"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
Every day, we are being told what to do, either indirectly or more overtly. Design can be one of the most effective ways to sell an idea, brand or product.
The Color Mix
Color is a key component in art and painting and a crucial aspect of successfully completing an acrylic painting. Artists must learn how to mix fresh, vibrant colors in acrylic for painting almost any subject.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep." -Robert Frost
Confession: I'm the mom who buys birthday cards at the last minute and makes a beeline for the 99-cent rack every time. (Tell me I'm not alone...?) Is that frugality or a sad commentary on my lack of creativity? In desperate need of stationary inspiration, I was recently thrilled to have a brush with Water Paper Paint: A Creative Card-Painting Kit by Heather Smith Jones.
Talented watercolor artist Ronald Pratt started painting while he was in college studying architecture. "I was looking for an elective class in art that would help me improve my presentation skills in architecture," says Ronald. There was an opening in a beginning watercolor class, so he signed up. "I liked the beauty of a good watercolor painting and the challenge it presented when I discovered it was much harder than it looked. Never in my wildest dreams at that time did I imagine 35 years later it would be my profession." After finishing school, Ronald only painted in the evenings and on weekends as a hobby. Eventually, he left architecture to paint fulltime.
In the Studio
Meet talented oil painter, Jim McConlogue--one of the contributers to The Art of Basic Oil Painting--and get a glimpse into his dedicated, creative workspace!
"I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." Anaïs Nin
We love the titles we find in our collection of vintage Walter T. Foster books: Still Life is Exciting. It's true though! There is an exhilirating art to putting together and drawing or painting a distinct still life. And since art is timeless, we're sharing some tips from the archives.
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