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Since acrylic is just another form of plastic, pouring it down your drains is a no-no; yet many painters do it.  Here are two easy things to do that will make a difference.

First, use a few plates (disposable or not is up to you) as palettes, rotating them when you need a cleaner surface.  But the real trick is to paint white over them at the end of a painting session, so that you can keep using them again and again.

You can also use freezer paper from the grocery store (or the art store freezer paper palettes if you’re flush), and after a few layers of paint have built up, the acrylic will just peel off.  You can either throw this in the garbage or cut it up and use it as collage elements in another painting.

By far the worst problem is pouring our brush-cleaning jars of water + acrylic down the drain.  Bad for the plumbing; bad for the environment.  I leave the jars overnight so the paint solids settle to the bottom, then drain off the water in the morning, and pour the solids plus a bit of the water that’s left into a 5-gallon bucket (I use a huge kitty litter bucket w a handle but many building supplies come in these buckets) and when it’s full, I put it near the heat vent so the water will evaporate off.. In the summer, I put it out in the sun (altho you have to keep an eye out for rain).  When the water is gone, the paint will peel right out if it’s a plastic bucket.

Of course you need a second bucket to use while the first one is evaporating:-)  But these little effort are really worth it to keep our painting passion more earth-friendly.

I’d be interested in any other ideas you acrylic painters out there have for “green” painting. Please share!

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This is something I get asked about a lot; what do they teach you in art school?  The short answer it that they don’t.  Anyone who has seen the movie “Art School Confidential” will come away no longer regretting that they “missed something”.

But (there’s always a but – right?) — even tho the teachers don’t do much teaching, what you do get is an amazing amount of studio time to develop your skill as you watch others and learn about the great artists of the past.  Each class (like sculpting 101) is called a “studio” and is 4 hours long. You have 2 studios/day, which means you are working at developing your art skills (painting, drawing, glassblowing, soldering, etc.) 8 hours a day, including Saturday.  That’s 48 hrs/week, and that doesn’t count time in the evening finishing up a piece or two.

That is how we really learn in art school  Learning to question, to try, to fail, to “see”, to steady the eye-hand coordination. And you do it YOURSELF!  Don’t ask me what the professors were doing; I vaguely remember them walking around:-)

I got off the track for a long time, but am now able to replicate this time spent honing my craft by painting every day and every hour that I can.  By going to the library and actually reading about the artists I was supposed to be studying back then. I have my own “studios”, and I’m teaching myself to use many different kinds of media, as well as cramming in all I can about color and composition.

We’re all self-taught; don’t you think?

So glad to report that my mojo is working again:-)  I don’t know how long it will stay, but I’m dee-lighted.  Trying lots of different things ……. playing and sketching.  So, most of it’s not proficient, but at least it’s happening!!

You’ll have to click on the “Yoga” pic to see that I’m working on fingers (and toes!).  The “Crazy Fried Eggs” is acrylic paint (which is really plastic) poured onto glass, then cured for 24 hrs, and lifted up and pasted down on the painting.  See, it isn’t just Jackson Pollack:-)  (whom I do not like).


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