My VSUAL Shop Is Open: Prints on Demand

Go to Bob Young's VSUAL shop by clicking the Print Shop menu item.

If you’re interested in my paintings but can’t afford an original, check out my VSUAL shop. (Yes, that’s “visual” without the “i”.) My shop offers prints of my pieces on museum-quality paper. The VSUAL platform lets you buy one print or several, shipped to your address. If you’re in the United States, the VSUAL service […]

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“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 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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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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