Use the Medium You Prefer: Acrylic, Oil or… Crayon?

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"Mark Twain"

"Mark Twain" by Don Marco - Master Crayon Artist

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time surfin’ the web trying to scope out products, hints, ideas that I can share with you.  There’s a LOT of amazing stuff out there – - which is where article this is going to fall in to. That “other stuff” that’s out there.

Little side track here from our normal discussions.  Since I know a lot of you have some sort of artsy background – or you wouldn’t be all that interested in faux finishing, right?  Anyway… I thought you might find this really interesting.  Not just interesting…amazing!!

Like I said, I was dinking around on the internet looking for some cool faux finish stuff when I came across this site.  A good friend had sent me this information some time ago and I’d totally forgotten about it.  Was thrilled to find it again.

I get asked often, “What medium do you use?”  It’s a difficult question to answer for me because I don’t like to be “limited” to ONE thing.  Just like you like to finish different rooms in different styles.  The finish I painted in my bedroom is WAY different than the finish I painted in my kitchen.

So back to “mediums”.  When people ask me that, I tell them…it depends.  Which is true.  Depends on what mood I’m in and what I’m working on.   If it’s a canvas or paper or wall.  Just like you!  Sometimes acrylic is appropriate and other times you just have to use oil.  As stinky as it may be…sometimes its just the best choice.

What this artist does is work magic with crayons and paper.  No no…not on walls.   In actual art works.   Thinking about your basic crayon as an artistic tool puts all my “shopping for new faux painting tools and paint” trips in perspective.  And how…

The Master C r a y o l a Artist…
Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920′s.  As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life’s career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973.

Much of his spare time was spent as a professional artist. Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring he published his first print. Living in Southern California, his work was in demand.

The picture I posted above – “Mark Twain” – is just one of his amazing drawings done with crayons.  I was impressed at all the portraits he’s done but he’s done landscapes as well.  To see more of his amazing work just click here:  More crayon art.

So…what medium do you prefer?  ;)

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