As much as I think I would like to live in a tropical paradise all year round, there is something special about all four seasons: the newness of spring, the hot summer nights, the crisp, back to school feeling of fall, and the bundled up by the fire feeling of winter. I don't think I could give any of them up. And the lovely thing about art is that you can paint any season at any time, regardless of what the weather might be doing outside your windows.
"Every child must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest, and seeing it grow populous with fairies." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
One of the best things about fashion and the art of fashion is that you're free to design whatever you like—whatever it is that makes you you. You can be express your style with classic pieces, wild animal print, or mysterious, dark glasses.
Growing up is hard work! We love when learning about art helps make life simpler for kids (and parents, too).
Julie Manwaring has long loved the whimsical, rhythmic beauty found in the repeating letterforms and flourishes of calligraphy. Her custom hand-lettering and illustration studio, Flourish & Whim, grew out of this love for letters and passion for art. See more of her work in the brand new Creative Lettering & Beyond.
A big secret to creating art is tracing. In Trace & Color in any medium: Wild Animals, the illustrator gives us the tools to make our own template by tracing. So in a way, we are making an adult color by number for ourselves, just without any numbers.
There's nothing like a heartwarming, homemade gift to brighten a dreary December day for friends and family. Don't string your loved one along. Send something amazing like this handmade, homespun paper leaf garland featured in artist Emily Hogarth's book, Send Something Beautiful. It's the perfect way to bring the outdoors inside during this winter and warm the room with deep hues of gold, green, and brown.
One of my favorite things about books is their ability to transport the reader—to another time, another lifestyle, another part of the world. The Pictura: Coloring Paris panoramic coloring book likewise picks up the artist and instantly immerses them in the scenes of historic Paris, complete with stagecoaches, parasols and top hats.
Would you consider art an optical illusion? I'm not sure I've ever thought of it that way. But in fact, what we see when we look at art is an illusion. What we're actually looking at is a canvas/paper that has been colored on by some medium to give the illusion of something else.
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.
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.
I'm constantly looking for art to hang in my house. Original pieces take a lot of time and mine tend to serve more of a creative outlet rather than being something I want to look at day in and out. Buying another artist's work can be costly so it's a big decision not to be taken lightly. Just Add Color: Geometric Patterns is the best of both worlds.
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