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Valerie Erichsen Thomson

Joined Artfinder: March 2015

Artworks for sale: 166

(82)

United States

Updates from Valerie Erichsen Thomson's studio

  • Zero waste, zero plastic, non toxic pigments

    Zero waste, zero plastic, non toxic pigments

    Since I started making my own archival paints with walnut oil (no fillers or additives), I have sourced non toxic fine art pigments that come packaged the old fashioned way in brown paper wrapped in jute twine. Simpler is better. When I get ready to use these I will store in reused glass jam and pasta sauce jars with metal lids. So satisfying to create work responsibly and support businesses doing the right thing too.

    29 July 2022

    Making my own paints

    Making my own paints

    Glass mullers for grinding pigment particles in oil. What I like about making my own oils is no plastic tubes or packaging in the landfill, and no fillers or additives in my paint to reduce color intensity. (If I mix up a large batch of paint, I use aluminum tubes to store the paint.) Seems like a good way to be more environmentally responsible while getting the most brilliance from my paint. I have also transitioned to walnut oil which is clearer than linseed oil and has more than double the fire point that linseed oil has, so much so that unlike linseed oil, it isn't considered a combustible substance. The rags on which we clean our brushes can spontaneously combust. The old masters used these methods. Hand grinding and walnut oil. Sometimes progress isn't.🥸

    06 July 2022

    Thank you to the hardworking men and women out there

    Thank you to the hardworking men and women out there

    During Covid, while many of us are/were hunkered down keeping safe, hard working unsung heroes for private couriers and postal services keep/kept things rolling, including moving large paintings from my home to buyers in the US and overseas. And they do/did it with a smile. Thank you.🧡

    13 September 2021

    A few of my solvent (and animal) free tools

    A few of my solvent (and animal) free tools

    In the orange mug is an inch or so of walnut oil that I keep my brushes in while painting. They keep safely this way for a long time, conditioning the filaments, no solvents used, inhaled, or released into the air, and when the mug is full of brushes, I wash them with soap and water. The short handled brushes (currently my favorites) feel great in the hand for the immediacy I like and they use fewer resources (wood) for the shorter handle, and have synthetic bristles, so no animals parts from our furry friends.

    23 April 2021

    Resident four footed helper

    Resident four footed helper

    My four footed companion likes to be involved whatever is happening.

    04 April 2021

    Yay For Healthworkers Everywhere

    Yay For Healthworkers Everywhere

    Lovely to receive this in the mail from North Middlesex University Hospital. I sent one of my paintings when given the opportunity by ArtFinder asking if anyone would like to send a painting to help soothe and brighten wellbeing rooms for hospital staff needing to decompress. One of many reasons I love ArtFinder.

    19 June 2020

    Stay safe everyone

    Stay safe everyone

    Took me a few tries to cobble together a mask with what I have inhouse. Think I'm better at painting than sewing😋 Stay well. Stay safe.

    09 April 2020

    Nice new white wall

    Nice new white wall

    Holding a painting (sold, thank you collector) against the newly painted white studio wall. All that white is inspiring.

    22 March 2018

    Taking down the paintings from the studio wall

    Taking down the paintings from the studio wall

    Taking down the paintings from my studio wall, while it gets a fresh coat of paint (green to white), means I get to see my paintings up close and personal again. I do love the colors!

    22 March 2018

    Artist Of The Week

    Artist Of The Week

    To read the full feature, please navigate to Artfinder's blog (link at the bottom of the home page).

    27 August 2017

    How I began the first day of 2017

    How I began the first day of 2017

    How an artist begins the first day of a new year...if she's lucky....packing two paintings for pick up by couriers. And I am getting faster and better at doing this, which is good because I'm getting older and slower. Thank you for your support. Happy New Year.

    01 January 2017

    My cozy little studio. I love it.

    My cozy little studio. I love it.

    27 July 2016

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