“Leaf Dances” in Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival, an online arts festival, has included my Leaf Dances paintings in its website. The URL for this feature is https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/art/bob-young. Please also go to the festival’s homepage to see online theatre, dance, and other visual arts events. The Festival’s Founder Nick Green, a Toronto actor and playwright, started the festival to […]

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Works Available Online from Art Noise Gallery

The Shop the Gallery area of Art Noise's online shop.

Due to COVID19, you can’t access my exhibition at Art Noise (Kingston, ON) until further notice. But you can view and purchase any of the paintings online. For the online shop, go to https://www.artnoise.ca/virtual-gallery.html. There you’ll see a slide show of the entire Leaf Dances exhibition. To view or purchase an individual painting, scroll down […]

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“Leaf Dances” on Until April 17 at Art Noise

My exhibition “Leaf Dances,” of eighteen acrylic semi-abstracts of leaves, opened March 6, 2020, at Art Noise in Kingston, ON. The show runs until April 17, 2020. Art Noise is at 290 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. View a Google map here. Early Sales On opening night, two pieces sold: Ash Blues, 36 x 36 in., […]

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Oak Dances: Research & Prep Video

Video still from Oak Dances video - Bob Young - Visual Artist

Watch a two-minute video of my research and preparation for the 10-painting series “Oak Dances.” The clip shows my selection of six species of oak, how I overlap them sequentially like a musical round, and how I generate a random grid for each painting in the “Oak Dances” series.  

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Video of My Process

Paintings Processes - video of artist Bob Young

A two-minute video of my process for the painting “White Oak Leaves,” acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. The film focuses on the early stages: brushing in the main shapes with liquid, dripping paint; spattering with a painting knife and a toothbrush.  

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The Why and How of Varnishing Acrylics

Brush applying varnish to a painting

For many years, the consensus was that acrylic paintings didn’t need to be — or couldn’t be — varnished. But in the last couple of decades, conservation science and technology have developed varnishes for the acrylic medium. Why Varnish? Artists’ acrylic paint, when dry, is porous enough to collect dust and dirt. And any paint film may […]

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