Friday, October 21, 2011

Majestic Sunset painting give-away by Tye Schloer

Majestic Sunset - prize give-away
Tye Schloer, an artist and member of Art School Grad, has generously offered his painting Majestic Sunset as a prize give-away; follow the blog and comment to be eligible to WIN (painting shipped for free to the US and UK)

CHECK BACK on FRIDAY November 4th for the WINNER!  

Below is an interview with Tye:

1) How would you define your genre/style of art?

I define my art as a way to express and depict my thoughts and dreams and sometimes nightmares to canvas

Tye Schloer
2) What is your painting process?
My painting process could start with a random idea, a special thought, a photograph or maybe last night’s dream or nightmare. If it’s a big piece I will make my own canvas. I use solid compressed red oak for stretcher bars, and I use 17oz premium cotton canvas. I am a firm believer that you need to triple prime your canvas with lots of sanding in between layers. I like a really fine surface with the smallest tooth possible.  I have studied Dali's painting techniques for about 10 years now. I have no formal oil painting instruction, so I use his book, "50 Secrets to Magic Craftsmanship.”  I start out with using very thick dry compact paint, and I blend this out with natural hog hair brushes (mostly for the underpainting).  Next I use nothing but natural sable brushes to paint the overpainting. I usually have a well thought out plan of attack for the multiple layering I will be doing. 
Lately, I have been making a lot of diptychs and triptychs, with a lot of recurring images and scenes.

3) Who or what inspires you to create?

My wife is the one that pushes me the most to sit down and paint. Her artwork also gives me a lot of inspiration. I read a lot of books, mostly on old masters paintings. I have a decent collection of artist books going. I study Dali's work immensely. His paintings have had the largest impact on me and my painting. 

Dream Thievery by Tye Schloer
4) What have you learned from your experience as an artist and what advice might you give to others?
I just want to mention a few words to fellow artists and artist apprentices. "There will be times of great conflict with you and your art, whether it be an internal struggle within yourself or of an external matter or just the nasty stare of a blank canvas. You just have to keep on creating and believe in your self and what you are doing as an artist.

5) If you could have one wish granted (aside from having more wishes), what would it be and why?

I guess I would wish for a sit down discussion with Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Yves Tanguy. That would be the most unusual gathering of minds, and I would love to pick their brains apart! 

6) Do you have other interests, hobbies, jobs, etc. outside of working as an artist?

I love music. I have been a drum and bass DJ for over ten years now. I spin vinyl records, which is fast becoming a dying media and art form. I’m also starting to get into DNB production when I get time for it. Usually I just have enough time for painting.

Custom Portraits
7) Tell us something we don't know about you or your artwork.
I try to donate as many paintings as I can to various cancer research fundraisers. Last month I donated a triptych to a brain cancer silent auction to help raise money for brain cancer research. I also like to help out our brothers and sisters in uniform. I have given away a few paintings to veterans.

8) Where do you post/exhibit your paintings?
I mainly use etsy as my main tool to exhibit my art.  I used to have paintings in an art gallery downtown, but they are closed now. I made my first professional sale out of their at the young age of 20.

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