Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shaken, Not Stirred

I was invited to participate in a local fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum of Art called "Shaken, Not Stirred".  It's a martini glass auction and cocktail party to raise money for Lead with the Arts and educational programs at the museum.  Lead with the Arts is an art studio experience for local high school students where they receive mentoring by professional artists and educators while developing their artistic skills.  I think it's a great program!

Ten artists were asked to paint and decorate two sets of martini glasses for the auction.  We were provided with glasses and a gift certificate for Vitrail paints, which are gorgeous!!  I took pictures in the sun for the full glitter affect.  


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Friday, April 13th,  7-10pm
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

Monday, March 05, 2012


sarah siltala
"Daybreak"  16"x16"

Velatura.  I love this word, it just rolls off the tongue,  Veeelllllatuuuuuuraaaa..   Velatura is somewhere in between a glaze and a scumble.  It is a thin, milky glaze that is semi-transparent and acts like a veil somewhat obscuring detail when it is applied.  A scumble is more opaque and is rubbed over the surface, or dragged across a surface which only reveals the underpainting due to the texture of the painting.  A velatura completely covers the surface and is juicier than a scumble due to the amount of medium in it.  I often use velaturas, any opaque paint will become semi-transparent when you add enough medium to it-- thus becoming a velatura.  I often use this type of application in landscapes, they create beautiful atmosphere.