Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials
Upper Gallery, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, 6:30pm.

Since our founding, Gamblin Artists Colors has handcrafted luscious oil colors and contemporary
mediums true to the working properties of traditional materials, yet safer and more permanent.
Gamblin's dedication to today's oil painters extends beyond offering the finest possible materials – we
believe in sharing our knowledge so painters can choose those materials that best support their own
artistic visions.

Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials, a 90 minute Lecture Demonstration will cover the

Artist’s Oil Colors – Gamblin’s approach to color making
Color Theory – 2-dimensional vs 3-dimensional Color Space
Color Mixing – Navigating Color Space: Gamblin’s practical approach to color mixing
Mineral vs Modern Pigments – How to create a personalized palette of colors
Indirect vs Direct Techniques – Historical application of opaque and transparent colors
FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors – Benefits and uses of fast-drying, matte oil colors
Galkyd Painting Mediums – Focus on working properties and choosing the right medium
Building Permanent Paintings – Understanding Fat Over Lean approaches
Supports, Sizing and Grounds – How they affect color and permanence
Studio Safety - How to create a safe studio environment using Gamsol OMS
Gamvar Picture Varnish – Understanding contemporary varnishes and controlling surface quality


Information about the speaker:

Sarah Becktel graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 2005 with a BFA in painting. She has since been exhibiting her art throughout the U.S., working out of her studio in Newark, NJ. Sarah has continued her studies of figurative drawing and painting at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York. Sarah is a member of ASTM International's subcommittee for artist materials, where she helps to revise and maintain standards and lightfastness testing. Sarah's artwork can be seen at:

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