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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
14 Comments

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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Subject Matters

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

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
17 Comments

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


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Painting in Monochrome

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

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
5 Comments

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


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Don't Forget Your Paints!

by Susan Blackwood on 8/2/2017 9:47:36 AM
3 Comments

Adventures always open our minds and our hearts, not to mention, how they inspire our souls. [...]


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The Advantages of Selling Two Bodies of Work

by Lori Woodward on 8/1/2017 9:24:04 AM
26 Comments

There is no one method or recipe for selling your artwork. Choose and experiment with a venue that fits with your personality, time constraints, and style of work. [...]


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What Color Is That?

by Carolyn Hancock on 7/31/2017 9:56:36 AM
7 Comments

What color is that? The question floats through the room at every demo or workshop. [...]


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Why Would You Want To Paint A Painting Without A GPS?

by Carolyn Kollegger on 7/27/2017 9:32:28 AM
11 Comments

You wouldn't go on a trip without your GPS... so why would you want to paint a painting without a GPS... or rather, a photo reference! [...]


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Curler Princess - All About Edges

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

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
6 Comments

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
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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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What Does Form Mean In Your Art?

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

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
8 Comments

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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Inspiration Is Real, Surreal, Fleeting but Practical

by Carolyn Henderson on 6/12/2017 9:52:54 AM
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“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
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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
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Sometimes this is a misunderstood element in art. What is LINE in art? [...]


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Inspiration: How Do You Get It?

by Carolyn Henderson on 5/29/2017 9:48:44 AM
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Stopping and waiting, while not necessarily a bad thing and occasionally a very necessarily thing, is not a lifestyle for a person who wants to grow, improve, and become highly skilled in their art. [...]


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The Power of Intuition

by Mike Barr on 5/16/2017 9:56:18 AM
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Time, repetition and speed are the keys to painting intuition and that power is within the reach of all of us. [...]


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A New Pair of Glasses

by William A. Schneider on 5/4/2017 11:13:09 AM
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One of the most helpful things I learned was to ask others to critique my work. [...]


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If You Don't Like Your View - Change Your Angle

by JR Monks on 5/3/2017 9:14:03 AM
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The thing I try to remember when I am outside painting on location is that you really want to slow down, soak it all in, think about what you are interested in, but most importantly don't be afraid to change your point of view. [...]


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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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Painting Plein Air

by Deborah Ridgley on 4/18/2017 9:51:24 AM
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With the summer season upon us, many artist like myself are out painting in the gorgeous weather. [...]


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Master your Tools, Not Rules

by Zac Elletson on 4/10/2017 10:06:07 AM
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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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Workshop Success!

by Laura Pollak on 4/4/2017 10:01:18 AM
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There's nothing worse than leaving a workshop defeated... [...]


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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
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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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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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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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Embrace The Nature Fix To Be Happier And More Creative

by John P. Weiss on 2/25/2017 11:47:58 AM
16 Comments

No wonder plein air painting, paint-outs, conventions and outdoor workshops have grown in popularity. Creative people have rediscovered all the healthy benefits in taking their paints outside. [...]


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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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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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Oil Painting Blacks

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

Oil Painting Blacks [...]


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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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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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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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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 10/26/2016 9:35:06 AM
21 Comments

When you take those photographs, they are yours. No one else has taken the same photograph in the same way... at the same exact moment. (Just as when you do a drawing or a painting.) And as an artist, that is what can help make your painting inspirations, concepts and ideas yours and yours alone. [...]


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This Much I Know Is True

by John P. Weiss on 10/15/2016 9:07:49 AM
30 Comments

So much of life is uncertain and hard. But this much I know is true: Art is the best of us. Art reveals our souls. Our deepest truths. It need not fetch fame or fortune to be true and authentic. [...]


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