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Ariel
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dA-friendly UK jack by ArielRGH I was born in 1983, and I always liked to draw, since I was very little. During my grade school I drew mostly comics, influenced by the cartoons I watched on TV. Later in high school I started drawing realistic portraits in graphite and sanguine pencils. During that time I got interested in music and sciences too, which led me to enter the programme of Pharmacy at the Universidad de Chile, graduating in 2008.

During this period of my life there was not a lot of art. Science took most of my interest, to the point that immediately after I finished I started in the Chemistry Ph.D. programme at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It was during this period that my interest in drawing reemerges with real strength, making realistic portraits in graphite, charcoal, pastel and color pencils, as a hobby. By the end of 2013 I finished my Ph.D. and when I returned to Chile, I learnt oil painting. In the following years, my love for art triumphs and now I can promote and show my art to the world. At present I am doing my art alongside my professional activity as a pharmacist.

My interest for music has left a number of compositions you can listen to in my SoundCloud, and my time in the academic world has left a number of scientific publications. I also have a couple of unedited short stories and poems. I am quite the Renaissance man, LOL.

dA-friendly Spain Flag by ArielRGH Nací en 1983, y siempre me gustó dibujar, desde muy pequeño. Durante mi enseñanza básica dibujaba principalmente cómics, influido por las caricaturas que veía en televisión. Ya en la enseñanza media comencé a dibujar retratos a lápiz grafito y sanguina. En esa época me interesé por la música y las ciencias también, lo que me llevó a estudiar la carrera de Química y Farmacia en la Universidad de Chile, titulándome de químico farmacéutico en 2008.

No hubo mucho arte en este periodo de mi vida. La ciencia copó mis intereses, a tal punto que inmediatamente después de terminar, fui a hacer un doctorado en química (Chemistry Ph.D.) a la Universidad de Windsor, Ontario, Canadá. Es en este periodo en que mi interés por el dibujo resurge con verdadera fuerza, realizando retratos realistas al grafito, carbón, pastel y lápices de colores, a modo de hobby.

A fines de 2013 terminé mi doctorado, y al volver a Chile, aprendí la pintura al óleo. En los años consecutivos, el amor por el arte triunfa y ahora promociono mi arte a todo el mundo. En la actualidad realizo mi arte en conjunto con mi ejercicio profesional como farmacéutico.

Además del arte, mi interés por la música ha dejado varias composiciones que puedes escuchar en mi SoundCloud, y mi paso por el mundo académico ha dejado un número de publicaciones científicas. También he escrito un par de cuentos y poemas inéditos. Soy un polímata, jajaja.
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I guess we all want our artwork to last for a long time, don't we?

Last week, artist Andrew Tischler (Australian living in New Zealand) published the video podcast of his interview with Virgil Elliott, as part of his "The Creative Endeavour" series of podcasts. If you're into oil painting, go to YouTube and listen to it.

Like it did to so many others, including Andrew himself, it blew my mind. There is so much that we artists have been doing so wrong, in terms of painting for posterity. I guess many of us will have to learn how to paint again, as I commented to Andrew. This gentleman, Mr. Elliott, is an artist, a veteran of many art battles, and he's worked in many places having to do with conservation, including the American ASTM, and he's super knowledgeable. He wrote a book called "Traditional Oil Painting" which covers many of the techniques of the Old Masters. He's an authority on the subject. The book is not in print, but I ordered a used copy which should arrive within a few weeks from now. There will be a whole new edition of it next year. But still, from the interview and information from the Natural Pigments website... I am changing several things in my own approach to painting. Namely:

1. Goodbye forever to stretched canvases. I still have several of those at home. I will use them, but I won't be buying any more of them. Hardboard, or if it works out, aluminium composite panels, are the way of the future. It turns out the real reason why people started using stretched canvas was because back in the Renaissance, the transport of paintings in wood boards was complicated, and canvas was readily available in sea ports, for the fabrication of sails, and they could be rolled for easy transportation, and then re-stretched. Many artists found it was cool to paint in stretched canvas and a whole tradition started. But it is bad for the conservation of artwork because paint films age, become brittle and crack. Plus, variations of temperature and humidity change the volume of the canvas fibers, thus inducing mechanical stress in the paint film, with the same result: crack. Wood, MDF, plywood and hardboard (Masonite, Eucabord or Cholguán as it is known here in Chile) are better ideas, harder to bend and puncture, but still vulnerable to variations in humidity and temperature. The best solution that modern science has come up with is... aluminium composite panels. Hard, barely change size with humidity and temperature. No wonder they use those for traffic signs. I am already requesting quotes to a local provider of those.

2. My later works will all be framed. Already a couple of my paintings have suffered when transported (my beloved Pleiades... is in a really bad state now :crying:). I also learnt that plastic wrap works wonders. Buy yourself some plastic wrap like I did, and wrap your paintings every time you have to transport them. A cheap and very effective solution.

3. All products containing zinc white have been banished from my inventory. Zinc oxide paint films dry super brittle and some have even delaminated. 

