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Keith Mantell was raised on Long Island. As a child and young adult, taking painting lessons with many local artists including Cara Cohen, Gerald Fairclough and Alfred Van Loen, he began a lifelong love and career with art.This led to an education in the arts with a B.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz where he studied with Hoffmann disciple Alex Minewski and post graduate courses at The National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York and C.W. Post College. After a stint at Sotheby’s and managing a gallery in Southampton for 10 years, it was time to get back to the creative side. Becoming a full time artist in 2007 and living the dream has proven to be the right choice . “As a contemporary realist inspired by the likes of Manet and Sargent, I use reality as a starting point and try to capture the essence of a particular scene. Design first! Then breaking down the landscape or still life into forms and color that work together to form an interesting and cohesive composition. Taking the natural light into consideration I then let the paint decide how it wants to flow. The painting becomes its own thing. That premise has roots in the abstract expressionist idea that it’s not about the image but about what the paint can convey. Sometimes all it takes is one brushstroke to make the point. The color may not be exactly true to life and elements may flow together but the goal is to make a fresh and spontaneous painting.” Now living on Long Island’s East End, the natural beauty of the area has inspired a series of ‘en plein air’ paintings of local genre including vineyards, farm fields, and the rugged coastline. “I want to capture all of these places before we lose them.”

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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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