The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on August 30, 1959 · Page 2
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urasospon ana urazona oounty, T «IM, Sunday, and DOING: Painting Is A Pleasfltri Pastime For IndfaMucdists By'POLLY O'CONNELL Fbdi Newiwriter Few creative pursuits are as satisfying as painting. Whether the brush is in the hand of an amateur or a professional artist, the results are uniquely individual — unlike any other painting anywhere in the world. The painting is a combination of the artists preception, emotion, and technical knowledge. It displays a subject as the artist sees it and the way it is handled reveals are artist's feelings on the subject. Technical knowledge and instruction are certainly desirable to aid the artist in more skillful rendering the chosen subject on canvas, but they are not necessary prerequisites to taking up art. In {act, some people find greater pleasure in art by working entierly on their own. •When they paint a tree, a still life, or any subject, the end results are strictly and personally theirs, with no trace of an instructor's technique intermix, ed. Now, for those who want to try painting for the first time, the initial investment 'in materials can be as elaborate or as simple as the pocketbook dictates. A few of the basic colors In tube oils plus brushes and canvas will get you started. So.,ie turpentine is needed for use in cleaning brushes between colors or for occasional addition to colors that need a wee bit of thinning for easier use. A bit of linseed oil can be added to the oil colors with better results than turpentine orobably — it Is up to the artist to decide which Is preferable if either is used. The tubes of oil paints put out by reputable companies are properly blended to be used straight out of the tube or mixed with other colors or blended with a medium, '"-h as linseed oil or turpenV • The study of the.-merits nt various mediums and colors is an endless pursuit ~- ttiere Is so much to learn" 4- but that can come later if desired. The value of linseed'oil mixed with paints lies in its quick drying properties and the tough, felxible film it forms. Turpentine is quick drying fhrough evaporation,. Rectified turpentine leaves no film or -esidue' and adds a somewhol ••natte finish to the film or surface of the finished paintin". However, the film of the naintlng is weakened by excessive use of turpentine, whose chief use Is for brush cleaning. If In doubt about the types of lindseed oil of turpentine to buy, get it alone with your art supplies. The dealer knows GARDEN NOTES: Rain Qood For Qarden But Helps Weeds Too By DOROTHY SMITH The limp and bedraggled gardens in Braz- osport have responded beautifully to the treatment the weatherman has been giving them lately. A good long drink of water is always refreshing. The alert gardener will also realize that fugitive weed seeds respond to a good soaking also, and will be prepared to wrest them from the flower plot as they are spotted. Had it not been for the persistant rains of the past week, they probably would have slept securely in the soil to torment you next spring. Get them out now, and you will have a Jresh start on your 1960 garden. . The coleus cuttings we placed in the garden earlier in the month have branched out beautifully. Be sure and fill a few pots with good fri»b!« -oil so you might have color in the living :oom or kitchen when Jack Frost makes his debut. Coleus is easy to get along with, and are quite happy indoors. Be sure to place broken pot fragments or rocks in the bottom of the pot so the water will not sour at their roots, use a little discretion on their diet (they are not heavy eaters), and you will have a healthy stock plant to take cuttings from for your spring garden. Th moisture in the soil evaporates quickly at this time otjthe year, so sharpen your hoe, f-owel and'spade preparatory to cultivating vmir beds before planting calendulas and sweet ieas. Do not f"rt!«7.e your trees or shrubs again this yca v TV.u be sure and feed your crys- anthemi'trs ""ch week from now until color shows in the buds. It's sprint; fo- them, and they are in th« process of producing buds for their lovely blossoms that will see so many football games, and grace Thanksgiving tables. Treat them kindly. Stake, feed, tie and water is a good general rule for these de- pendables for the next couple of months. Now is a good time to locate some cow manure for the compost pile this fall. Cow manure, when decayed, reverts to sand, and is a great aid in loosening the black clay mixtvre in most of our gardens. A few ir-ii'- 1 -jp-'s sycamores and cottonwoods have h—'"> to shed their summer garb, and «p"n r".r-.t of us will be raking leaves rather tban cn.nki"™ up the lawnmower. A good ?ard?ner never throws leaves away, particularly oak leaves. Pecan, tallow and leaves of most trees indigenous to our area nearly always compos* in six to nine months. But the writer has found that oak leaves take somewhat longer. Why not eye the backyard with the inten- Uon of making two compost piles this year — one for only oak leaves? ' If 'you haven't enjoyed the luxury of cold frame, plan for one now. A few dollars invested in a 100 poiind sack of potting soil Will reward you for years. Or, if you are one of the more economical gardeners, a few hours spent in the woods filling half a dozen burlap sacks with leaf mold will serve the same purpose. Hollyhocks, which bloom in their second year, may be petted