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dbclemons 10-01-11 03:34 AM

Documentary on Robert McGinnis
I just finished watching a DVD documentary on the artist Robert McGinnis called "Painting the Last Rose of Summer." He's one of the greats of American illustrators, which was the main reason I got it, but at the end they thankfully showed a few minutes of him demonstrating his painting process. I was surprised to see that he worked in egg tempera, not gouache as I had assumed.

In that short segment he shows how he makes his own paint, and mentions that he uses pigments supplied by Perma Color out of Charleston, N.C. ("the same as Andrew Wyeth used.") I googled Perma Color and didn't see a website for them, but found an address
Perma Color Division
226 East Tremont, Charleston, N.C. 28203

I also found this site, Golds Artworks, that lists the pigments he mentioned in the film:

I thought people here might find it interesting and worth checking out.

Link to Movie Site:
Youtube Trailer:

Notice on the movie site above they're planning another McGinnis DVD that shows 2 hours of just painting sessions.

Here's a bonus Youtube link that shows a recent TV interview with him in his studio:

Alessandra Kelley 18-01-11 06:18 PM

I believe I got some pigments and brushes from Perma Color about 20 years ago. They were a funny place, neat but old-fashioned, and I'm not at all surprised they don't have a website.

mona 26-01-11 09:25 PM

Documentary on Robert McGinnis
DB, thanks so much for pointing out how Robert McGinnis worked in egg tempera. I did my illustration career in this medium, and have only known of a handful of artists who have done so. Plus, perhaps my all-time favorite movie, even as a movie buff, was Breakfast At Tiffany's, and to see his Breakfast At Tiffany's movie poster rolling by in the trailer and realize this was egg tempera too was so delightful, can I just tell you it made my day?!

what fun, thank you!

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