Keep an art journal to trace your creative pathby Cathy JohnsonArt journals open doors to our unique brands of creativity as places to plan, dream, respond to something that catches our eye and process the events in our lives. Inside we can sketch; test new colors, tools or materials; practice a variety of washes or techniques; doodle; plan larger works; try out concepts and compositions; and even complete paintings.
Five distinguished pastel artists from the United States—Alan Flattmann, Gwenneth Barth-White, Jason Chang, Jimmy Wright and Richard McKinley—are just coming back from a momentous trip to China where they participated in the very first China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition. The city is famous for its canals and stone bridges, pagodas, and scrupulously designed gardens—and now for its support and celebration of pastel art!
Robin Erickson finds the extraordinary in the ordinary by painting window reflections using watercolor. While others dash past cityscape windows to their destinations, she watches and waits with her camera. Once she glimpses the goings-on outside reflected in those windows—a couple strolling in perfect sync, a metro bus buzzing by—she knows she has a complete story to paint.
Best Ways to Paint in Your StudioEnergy Field Water by Nancy Reyner, acrylic on canvasSomeone once asked me if I go to my studio every day, or do I wait until I feel creative. I discovered that I paint using three different cycles: beginning, continuing and completion.Perhaps this may seem too simple.
Happy New Year everyone! With the beginning of a new year, many of you, including myself, have made a resolution to do more art. I can’t think of a better goal!I came out of this holiday season exhausted, for I took on a lot of commissions I needed to have completed and shipped out by Christmas. While I love the business, there is one thing that makes that aspect of my job very difficult: the quality of reference photos that people provide me.
Garvies Point 2, oil on linen, 28 x 42, 2009. All works by Rob Zeller.I’ve always dreamed of having something, anything—shoes, a coat, a car!—custom made. While all of those are pretty much still out of my reach, I know that I can custom design how I get my art training.There are a lot of options out there for us art-minded folk, but I spoke to Rob Zeller, director of the Teaching Studios of Art, to get some guidance on what I should look for in art classes and what kinds of art instruction are out there to choose from.