a surface such as prepared wood or canvas.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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