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Compositional Patterns of Light and Dark, Part II

by S.C. Mummert on 3/16/2018 8:52:04 AM

Just as when we paint, there's something about the reversed image a mirror provides us, that inexplicably reveals things we otherwise can't see in our efforts. [...]

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by Keith Bond on 2/23/2018 9:04:31 AM

There is something about seeing things in a different way that enables you to disconnect with your preconceived ideas. You can more clearly see reality. [...]

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How to Paint Anything!

by Zac Elletson on 2/21/2018 9:25:52 AM

This video is an introduction into understanding the fundamentals of painting and drawing from life. [...]

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Compositional Patterns of Light and Dark, Part I

by S.C. Mummert on 2/16/2018 9:23:22 AM

Though I often to see loving attention paid to "line" in many of today's compositions; I'm beginning to see far less weight these days given to a painting's tonal patterns. [...]

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How To Breakup With Your Photo Reference

by Kim VanDerHoek on 2/7/2018 9:14:33 AM

Remember, no one will see the reference you used when they view your painting. So get creative, don't be a slave to your reference, that's your job as an artist, to push beyond what is in front of you. Besides, you might be surprised by the results. [...]

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When Time is Short and Inspiration is High

by Vianna Szabo on 1/19/2018 9:39:53 AM

Holidays are busy and studio time gives way to visiting and catching up with those I love. [...]

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How Sketches Improve Your Landscapes

by Lori Woodward on 1/9/2018 9:35:06 AM

It's not uncommon for me to paint parts of the same scene several times before settling on a final composition for a larger work. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops January - April 2018 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 1/8/2018 9:52:16 AM

Special USA Workshops Edition from January - April, 2018 [...]

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The Fine Art of Discovery

by Jeanne Rosier Smith on 1/5/2018 9:20:19 AM

Painting with no map, I lost my preoccupation with where I was going, and I had to just look around and pay attention to where I was in the painting at every moment. It's terrifying, but also completely exciting to discover a new way of painting after 20 years. [...]

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by Luann Udell on 12/23/2017 5:24:55 AM

We truly live in an age where the old "Those who can't do, teach" maxim has been flipped on its head. Now we can truly say, "Those who teach, DO." [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops March 2018 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 12/4/2017 9:45:38 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from March 1st - April 1st, 2018 [...]

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Using A Limited Palette -- Part 2

by Kathleen Dunphy on 11/10/2017 9:03:47 AM

Although I use a limited palette for my paintings, I always start out by mixing puddles of several colors before I start the actual painting. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops February 2018 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 11/6/2017 9:58:58 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from February 1st - March 1st, 2018 [...]

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The Triple Impact

by Keith Bond on 11/1/2017 9:06:10 AM

Your work is competing against many other equally great artists. To have the advantage of capturing a collector's attention, you should consider how well you understand and utilize the triple effect. [...]

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Backgrounds As Stage Settings

by Vianna Szabo on 10/27/2017 9:25:53 AM

In order for a background to be cohesive it must be considered as important as the subject you are painting. [...]

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Should You Enter Juried Exhibitions?

by Patrick Faile on 10/11/2017 9:12:13 AM

On our artistic journey we all meet criticism and obstacles of every kind. Keep an open mind and an attitude on self improvement and quality of work. The journey is not easy. If it were, it wouldn't mean anything. [...]

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Be Involved in the Creative Process from the Start - Use Your Own References

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 10/5/2017 9:46:05 AM

Don't let a reference dictate what your finished painting looks like. Remember your painting is your voice - let it sing out loud and clear. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops January 2018 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 10/2/2017 11:49:01 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from January 1st - February 1st, 2018 [...]

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Subject Matters

by Vianna Szabo on 9/28/2017 9:18:52 AM

Don't strive to become a portrait artist; instead strive to become a better artist. If you want to paint better portraits, learn to paint landscape. [...]

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Why Painting From Life Matters - Even If You Don't Enjoy It.

by Lori Woodward on 9/26/2017 9:39:20 AM

In order to love what I paint, I must paint what I love, and get to know my subject personally. [...]

