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CRYSTAL DESPAIN

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THE PURSUIT OF ART IS THE PURSUIT OF TRANSCENDENCE. 
 

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Recent SHOWS AND AWARDS

Certificate of Excellence - Portrait Society of America, The International

4th Place - Portrait Society of America, Members Only Show

Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America, Fall Show

   

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) - International Members only Online Exhibition

American Impressionist Society - All Member Online Exhibition

Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition

UPCOMING SHOWS

Colorado Governor's Show - Loveland, CO 

Certain Women Show-  Provo, UT

Oil PAINTING Basics
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Oil PAINTING Basics

This is a QUICK overview of oil painting, including some background, SUGGESTED SUPPLIES for getting started, and STUDIO SAFTEY. This is the first video in my series for Beginner Oil Painters. Suitable for the absolute beginner, to the artist looking for a most basic refresher. Let me know if the comments what other Beginner topics or questions you would like to see me cover in this series. I ANSWER EVERY ART QUESTION I GET so feel free to ask away in the comments. CORRECTION-- Oxidation is the correct spelling- Apparently I was using the French spelling- It looks prettier that way so maybe all is forgiven? Suggested Supplies from Video: OIL PAINT STARTER SETS (Personal Favorite brands are Williamsburg and Michael Harding) Windsor and Newton Paints https://amzn.to/3OrjLj2 https://www.jerrysartarama.com/mich ael-harding-handmade-artists-oil-colours-starter-set-of-6-40ml-tubes?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA_OetBhAtEiwAPTeQZ2o1m4yjPW2aT_AEQSGbK56N8gAqWkWlG_DgXHtf5aijlPAgrI07TRoCWRwQAvD_BwE https://www.dickblick.com/items/m-graham-solvent-free-oil-color-set-with-free-mediums-37-ml-tubes/ OMS SOLVENT AND SOLVENT REPLACEMENTS https://amzn.to/3SKnL0A PALETTE Wood and Glass https://amzn.to/42xyj6I STUDIO SAFTEY Fire and Health https://amzn.to/48WSvkE BRUSHES My Favorites (Rosemary and CO) https://www.rosemaryandco.com/brush-sets/for-oils/alla-prima-set Other Good Options: https://amzn.to/3HLBu0T SUPPORTS Student Grade: Canvas Pads https://amzn.to/3UxhZRv Professional Grade: Raymar Pannels https://www.raymarart.com/collections/archival-painting-panels Trekell https://www.trekell.com/ Artefex https://www.artefex.biz/which-panel-is-right-for-you/ OIL PAINTING MEDIUMS Linseed Oil Gel https://www.naturalpigments.com/oleogel-150ml.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5fetBhC9ARIsAP1UMgHg4o2R81XqVg0V9Zj9otmN8bY5kF-FqkxwCmlU-IXrgrvoedzVjEwaAil0EALw_wcB Other Options https://amzn.to/3u9d12A
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Original Paintings  

Each original is crafted with archival quality, thoughtfully selected materials and represents years of training and commitment.  ​ A work of art is not truly finished until it has found its collector; that is when our stories (collector and artist) collide.

Little Hare

Little Hare Oil 18 x 11 AIS 4th annual All Member Online Exhibition 2023 Available $1900

Millie in Dots

Millie in Dots Oil 11 x 14 Award of Excellence Western Regional Exhibit Oil Painters of America Available $1900

Little Dreamer

Little Dreamer Oil 11 x 14 4th Place - PSOA Members Only Competition Honorable Mention- OPA Fall Showcase AIS All Member Online Exhibition Available $1900

Secret Places: Self Portrait with Locket

Secret Places: Self Portrait with Locket Oil on Panel 12x16 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition 2023 SOLD

Ode to Chuck

Ode to Chuck 18 x 14 "Award of Merit" Colorado Governor's Show 2023 Available $1900

La Primavera

La Primavera Oil on Panel Colorado Governor's Show 2023 Available $2100

Aria

Aria Oil on panel "Select 50" Portrait Society of America 2022 SOLD

Vaquero

Vaquero Oil 20 x 30 2nd place OPA Fall Showcase 2021 Colorado Governor's Show 2021 SOLD

Sisters at Rest

Sisters at Rest Oil 8 x 10 "Artist's Choice" Award Colorado Governor's Show 2023 SOLD

Overlook

Overlook 9 x 12 Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions 2023 SOLD

Curtains

Curtains Oil 18 x 18 2nd Place OPA Summer Showcase 2022 SOLD

"My need to paint and my need to write come from the same place; My love for connection, for people, for having the right tool to say the right thing. I paint when I can't find the words, and write when I can't see the shapes"


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