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Is That Chalk?

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

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
13 Comments

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


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More Opportunities

by J.R. Monks on 4/25/2017 10:33:55 AM
4 Comments

The magician's hat of a painter is fascinating, new from old and endless opportunities abound if you only take the time to look. [...]


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A List of Aspect Ratios of Common Canvas Sizes

by Vianna Szabo on 4/20/2017 9:42:41 AM
20 Comments

It is so frustrating when you want to replicate an image onto a larger canvas but the composition is not the same. [...]


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Discipline

by Angela Bruskotter on 4/14/2017 10:00:20 AM
29 Comments

There is a debate in the art community whether it is better to be formally trained or self-taught. [...]


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4 Things I Like In A Fine Art Teacher

by Judy Ballance on 4/11/2017 10:06:15 AM
12 Comments

A good art teacher shares everything they know, holding nothing back. [...]


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Master your Tools, Not Rules

by Zac Elletson on 4/10/2017 10:06:07 AM
8 Comments

Your artistic license is the only rule you need to follow, and your tools should help you achieve it however you see fit. [...]


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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

by Vianna Szabo on 4/5/2017 10:17:00 AM
11 Comments

Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]


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Beyond the Study

by William A. Schneider on 3/31/2017 10:06:21 AM
9 Comments

In our journey as artists we spend a long time learning how to render. [...]


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Lessons Learned

by Donald Fox on 3/29/2017 9:46:58 AM
12 Comments

The making of art is not just about creating any singular art work; it is about committing to the practice of art and to living an artistic life. [...]


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My Watercolor Brushes

by Bette Orr on 3/28/2017 10:49:23 AM
12 Comments

Remember, these brushes are my personal workhorse favorites....in the end, it comes down to YOUR personal preference. [...]


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Helpful Ways to Approach a 30 Day Painting Challenge

by Ginny Butcher on 3/27/2017 10:03:17 AM
3 Comments

If you have wanted to be part of a 30 day painting challenge, but felt it was too intimidating, here are some helpful ideas for approaching it. [...]


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Why I Steal Like A Thief And You Should Too

by John P. Weiss on 3/25/2017 11:25:06 AM
20 Comments

Artwork is a lot like cursive handwriting (are schools teaching it anymore?). Students are taught the same shapes, loops, etc. But over time everyone develops their own unique hand. So it is with art. [...]


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Does Drawing Matter in a Loose Painting?

by Kim VanDerHoek on 3/24/2017 10:02:41 AM
23 Comments

When teaching I've been asked if a painter can hide the fact that they can't draw, if they paint really loosely... [...]


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Talent

by Ken Pieper on 3/21/2017 10:14:05 AM
54 Comments

Art, no matter how well or great our original talent brings us, must be nurtured, fueled, enhanced, and continually learned to become the best that we can be. [...]


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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

by J.R. Monks on 3/15/2017 10:04:24 AM
12 Comments

I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]


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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

by Laura Pollak on 3/14/2017 8:11:22 AM
13 Comments

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]


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How do you frame pastel paintings?

by Susan Flanagan on 3/13/2017 9:53:32 AM
9 Comments

Soft pastel has to be framed under glass. No amount of spraying fixative will change that! [...]


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Invest In Yourself

by Roberta Murray on 3/1/2017 9:56:00 AM
9 Comments

Go ahead and invest in yourself. Find a strategy that works for you, and pursue that learning with both seriousness and frivolity, but always with purpose. [...]


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Learning on a Budget

by Steve Atkinson on 2/20/2017 12:28:18 PM
22 Comments

This really is a global community and we are members of a family that go beyond borders. [...]


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How to Avoid the #1 Obstacle to Becoming a Professional Artist

by Dave Geada on 2/17/2017 10:12:13 AM
22 Comments

If you follow this simple to describe and hard to do recipe, you will succeed in earning a living from your art. [...]


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A Barn is Not a Shape

by Eileen McConkey on 1/30/2017 9:56:00 AM
12 Comments

Changing the way you think about shapes can change your paintings. [...]


