The autumn we've had in the Midwest has been unreal. We've had warm, mild temperatures and stunningly bright foliage. The season is so fleeting, and I wish I could keep the beauty around forever.
We love lettering at Walter Foster and we're really excited about Creative Lettering and Beyond coming out in November 2014! From modern calligraphy to illustrated lettering to chalk lettering to lettering crafts, this step-by-step guide to the world of lettering is great for beginners as well as lettering artists.
The Color Mix
We are all affected by color, regardless of whether we realize it. Studies show that color schemes make us feel certain ways. Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, and light green, are exciting and energetic. Cool colors, such as dark green, blue, and purple are calming and soothing. Use these color schemes as tools to express the mood of the painting. In fact, you'll find that you don't even need a subject in your painting to communicate a particular feeling; the abstract works below demonstrate how color is powerful enough to stand on its own.
With the rise of Instagram, it seems like we are all looking at life through the lens of the next great photo. That could just be me, but I know at least some of you also think, "Wow, that would look great in my feed," when you see a beautiful sunset/latte/palm tree/neon sign.
"After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint." Rex Brandt
Watercolor is an amazing medium—once mixed with water, it takes on all the properties of that element. Water responds to the laws of gravity and evaporation; exploiting those laws is the basis for many different watercolor techniques.
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.
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.
One of my goals every year is to send birthday and anniversary cards on time. I renew this goal every year after falling short on multiple occasions. But...I have a good feeling that this is finally my year! I'm happy to take on this lofty goal with some help from Pinterest Perfect!
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