Make the most of your plein air art sessions by planning ahead for a studio painting.By Michael Chesley JohnsonFor many of us, painting en plein air art is an addiction— but one with benefits. Also, as much as you may dislike racing with light that changes by the hour, those shifting light conditions push you to record only essentials—a real plus if you’re a painter tempted to add unnecessary detail.
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ArtistsNetwork.TV is offering 30 off any subscription (a one-time offer for either a one-month or one-annual use) now until January 31st. This is a one-time only chance, so definitely take the opportunity to see what ArtistsNetwork.TV has to offer you!Your subscription will give you unlimited access to more than 500 art video workshops in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, drawing, and more.
With the holidays in full swing, no doubt you’re thinking about what to get those special people on your list. And by artful I mean I made them.Now, it’s perfectly fine to give someone a piece of your artwork—a collage, painting, assemblage, etc. But if you’re not 100 percent sure that artwork is going to be appreciated the way you would like it to be, I recommend making handmade holiday gifts that are functional.
A few months ago mixed-media collage artist Crystal Neubauer was at our Cincinnati video studio to film four instructional videos for ArtistsNetwork.tv and we thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes photos of her week here!Here is Crystal on the set for day 1 of filming. I love seeing all of her artwork hanging on the walls.
It says a lot that summer is here and I am tempted to abandon sunshine and blue skies to sneak inside and spend time in the studio sketching and drawing. And I “blame” it completely on our new free eBook, How to Draw and Paint Mythical Creatures: Unicorns, Fairies, Dragons More.From Dreamscapes: Myth Magic by Stephanie Pui-Mon Law.
Watercolor: so easy, so versatile, and so much fun, right? Whether you’re just picking up a brush for the first time, or you’ve learned a lot about watercolor painting techniques, there’s always something new to learn– or relearn, and watercolor is one of the best mediums to learn how to paint with. However, watercolor can be deceptive: learning the painting techniques might take a few minutes, but it’ll take a lifetime to master, and what could be a better goal than to spend a lifetime making beautiful paintings?
Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon are skilled artists, inspiring instructors, and just really kind people. If youve ever been in a workshop with either of them, you are lucky enough to know what I mean. They share their experiences as working artists and motivate those around them with the wealth of knowledge they share.
Rhododendron by James Sulkowski, 2001, oil painting. Notice how theflowers are arranged in a curving S-shape, starting in the back and bringyour eye to the foreground.How to Paint Flowers: An eBookMost artists have a love-hate relationship with floral painting. Theres plenty to learn from the genre, but Ive found that what I truly get out of it depends on what I put into it.
For Endless Variety, Paint Acrylic FlowersThere’s a long tradition of painting flowers, but no matter how many paintings we see, they never seem to get old; probably because there’s an infinite number of colors, styles and compositions to bring something so beautiful and dramatic to the page. Whether Perhaps it’s the desire to lend permanence to something with a life so fleeting; perhaps we just love the clean lines and bright pops of color.
Scott Waddell is an artist that Im just getting to know, but his expertise and skills speak for themselves. Hes a classically trained painter who studied at the Florence Academy of Art as well as the Waterstreet Atelier with Jacob Collins, and he currently teaches at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City.
Preview Paper Collage Techniques with Nita Leland below to learn how to encase objects, like these oak leaves, in rice paper using gel medium.So what makes this particular collage technique so great?gel medium is archival, as is the paper, so it keeps the object preserved, along with the items it comes into contact with.
Painting is a deep and vast ocean. And while I am deeply drawn to that wide-open aspect of it, Im also super intimidated by it too! I feel like there is no limit to what I can learn, and while Im thirsty for it, it sometimes it feels like drinking from a fire hose!Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer,oil painting, 1667, 17.
CAPTURE THE BEAUTYNothing can seem more difficult, or be more rewarding, than capturing the likeness and essence of a person on canvas. But you can learn how to master the art of portraiture with Capturing the Beauty of Monochrome Oil Portraits from professional portrait painter Chris Saper. In this art lesson, she demonstrates her favorite painting techniques to create a portrait in oils using a monochromatic palette.
Artist’s Graphic Designer’s Market has provided artists and designers with the best business tips and advice for more than 38 years now. In the 2013 edition you’ll find 1,700+ market contacts and a variety of helpful business articles and inspirational interviews with top-notch artists and designers.
Robert Johnson strikes the perfect balance between master artist and down-to-earth mentor, supporting his students while pushing them to create the best works that they can. At a recent three-day workshop sponsored by The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia, Johnson led students through the stages of creating a still life flower painting with oils.
Turn Your Photos into Beautiful, Light-Filled Paintings!Paint Amazing Watercolors from PhotographsBy Henry W. DixonIf a picture is worth a thousand words, watercolor has the power to transform that picture into pure poetry. Paint Amazing Watercolors from Photographs will show you how to do just that, step by creative step.
View: a reader and studier by nature, but the lessons and techniques that I learn from books and magazines always seem to click much quicker when I watch an artist paint, rather than try to puzzle everything out on my own.
Capturing Fall in Full SwingOne of our resident artists, Marc Taro Holmes, delivers a great urban sketching demo to us based on his jaunts out and about in Montreal, Canada. Enjoy the gorgeous fall colors of the turning leaves against crisp blue skies. Marc takes you for a fun “tour” and gives us all the insight we need on how to make the scenes we see come alive through watercolor sketching.
Artist Janie Gildow isn’t scared to work on the dark side when drawing with colored pencils — that is, the dark side of paper. Below, Gildow demonstrates how to draw an owl’s eye and feathers on a black surface using colored pencil techniques.Her drawing tips and tricks are a real “hoot.” Enjoy!Working on the Dark SideColored pencil on white paper glows with bright color, but colored pencil on black is elegant, subtle and mysterious.
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In her new book, Alternative Art Journals, author and artist Margaret Peot shows readers fun ways to collect creative thoughts and inspirations as well as how to create personal and unique art journals that break free from the confines of traditional sketchbooks.In this demonstration, Peot shows how to use Coptic binding to make a specific book of a particular size.