"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach." Michelle Held
"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil." ~Ernest Hemingway
I'm always amazed at Walter Foster's vintage titles: not only are they beautiful and rustic but the artistic tips and advice they provide are still just as relevant as when they were first printed! It goes to show that certain skills—like painting portraits—are truly timeless.
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." Rex Brandt
Khristian A. Howell is the talented color and pattern expert featured in Pinterest Perfect! She is currently working out of Chicago, but being married to a news correspondant leaves her never really sure of where she'll be living next. Under her brand, Khristian A. Howell Color + Pattern, Khristian licenses her work to manufacturers; consults on trend, color, and design; and gives advice as a color expert and lifestyle consultant. Her art has been featured in ELLE DECOR, Real Simple, and HGTV Magazine to name a few and she is a frequent contributor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I had the opportunity to chat with her about her beautiful patterns and things that inspire her.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
"The more you practice, the less thinking you will have to do, which allows you to focus on the emotion of the painting. To me, feeling and emotion are the two most important aspects of the painting process. I express myself through painting in a way I can't with words. My portraits capture emotion and feeling in the subjects and speak for them just as clearly as words. With a little practice, you too can master this art!" ~Susan Miller Bradbury
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