"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."
Seascapes and beaches are easily some of the most photographed and painted subjects in art. It's not surprising, though. The seaside offers so many gorgeous vistas, from the lively birds and wildlife to the varied textures of sand, surf, rocks, seashells, and even dried coral.
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
As hobbies go, urban sketching gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil, you are equipped to start drawing your city or village, the people who live there, and the things that are happening in it.
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.
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
"All art requires courage." -Anne Tucker
Majestic mountain scenes adorn the walls of art museums around the world. Capturing the wide angle of towering mountain ranges is an impressive artistic feat.
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