into staying around for several years. If you plant them this month, they will surely bloom for you next year. what you need as a rule. You can start with a large tube of white, and small tubes of yellow, red, blue, green and brown in strong shades. A darker brilliant color can always be lightened'wth additions of lighter colors. Suggestions would be a tube of cadmium barium yellow 'Ight: alizarine crimson, ultramarine blue; viridian green; and burnt umber brown. The beginner artist would nrobably nrefer the new quick -frying white.in the lar«e tubes. Tlake white is good when \illding up the body of a •minting by apolylng thickly, "lile zinc white and tltanl'im ••'bite are more suitable for i'se in thinner layers, but th?ir use can come 1 later when the irtist wants to experiment In v<Hous techniques. Tubes of burnt slena and -aw siena might be added. These brilliant reddish brown and warm yellow earth colors are valuable in landscape pnint- A large tube of white costs around SI.25 while the smaller tube colors vary in price from 35 or 40 cents to more than a do'lar each. A beginner might prefer to get smaller sizes at lower orlces. around 35 cents a ttibe. Complete art sets are available, too, with all the tools needed to get started. Canvasses in all sizes, affixed to a heavy cardboard back- In? and primed for Use, are Available in art supply stores. 'Tiere are also tablets of •nccial canvas—textured, treat»d, heavy .paper for . oil. paint; 'ng at a lower cost than the "snvasses. Another very economical material that might be handy Around the house is masonite —ith the rough, or screened, 'Inish on the "wrong" side. meet practically every, need. 'Expanses of sky, etc., could be done quickly with the Jars'- est brush while fine detail work would take the small flat or round • brush. You can purchase » palette for your paints or use aluminum pans from frozen fondi. it the-trays some'baker: goods come .in for quick warming in the oVen. Now that you have a rag handy'to wipe your brush on and.'-your materials, picking a subject comes next if you did not 'already have something in mind. . You might start with a still life.. Advantages are the availability at any hour you find lo paint and unchanging qualities should it take a long time t-> finish the painting. A word of advice —.don't try a fruit still life if you have •family. You .may end up with blackened banana skins and' withered orange peel* a* the result* of a member of th* family with more hunger and less artistic appreciation^ than you have. . . Books, figurines, a , stogie flower on a colorful draped cloth — they are Intettttinj subjects. • Composition is important, 10 ake your arrangement eye- ileaslng. That will suffice until you want to go deeper into the subject. Perhapj you want to do a landscape or outdoor scene of some sort. .Remember you are n»t-chained.to the icehe M it a wears to the eye. Unlike •'•otostraphy, you can'move, a tr , house, or boat Anywhere vou want 1( On your einvas. U A study of various paintings 'und the way the main jubject 'S projected .if helpful. Don't have a tre* at the edge of the naintlng 'that It blowing or bending toward the edge — it tikes the eye of the beholder out nf the painting. (Continued On Page 14) PAINTING tS AN INDIVIDUALIST'S PASTIME Fat Pro or f n -ur, Produ ct'Ii Only Ona of Iti Kind cold Calendulas like to be placed in the cold; frame too, Later you may replace frost-killed zinnias and marigolds with the plants, which > will stay lovely until next spring. { Snip your flower borders. Plants don't enjoy untidy premises any more than you do. We have used one of the commercial powdered weed killers now on the market quite successfully for the past two years to aid in keeping the flower borders neat after snipping. An easy way to do this is to first snip about your beds, then mix the powder according to. directions, and pour from a sprinkling can around the border. Weeds tad/grass, wxin't; like Ahe ; sprinkled arya for '-*. p'epofl jrf'f^ve of sometimes six months, and 'you«wiU< save yourself many hours of hard labor by doing so. X,....- ••.,.•-• Be sure and plant some stock seed. There is now .a 10 .week variety of stock seed on the market (for spring planting), so be sure and buy the'kind that specifies "perennial" for the cold frame. Prune any shrub or hedge you wish to have controlled growth this month, but be sure and avoid pruning'those shrubs that will bloom in the spring. Any surgery you may want to perform on them should wilt until after their blooming period ntxt : year, if you want a crop of blooms. : Lift, divide and store your narcissus, iris and King Alfred bulbs this month in a cool, dry place. They will go back into the soil in October. Iris do not like to be disturbed, and lifting them about every four years is a good rule for them. The purpose in lifting them is to be sure they hav« not become crowded, and then too, perhaps you would prefer to have them in a different location next spring. Be sure and complete all your August garden activitis this month, as September always has • busy agenda! This screened side must be -rimed before beginning a •vinting. Again you might have -nme old paint around the Hot-se to use here. Apnly it -onerously to the screened side nf the masonite until as much >alnt as possible has been oafceifclntq M. When this is dry It JffQJwfes; x- sealed and firm surf ace-for painting a picture. You will need some brushes. 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