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Have You Arrived?

by Terry Cooke Hall on 9/22/2017 9:05:51 AM

There is a great danger in being known for a special style that's recognizable everywhere. The collectors look for it and buy it because it's recognizable. But should that lock you in forever? [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops December 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 9/4/2017 6:22:53 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from December 1st - January 1st, 2018 [...]

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Painting in Monochrome

by Vianna Szabo on 8/24/2017 10:09:11 AM

One of the best ways to become comfortable with painting in oil, watercolor, and acrylic is to use two colors and work monochromatically. [...]

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Texture In Your Art

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 8/10/2017 9:30:02 AM

Texture, implied or not, can create emotions, share messages, or simply add spice to your painting. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops November 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 8/7/2017 9:24:42 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from November 1st - December 1st, 2017 [...]

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by Donald Fox on 7/26/2017 10:02:47 AM

When I think about art, which for me is all the time, I do make assessments; I attempt to evaluate the art of others and that of my own. Other art I want to appreciate for what it is and for what it may say. My art I want to evaluate in order to expand and improve. [...]

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Curler Princess - All About Edges

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 7/21/2017 11:22:18 AM

I have realized edges can make or break a painting. If all edges have a similar treatment, it confuses the viewer. [...]

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What Is Space In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 7/20/2017 8:45:37 AM

In my opinion, Space is one of the most important elements, because it really puts your composition at stake. Simply put, Space is how you place your subject or form on your canvas. [...]

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The Power of Chromatic Black

by West D. Waters on 7/13/2017 9:28:18 AM

There is real power in Chromatic Black. Any time we can find a color that artists can bend to their will and send in so many different directions whenever they need, its pure Power! [...]

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The Importance of Technique

by Mark Brockman on 7/11/2017 9:31:48 AM

We all strive for originality but with so many artists out there it would be hard for one artist's work to not, somewhere in the world, have their work resemble another artist' work. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops October 2017 Newsletter

by FineArtViews on 7/3/2017 10:55:58 AM
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Special USA Workshops Edition from October 1st - November 1st, 2017 [...]

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What Does Form Mean In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 6/28/2017 9:56:14 AM

Form is the name for describing a 3-dimensional object in space, whether on your canvas or as a sculpture. Form can be Geometric or Organic. [...]

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Water and Oil Don't Mix-But Studying With Gouache Might Help Your Oil Paintings!

by J.R. Monks on 6/23/2017 9:56:55 AM

I have a strong passion for developing my figurative painting skills and gouache offers a similar feel to oil without the set-up hassle, smells, or slow drying time. [...]

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Community Ed

by Sonja Caywood on 6/22/2017 9:21:02 AM

Be open to suggestions. No matter our level of expertise, there is always more to learn, or a different way to approach it. Accept and remember nuggets of guidance, and you can pass them on to others when the time comes. [...]

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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/12/2017 9:52:54 AM

"Artists need to allow themselves time to perfect what they do, without the worry of producing and producing and producing. We do not manufacture paintings ? we create art." [...]

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Lose Something and Enhance Your Painting

by Chantel Lynn Barber on 6/8/2017 11:31:51 AM

Don't underestimate the power of color! Forcing yourself to use a different color palette than you normally use can have exciting results. [...]

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What Does Line Mean In Your Art?

by Jennifer Stottle Taylor on 6/7/2017 9:34:48 AM

Sometimes this is a misunderstood element in art. What is LINE in art? [...]

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What Is Your Artistic Identity?

by Lori Woodward on 5/30/2017 9:37:36 AM

When you say an artist's name, does a type of image pop into your mind? [...]

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Is That Chalk?

by Robert McKendrick on 5/5/2017 10:00:31 AM

What I found out is despite the fragility of its surface, a pastel work of art has extreme longevity when created on the proper substrate and is properly framed. [...]

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No Throats Will Be Cut...

by Judi Beauford on 4/26/2017 10:01:37 AM

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. [...]

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