Today I am so happy to be sharing paintings on TerraSkin, impressions and a demo (check at the at the bottom svp) from the very interesting, talented American artist and entrepreneur Joe Miller!
Joe’s painting background
Joe Miller, founder and owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, began his career as a pharmacist. A sign hangs on his office wall “in a time when so many artist are turning to drugs, it’s refreshing to see a druggist turn to art.” And turn he did.
He holds one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Watercolor society, the Dolphin medal. He is a life time member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America , Watercolor Soc. Of NC, and the Florida Watercolor Society .
Joe wrote and performs a one man show on the life of Vincent Van Gogh as portrayed by his brother Theo. He also developed a monologue on the forgeries of Johannes Vermeer.
He has taught workshops across the country and his paintings hang in the collections of American presidents, congressman,congresswoman, banks and others.
He is the author of three books: Joe’s Journals, Old Water Colorist Never Die, They Just Wet Their Sheets and a children’s book, One Night, Two Moons. He has been featured in American Artist magazine, as well as state and regional papers.
He lives in Boone, NC where he occasionally can be found hanging out at his business, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. A business he calls the most fun business in the world!
Initial reaction to TerraSkin?
I enjoy drawing with Pitt pens and when I first tried a piece of Terraskin I was pleased with the surface of the paper and the way the pen glides over it. Then I added some color and got these fabulous mixes, yet I could hold an edge if I wanted to. Then I did a little still life and was so happy with the results I felt like a little kid at Christmas who just opened the best toy in the world!
Tell us about your technical discoveries using the paper both positive and negative.
I learned that for larger areas a Kleenex soaked with watercolor and wiped over the Terraskin gives a nice affect.
The end results are so unique, nothing like traditional watercolor paper. The Terraskin makes you feel like a real artist!
My approach is totally different from traditional paper. I often will stretch my watercolor paper before painting on it. On Terraskin I simply tape it to a gator board an start throwing on paint. You can add water and get juicy mixes or apply paint straight out of the tube. The surface of Terraskin is so creative, so surprisingly happy!
Is the stone paper changing the way you paint?
Every time I do a painting on Terraskin I find something new for the next effort. It has opened up a whole new world in art for me. I will never give up the watercolor papers I love but now I have one more incredible option of surfaces.
Recently Joe Miller’s painting above was accepted into the 2015 American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition- a wonderful honor!
FYI it was on the stone paper TerraSkin
- 16 pt TerraSkin
- Water resistant paper
- no rippling!
- American Journey watercolor
- Water soluble colored pencils
- Waterproof ink