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Workshopping Around

by Steve Atkinson on 1/24/2017 9:48:28 AM
9 Comments

I don’t care who you are, we all can grow by taking classes from other artists... [...]


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The Value of Workshops

by Sharon Allen on 1/20/2017 9:43:59 AM
4 Comments

Regardless of your skill level there is much to be gained by taking a workshop with peers now and then. [...]


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Painting Large: Size Does Matter

by Sharon Weaver on 1/17/2017 10:38:34 AM
23 Comments

By clarifying the process and defining the mood and atmosphere of your painting you can guarantee success. [...]


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Lights Off to Reveal Values

by Vianna Szabo on 1/12/2017 10:22:37 AM
21 Comments

If you are working on a painting and wondering if you are finished, turn off the lights and step away to view your work. The darkness can be revealing. [...]


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What Is A Study?

by J.R. Monks on 1/10/2017 10:11:12 AM
5 Comments

Studies are footprints in the sand of the journey of an artist. [...]


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Oil Painting Blacks

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/27/2016 10:43:31 AM
11 Comments

Oil Painting Blacks [...]


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What Sully (Captain Sullenberger) Can Teach Artists

by Sue Flanagan on 12/19/2016 10:06:35 AM
3 Comments

So, follow your passion, get the appropriate training and mentoring, evaluate your work regularly, and put in a lot of quality time. [...]


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Zorn Palette and Color Chart

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/9/2016 9:44:26 AM
10 Comments

For me the Zorn Palette has been a great introduction to color, I highly recommend it to anyone starting the journey into oil painting, especially for indoor figure and portrait work. [...]


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Finding the Wow

by Jeanne Rosier Smith on 12/2/2016 11:21:52 AM
20 Comments

Why are some paintings so successful, and others leave us flat? What creates that catch in the breath as we look at a painting? How do we create that wow factor more often in our own work? [...]


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Seeing the Pattern

by William A. Schneider on 11/21/2016 10:02:04 AM
5 Comments

As art students we seem to learn (in this order): shape, values, edges, color temperature, and finally composition. [...]


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To Get Better, Pay Someone To Criticize You!

by John P. Weiss on 11/12/2016 9:40:53 AM
15 Comments

Embrace constructive criticism if you're serious about becoming a better you. It might mean paying someone to be honest, but consider it money well spent. [...]


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What To Do When the Workshop's Over, Part 1: Becoming Your Own Teacher

by Kathleen Dunphy on 11/10/2016 9:40:25 AM
11 Comments

Make some room in your schedule for Quick Studies--you'll be amazed at how much you learn, what a sense of accomplishment doing these paintings will bring, and just how much fun you will have painting at a sprint! [...]


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10 Tips for Fearless Painting

by Kim VanDerHoek on 11/7/2016 10:10:15 AM
23 Comments

So many aspects of painting are about control because we artists are trying really hard to create a decent painting. Control is difficult to let go of. [...]


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Natural Tendencies are the Kryptonite of Painters

by Steve Atkinson on 11/4/2016 12:05:55 PM
9 Comments

Every one of us comes to our art with many of our brain preferences hardwired and all our life experiences engrained. These are as unique as our fingerprints (some call it personal taste). [...]


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Patience

by Steve Atkinson on 10/21/2016 10:14:05 AM
8 Comments

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. [...]


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Composition is King

by Zac Elletson on 10/13/2016 9:58:56 AM
8 Comments

A well designed painting adequately painted is usually more interesting than a painting adequately designed and painted well. [...]


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How Do You Know When It's Finished?

by Carolyn Hancock on 9/23/2016 9:29:08 AM
9 Comments

When you have pushed the painting and your materials further than you thought you could... [...]


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Color & Values In Painting

by Linda Schroeter on 9/15/2016 9:52:46 AM
1 Comment

Observing and painting correct values is key to a good foundation in your painting. [...]


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