"My little dog−a heartbeat at my feet." Edith Wharton
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." Marilyn Monroe
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.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. -Swami Sivananda
In honor of the 4th of July, we are reaching back into history for an interesting look into the life of American-born artist Jackson Pollock.
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.
"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." ~ Mark Twain
Our first drawing lesson is about to begin, and that can be kind of scary if you're first starting out. Don't worry about how nice your drawing looks or whether your lines are perfectly straight. When drawing monsters, the messier and squigglier the better! Follow the steps and your monster will appear right before your very eyes (or eye)!
"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.
"In a post-9/11 world, the desire to have something tactile that can be experienced personally is stronger than ever on both ends of the creation."
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