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Chris Cozen, Artist
Pasadena, CA
Mixed Media Artist, Author, and Teacher, Certified Working Artist, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Interests: Anything and everything related to Acrylic painting, art, and color.
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Victoria, If you are using acrylics on Yupo there is no need of a fixative. They are permanent.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Playing with color... at Artful Thinking
There is such exuberance in this piece done on Yupo using both High Flow Acrylics and Fluid acrylics from Golden Artist Colors, Inc. When I go to the studio and I need to unwind these are the products I reach for these days. The Yupo surface is smooth and non-absorbent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Artful Thinking
Thanks so much!
It's been a banner year for stencils and I'm enjoying the opportunity to play with the new designs coming my way from Lisa and Michael are releasing more wonderful designs this month named Quasicrystals in a set of four individual stencils: Penrose, Fibo,Infra, & Quasi. Naturally you can purchase... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Artful Thinking
I've had so much fun playing with some new stencils from over the last couple of weeks. This new stencil set is called "Sacred Hearts" and typically would not be something I might pick up to work with in my usual style. As you already know, I'm usually into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Artful Thinking
It is spring and the world is awakening in all shades of green. I love green. I think of it as magical and life-affirming. When I was a small child and my only art materials were crayons and a coloring book I would co,or all the page with other colors... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Artful Thinking
Hi Marisa, I'm sorry to say this has already been sold. Thank you so much for your interest in my work.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Here's to tenacity... at Artful Thinking
Lately I seem to be painting a lot of landscapes. There is something quite expansive about a horizon line that develops across the canvas, allowing me to reach far beyond where I can see from where I stand. Rarely are these compositions based on someplace real. Mostly they are an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Artful Thinking
I am often asked "how do you begin a painting?" I think it is time to offer an answer. My first decision is always about what surface I am going to paint upon. Why? Because different surfaces call for different products or techniques. Yes, it is true that you can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Artful Thinking
It's nearing the end of another year. 2013 has been amazing all around. The success of our book Acrylic Solutions and the DVD's that pair with it has been energizing, along with the fun project of designing stencils with Artistcellar. I've done more than my share of teaching this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Artful Thinking
Linda, You are the winner! Will see that your stencils are sent soon!.
She stood with her back to the sun...12/2013 GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCED 12/24/13! I am ALWAYS happy to receive new stencils in the mail to work with. When I first opened Jill Berry's new designs I will have to say I was not only happy, but very inspired. I love text and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Artful Thinking
I'm part of an international artful adventure called "Soul Food" which launches in December. I was asked to participate many months ago and it has been a work in process for all the particpants. The very nature of the title compelled me to participate for a number of reasons. First... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Artful Thinking
You all already know how I love stencils and that I use them a lot. I've loved stencils for a very long time and it is such a pleasure to see wonderful designs popping up almost daily. Artistcellar has released a new set that is delightfully whimsical and it arrived... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Artful Thinking
Of all the thousands of pictures I took when we spent a month in Italy recently, I chose this one to talk about today. Why? This small patch of wall was found in a hill city in Tuscany and is a testimony to the tradition of reusing and reinventing. Found... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Artful Thinking
For the last few weeks I've been taking a hard look at some of my old work to determine just what is really worth saving and what needs to move on or move out. It might have something to do with the time of the year. We are approaching the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at Artful Thinking
Drusilla! I love your work. I think your linocuts are amazing and your color sense is very like mine. Thanks for posting!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on A little bit of magic... at Artful Thinking
It always amazes me how something catches on. Take the Gelli Plate for example or stencils. I see so many posts about people making page after page of prints on their Gelli plate using various stencils. My curiosity is up. What are you doing with all of these prints? My... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Artful Thinking
It's been awhile since I've blogged, so I think it is time to reflect on how things are going. When I first shifted from a career in education to a career as an artist I did not calculate what it would mean to me. Art was always my "go to"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Artful Thinking
One of the very best things about being an artist today is the opportunity to meet (both in person and through cyberspace) and collaborate with other amazing artists from all over the globe. I am a big fan of collaborative projects. Working with other artists to fulfill a dream project... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Artful Thinking
Hi Julia, I hear what you are saying. Sometimes we get fixated on a specific outcome which we want to achieve. If you are not really comfortable with your process then this "need" to achieve may be in conflict with working at your optimum. Break down your "design" into the layers. Ask yourself, Can I save a step if I really create an amazing background first before I lay down my design. Think it through so you are not actually creating more work and pressure for yourself! Good luck. Go for it either way.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2013 on Investing in the process... at Artful Thinking
Alexandra, thanks for commenting and sharing. I look at my work now and look at what I did two years after I first started painting seriously and see a huge world of difference. I too think it is exciting to approach a fresh new canvas, but am appreciating more and more the opportunity to rework an old piece that no longer satisfies me. Thank you for appreciating my work and for the honor of being a guide for you. Have you considered taking any of the classes I teach online? You can find them here:
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2013 on Investing in the process... at Artful Thinking
Jeannie, you are right. No time like the present and life is too short not to get in there and go for it. Pick your favorite colors and find out what happens when you start mixing them. Stick with 3 to start and go up from there. If we stop listening to the old music in our head we can groove on some new tunes that say "Yes" I can. Let me hear how you get on.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2013 on Investing in the process... at Artful Thinking
Sandy, Maybe you should try to translate what you love in art to needle and thread. I am giving you permission to try a piece of mine that you like. I'd love to see what you did with that process. Needlework counts up there as classic in terms of history's contributions to art. The Unicorn tapestries are so magnificent. What do you say, are you game?
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2013 on Investing in the process... at Artful Thinking