Australian artist Jane Davenport is the talented author of Drawing & Painting Beautiful Faces. Her advice is both simple and inspiring. "Draw happy," she encourages. Simply flipping through the pages of her book inspires a happy and creative energy. It's easy to see that she uses her joy to depict the most fun, free, and full of life portraits imaginable.
"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
I live in a high-rise building full of dogs of all breeds and sizes—from the oddly aggressive cocker spaniel to the roly-poly bulldog puppy to the ancient, ambling Great Dane. It's fascinating to see how varied the looks and temperaments of animals can be. There are truly unlimited types of dogs in this world and quite possibly in my building.
Sometimes as artists we can use a little inspiration to try a new style, a new technique, or perhaps simply to step out into a new color scheme.
For watercolor artist Peggi Habets, drawing and painting have been a part of her life since childhood. After studying graphic design in college and working as a designer and art director for 15 years, Peggi decided to return to her original passion—fine art.
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