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.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
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!
"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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
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.
Here's a glimpse into a lesson on painting elephants in acrylic from The Art of Painting in Acrylic!
The introduction to Fearless Drawing could also be a mantra for life.
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.
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