Gilding Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama.

Alan Shuptrine of Shuptrine’s gallery and gilding studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will provide a hands-on demonstration on the centuries old method of water gilding.  He will discuss the details of Old World gilding methods, and how these methods are applied in the restoration and conservation of historical items.  A PowerPoint presentation will be shown, followed by a demonstration of actual water gilding, sgraffito designs, agate burnishing, and patination of the finish. He will also provide examples of different gilded and restored finishes on corner samples, frames, and other gilded objects. Participants will be able to experiment with the techniques and create their own small gilded objects to take home with them. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required. Please contact the museum for reservations and additional information:

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Welcome to my blog, where I will express not only topics about my art and my journey as an artist, but also topics like: what inspires me to paint, how I interpret the world around me, the business of art, the beauty of art, the importance of art in our lives, and just art in general, especially the art of watercolor–my favorite medium. My father, the late Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006) used to say ,“To become a successful artist, you need two components: One, you need a good drawing hand. And two, you need a little luck.” What he meant by “luck” is that you need that one break in your career that allows you to be discovered. I suppose the term “successful” is relative to the desires and needs of the artist. I, for one, would be very happy with achieving a level of success where I could paint full-time, support my family, and be able to live out the rest of my days traveling to interesting places around the world (taking my portable watercolor kit with me, of course), playing a little golf, fishing, etc.. In addition, I want to share my paintings with the world and have them displayed in museums. These are high goals I have set, but what artist is not a dreamer as well?