Art by Linda Merchant

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When I was young, I used to stare at paintings in the museum for hours. I still do. How was it that the Old Masters got their paintings so smooth, so fine, so realistic? How did they make the tiny brush strokes when painting hair? What did they know that we have forgotten?

I grew up with that mission in mind. Over the past 30 years, I have become a traditional realist oil painter. I have exhibited in national and international art shows as well as solo exhibitions, and have won many awards for my work. Yet I still find that many of my questions remain unanswered.

As an artist and an experimental archaeologist, I find myself in a unique position to answer these questions. Over the past several years I have been learning the techniques of the Old Masters preparing panels, grinding pigments, and painting as they would have painted. The more I learn about their techniques, as I study old manuscripts, the more I realize how much more there is to know.

I invite you to take this journey with me. Over the years, I will be posting my painting experiments on my website, both historical and contemporary work. I encourage you to follow me on this page, my studio blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and my artist e-newsletter on the right of this page.

Research and Recreation of Traditional Painting Techniques is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Research and Recreation of Traditional Painting Techniques must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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