4. Lead white has come to stay. The toxicity of it has been grossly overestimated for artist's oil paints. Surely you don't want to paint the house with it, but to make a painting that will be behind a varnish, it should be fine. Just do not inhale the vapour or eat it. I plan to buy some lead ground to prepare future boards. Titanium white dries pretty brittle too, so I will use it only for the lightest highlights.

5. My palette should expand somewhat, as I have been watching too much of Mark Carder's channel. I never used clove oil (he does, and advocates the use of it, and it's a very bad idea), but I found his palette appealing. I'll start to move over to other colours.

6. I have just stopped using Gamsol to clean brushes, and moved to solvent-free painting. This is because I just bought Rosemary Ivory and Eclipse brushes and Rosemary says that Gamsol is bad for the Ivory and Eclipse lines (hairs curl at the ends). I wonder whether it's done the same to some of my older brushes. This is what has taken me the longest to get accustomed to.

UPDATE: I have resumed using Gamsol for my Eclipse (and all other) brushes. I remembered wrong the lines in the Rosemary website! Only the Ivory and Classic lines have that problem. I ordered some W&N Sansodor to clean my Ivories. Solvent-free is a hassle!
Hey guys, here's a video of the painting process of my recent painting "Luna". Enjoy.

My divorce with academic research is being finalized. I have spoken rather little about this, because I didn't want to spoil things, but last Monday something happened, something that I really looked forward to.

December and January I was trying to find some job and finish experiments to finish the project. The experiments, ultimately, failed, because the goddamned primary antibody got spoiled (took me a long time to trace the problem to that... it probably got spoiled that time the fridge got defrosted in November) and there was neither money nor time to order a new one. I will finish the paper with the results I had until October, as I am sure about those results. My nanoparticles do allow for enhanced detection of gastric cancer cells, but I wanted to make it really big and clean, a super nice paper, but it won't be as nice a paper as my sponsoring professor wanted. And God, I hate to write that paper, but I will finish it. I guess that is what I hate the most about research. I really believe that there is no more boring read than a scientific paper. And I've written several of them. And I hate writing grants as well. Which is what a professor does most of their time. No, the scientific profession was not for me, even if I was rather good at it. Being good at something is different than being happy doing it. I could have applied for more funds and get into tenure-track in some university. But I no longer want to.

There are no university activities in February, because of summer holidays. I worked at a pharmacy on weekends since January, to pay bills, so no rest days for me on January or February. Very little sharing with my girlfriend on Sundays. And no more research, and still trying to find a full time job. I drove my car as an Uber on February. But eventually I did find a job. I dusted off my pharmacist degree, and I work at a pharmacy now. I started earlier this March, tomorrow it will be three weeks.

So no more academia for me. What next, live the rest of my life as a pharmacist? No, not really. What, then?

You probably guessed. Artist is what I want to become. But to me, it is clear that I don't have (yet) what it takes to become a pro. I just turned 35 and have yet to learn how to be a pro artist. "But you've produced such beautiful paintings and drawings!" you might say, "you already have what it takes!" I think I have what it takes... to start. I have no gallery or contacts in the pro art world. I am an island, I only show my paintings to family, friends and the Writer Physicians. I have no idea how to accurately appraise my paintings. I have been trying to work out a style, a characteristic subject matter and colour palette, something that says "oh it's Ariel Guerrero" when you see a painting of mine, but I am not yet quite convinced. And I have rather little to show, I have only a few paintings for sale now; I have given away several. And most of my time is occupied in the pharmacy now. For now, this is good to pay my bills, but the plan is to later get a job at a hospital where I will work less time for similar pay, or reduce my pharmacy hours when I have more and better work to sell. I wish I could go full pro sometime within a 10-year time frame. If I fail, I guess I will still be okay, I have my pharmacist degree as a backup. In the end, my parents' advice turned out to work, get a degree that will pay the bills.

So, objectives for this year:
1) Paint as much as possible within my time limits. I have a lot of free time at the pharmacy, so I can use that time to do prep work. Sketches, reference preparation, all that.
2) Start going to exhibitions, to see what other artists are doing. A little chitchat, here and there, to get to know some people in the business. Figure out what's best for me. Being an island stops now. 
3) If I can get a 28-hour shift job at a hospital as a pharmacist, it will be even nicer, but positions like that come once in a blue moon. Last year I applied for one but problems arose and the hospital didn't open up the positions.

I am afraid of entering the pro art world as I have never studied that and don't really know anybody there. My credentials come from an alien world. I guess I will always be some sort of outsider. An artist among the scientists, a scientist among the artists.

But it feels good not to have to go to the lab anymore. :)

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knezak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Great Gallery.
Thank you 
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ArielRGH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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gschwindt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
thx 4 the fav and watch!
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ArielRGH Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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Markkus76 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: Hey !
Back from my journey and sorry for this late reply, but thanks a lot for the :+fav:

Be well and best to you :bow:
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ArielRGH Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018   Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!
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tacsitimea Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Thank you very much for the :+fav: :hug:
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ArielRGH Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
You are soooo welcome!
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Markkus76 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave: Hey !
Thanks a lot for the both  :+fav:'s

Be well and best to you :bow:
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ArielRGH Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018   Traditional Artist
You are so welcome, you're good :clap:
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