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The takvorian-holmes gallery houses a myriad of landscape paintings, still-lifes and Plein-Air paintings created by an Armenian-American artist whose mastery of classic techniques brings a rich contemporary eye that takes traditional styles in exciting new directions. Jake Holmes.
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I would return the money paid for any Original Paintings if you dislike it after you have received it. I will ask you to pay for the return postage though. The refunding will happen when I receive the painting back in good condition.
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I like to paint in oil on stretched linen or prepared papers. For paper: I cover the paper with a coat of rabbit skin glue with dry pigments in it to make it impermeable to oil. I used Archival papers, Arches (hot pressed)300 or 150lb. En plein air I also use boards that I prime myself with a home made gesso (French chalk from Champagne with rabbit skin glue) but most often now I use paper (Arches). Successful sketches are glued on exterior birch plywood. I use Rabbit skin glue. For the stretched canvases, I prepare my own grounds. I order the stretchers from an Art supplier, Blick/Utrecht, I favor aluminum stretchers for large canvases since they are lighter than wood. The linen I favor is 74B. I prime the stretched linen with a chalk/oil gesso from a formula that was used by the old masters. It offers a wonderful surface that feels like ivory and makes the paint flows beautifully. However, that surface is delicate, therefore, I also often use an acrylic gesso ( Utrecht) that is a lot more flexible and less prone to cracks but requires a lot more build up, "work", unlike the gesso ground or the smooth paper surface. For my drawings I use Sennelier inks that I order from France. Black and also Broux de noix. for my "mixed media" work I use acrylics, Sennelier pastels and inks (and all sorts of other stuff I find in the studio) on hot press Arches papers.
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