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Kristen Rock

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic

how to paint textures

There are so many different things you can paint—landscapes, people, or still life—and there are so many different ways to paint them. Not only are there different mediums, but there are different techniques as well.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Acrylic, Oil, Illustration, Practical Techniques, Painting, textures, how to paint

Color Mixing in Acrylic

how to paint sunset

Think about all the different colors represented in a sunset. You might think you would need hundreds of different colors to produce that beautiful effect. But actually, limiting your color palette will give you all the colors you need.

FILED UNDER: The Color Mix / TAGGED: Color Mixing, Acrylic, Painting, Illustration, Color Theory, Color Wheels, Acrylic painting tools, palette

How To Draw & Paint: Pastoral Landscapes

how to paint depth

When I look at a landscape, I love for my eyes to travel around the painting taking in the depth and range that the artist has rendered.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Pastels, Landscapes, Panoramic, Paint, Illustration, Composition, Foliage, how to paint, painting

Just Add Color: Day of the Dead: Part II

Day of the Dead is an annual celebration to honor the spirits of the dead, observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 1 and 2, concurrently with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Day of the Dead, Coloring Book, Sugar Skull, Art, Illustration, Color, Markers, Colored Pencils

Send Something Beautiful

What is more precious these days than a handmade gift? How many gifts like a handmade card do we keep and treasure as artistic mementos?

FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Paper, Cards, memorable, Keepsake, Paper-cut Cards, Handmade Gifts


Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

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