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Vibrant Abstract Art on Cigar Boxes by Abstract Artist Vanessa Katz

Orange Piggy
Orange Piggy by Vanessa Katz © 2013
Acrylic, ink and crayon on cigar box. High gloss finish.

A new series of vibrant abstract art painted on Cigar Boxes.

I wanted to contribute to a charity show for Save-A-Pet at a local gallery here, Venus Gallery in Palm Desert.  The subject was “Pets” and all pieces had to be of animals.  Having recently become vegan it was even more meaningful for me to contribute.  They also had a pet food drive at the same time so a great benefit to our beautiful animals.  I wanted to make the pieces super affordable – so I decided to paint on cigar boxes, using them as my canvas.

How to work with Golden Open Acrylics

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop experimenting with Golden Open Acrylics by Chris Cozen.

These open acrylics were created to remain workable for longer periods of time than the regular heavy body and fluid acrylics. They are formulated with an optimum balance of pigment load and 100% acrylic polymer dispersion to produce a paint with a uniquely relaxed set of working characteristics and a versatility that allows artists to explore a wider range of techniques such as portraiture and landscape painting that rely on softening, shading, glazing and creating fine detail. They remain wet on the palette for extended periods and you can mix them with any other Golden mediums and paints to reduce their open time or you can mix them with specially formulated Open Mediums to keep them workable for the maximum time. There is even an Open Thinner which will make the paint workable again once it has begun to dry.