Questions and Answers: Learning to Paint with Mike Svob

By Jed Dorsey
In this session Mike Svob joins us from Whiterock, BC. In 2001 I saw my very first acrylic paintings in a gallery in Whistler, BC. I fell in love instantly. Mike was one of the talented artists and ended up being my first instructor in acrylics. I was so honored this fall when he agreed to join us at Acrylic University for this session. Mike is a wealth of wisdom, stories, and experiences in the world of art. It was so great to reconnect with him after many years. He continues to inspire me.
30:35 - Judy Webber - I’m wondering how you decide whether to tone your canvas and what colour to tone your canvas with and is there a favourite colour you used most often? And what is your go to brush, if there is one?
42:09 - Joyce Frantz - What canvas do you use for pictures to sell?
44:18 - Sharon Strizel - I would like to know how you think about color that is not realistic. For example, your beautiful orange and blue polar bear. How can I break out of a more realistic mindset toward using more interesting colors?
49:00 - Dennis Redmond - Some of your colors just seem to light up. Is that just a thin wash of color that you don’t paint over it again?
51:44 - Rachel DeRagon - How is the business of art changing during this COVID era?
1:08:00 - Dayle - I love how Jed and Mike can take a photo and "see" the light, shades and composition and create colorful, beautiful paintings. I am really struggling to learn how to transpose what I see outside or in a photo to create the painting I want. How did you learn to "see" what needs to be painted? I am also amazed watching how Jed paints many layers. What is the secret to all these layers? I hope my questions make sense. I am really looking forward to this Q&A. 🙂
1:10:05 - Nancy Dopler - I accidentally got acrylic paint on top of a varnished painting. I assume I can paint over it again, but perhaps not. If I am able to that, does it have to be sanded lightly first so the paint will stick? The varnish is Liquitex Satin brush on.
1:14:28 - Jeanne Hudson - How would I achieve those long, soft and blended edges in acrylics that some oil painters work into their paintings?
1:17:30 - Aome St. Laurence - How do artists travel with their paints? I live in Mexico. I'm needing to find out how people travel with their paint in tubes?
1:21:00 - Trish Jodoin - Do you still use the glass palette for mixing? If so why do you prefer it to a wet palette and how do you keep the paint from drying out?
1:23:27 - Cathy Hocking - Is there any percentage (?) of a painting that someone can copy and call their own & be able to sell it? Like 50-50, 10%, 15% or do they have to put the original artists name & their own?
1:29:03 - Joyce Frantz - Do you always have a focal point?
1:32:05 - Tanya Comerford - How do you choose what color(s) to use to create shadows?
1:34:00 - Nancy Wardle - There are a few black paints to choose from. You use Mars. Would you please explain why you prefer using that vs perhaps ivory or bone? Thank you!
1:39:10 - Cathy Hocking - Do you make prints, giclees or anything similar of your paintings?
1:46:52 - Rachel DeRagon - What is Mr. Svob’s go-to color palette?

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