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thegrindre

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on: September 13, 2011, 03:22:29 AM
Hi all,
Has anybody had any experience with SoHo Paints? Jerry's Artarama is selling these things for 99 cents a tube.
Is this one of those things that appears to be too good to be true?
Is this a really bad investment?

Being retired and on a fixed income, I can afford to buy all 55 'flavors' and still have a little change left over for food this month.  :2funny:

Seriously though...

Thanks,
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Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 10:57:45 PM
Firstly, I thought I'd share the 'write up' about these paints, and I quote:

SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors eliminate the need for student oils, providing first time artists and professional artists on a tight budget the use of "real" color with a buttery consistency, excellent pigment load and lightfast results. That way, once they can afford better, they can move up to a more expensive brand, already familiar with what a true oil color can do. Glazing is no problem with these colors, and palette knife painting is quick and expressive, just as you would expect from far more costly brands. If you are looking for the next step up in color, we recommend Lukas Studio Oil Colors.

Next thing is to show you a painting with them so, I'll share that as I go along...

Stay tuned for the latest developments...  :2funny:
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Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011, 11:51:30 PM
You definitely do NOT need to buy all 55 "flavours". In our studios we use at the most 8 colors and white and with these you can paint almost any color combination you need.

Unfortunately I cannot comment on that make as I have never even heard of them.
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Reply #3 on: September 21, 2011, 12:32:39 AM
That's very interesting, Dennis. If you guys only use about 8 colors plus white, would you mind listing them?
Because I am all in favor of using the basic colors to make all the other colors with.
I'm working up my own 12 section color wheel and thought that a 12 section color chart would do most anything I wanted to do.

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Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011, 02:38:06 AM
Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, French Ultramarine and Viridian (Nolan uses Sap Green instead)

I mix my Sap Green from Viridian and Orange and a tiny touch of Yellow.

With 6-color Color Wheel you can mix any color you like.
http://paintbasket.com/studios/blog/2011/07/18/mixing-paint-with-the-6-colour-colour-wheel/
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Reply #5 on: September 21, 2011, 06:32:53 AM
Thanks, Dennis. I prefer Sap Green as well.

OK, update on these SoHo paints. Firstly, they're from China. (Stated on the side of the tube.)
Secondly, I love 'em!!! Smooth and creamy from the tube and spreads on the canvas like silk. I've used three types of oils so far and these are wonderful and the best so far.
Blending is amazing and wet-on-wet works great. They seem to be smoother and creamier then Grumbacher paints.
I'm really sold on this stuff.

I'll keep you updated as time develops with this paint.

Here's the start of another painting with my new SoHo paints.

Got questions? Let 'em fly. I'll try to answer as best as I can, as new as I am in the hobby.
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Reply #6 on: September 21, 2011, 10:08:15 AM
Love your clouds - very natural looking and glad to see they are not the "cotton wool" type. Excellent that you have also added some variation of clouds as well. Can't wait to see the rest. Doing very well for a "Beginner" as most struggle to paint good looking clouds  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #7 on: September 21, 2011, 11:41:26 AM
Well thank you, Dennis. Makes me feel good to hear that from a professional.  :flowers:

OK, back to the SoHo painting and paints. I've finished the painting all in wet-on-wet with these oils.
I'm very impressed with SoHo. I love this paint. It flows like buttery silk, it's easy to clean up and to clean off a mistake on the canvas, too.
It flows and spreads very nicely. It's a little thinner then Grumbacher right out of the tube and seems to go farther. Grumbacher is a little 'stickier' then SoHo.

Here's the finished painting, although I may add a little tiny bit of greenery after the paint dries to try that aspect out with these paints.
I may even try a shadow glazing, too.

(I'll replace these shots with a scanned view after the paint dries.)

Waddaya think?
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Reply #8 on: September 21, 2011, 01:54:54 PM
Nice masonry work. The irregular skyline is as it should be - not a straight line as many do it. The rocks have very nice texture and grading in them but I find the shade color very monotonous to look at.

Take a look at the "doctored" one I very quickly did to show you how to give the painting more life and have the eye rove around the picture looking at the individual rocks. Do this and you won't need the glazing. Notice also the selected dark shadow areas as well as the varying highlights.



Now I'm waiting to see what you will do to add the focal point.
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Reply #9 on: September 21, 2011, 02:57:30 PM
The clouds and sky are excellent  :clap:  Have to agree though about the rocks, definately in need of some variance. The paints sound like a winner, and being easy on the cashflow is a real bonus. Good find.  O0
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Reply #10 on: September 22, 2011, 07:41:37 PM
Thanks, guys. I do agree completely and that's what's missing. I could see it but couldn't put my finger on it.

I'm planing on wiping off those stones, rather then starting another, still experimenting, mind you, to change the painting into something else all together.

I didn't really have a focal point in this piece. It was just a SoHo test painting.

Oh, forgot to mention that these paints don't say Student on the side of the tubes.

(SIDE NOTE: WOW! These forums are up and running like an Indy racer.  :2funny: Great improvement, whatever you guys did...)
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Reply #11 on: September 22, 2011, 08:44:01 PM
looking great so far Rick :clap:


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Reply #12 on: September 22, 2011, 10:03:08 PM
Don't wipe the rocks out. Just add the colors over what you have. Don't spoil what is the potential to be a good painting.
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Reply #13 on: September 23, 2011, 02:24:32 AM
He, he, don't panic, Dennis. Remember that the paints were only a dollar and so were the canvases.
I know you're shaking your head and saying, "Gee, these beginners won't listen to anything."
The paint's too wet for me to paint over it as I want to.
It's OK, I'm still experimenting with ideas and trying out stuff.  ;)

Thanks, tho...
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Reply #14 on: September 23, 2011, 05:35:02 AM
The pant has already dried so I had to paint over the rock wall. It's now a pond with lots of vegetation around it.

Thought I'd add the fact that these paints dry very fast, within days. I just love this stuff.
It appears to be a paint that's between fast drying acrylics and slow drying oils.
I'll keep you posted on this factor.
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