Palette Knife Painting Tips

palette knife painting tips

Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool to master because the initial application of paint is so direct and striking. There is a purity of color that can be achieved when painting with a knife that is very different than with a brush. The “creaminess” of the paint really … [Read more...]

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

6 great art-blogs for those-addicted-to-learning

I’m addicted to learning. I grew up in a household where education is extremely important and success was achieved by studying and working hard at whatever you desire. This mentality has stuck with me all of my life. So, in my journey to become a good artist, I have to find resources, and art blogs for learning. So, what do I look for in a art blog? Several things: Excellent artwork. Interesting ideas that I can adapt with using my current … [Read more...]

Planning for a Studio Visit

Planning for a Studio Visit

Whether your studio is a posh loft in a fashionable arts district or a spare room in the back of your house, there are times when you need to open it up to show it to others. To visitors and clients, your studio is more than your creative and working environment; it is a reflection of your business and professionalism. Most of my work is custom commissioned, and I used to always deliver the finished paintings to my clients rather than have … [Read more...]

3 Free Tools to Create Awesome Images and Graphics

Studies have found that images bring in the most engagement on social media platforms. Images and graphics are also a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog. But, have you ever felt as though you’ve run out of creative images and graphics or blogging ideas? Well, I have found 3 online tools that will help you get your blogging mojo back.  The following tools will inspire you to create viral content for sites like Pinterest, Facebook, … [Read more...]

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

(photo: Håkan Dahlström) At the beginning of each new year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves. "Getting Fit" is at the top of most New Year’s resolutions lists. But, it sometimes becomes difficult to keep up the enthusiasm of an exercise regime. Nevertheless, artists and other creative thinkers might become more motivated by staying healthy and ‘getting fit’ after learning of the link between exercise and … [Read more...]

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paints

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paints are some of the most versatile paints in the world, as they can be used straight from the tubes they come in, or you can thin them with water to create a lighter, more watercolor option. However, no matter how easy they are to use, if you’re a beginner you’re apt to have no idea how to use them. The good thing about acrylic paints is that they are incredibly easy to learn how to use it, so you’ll soon be an expert when it comes to … [Read more...]

Empowering Quotes About Life & Art

Empowering Quotes on Art & Life

“The sky is a canvas, so paint your own life.” ~ Jada Berglund "This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau "Art is a personal act of courage. Something one human does that creates change in another" ~ Seth Godin Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~ Kak Sri "Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

One of the biggest rewards of blogging is that it has introduced me to many fellow artists from around the world. I often receive requests for help and advice from talented artists from other countries where it is very challenging, if not impossible, to be an artist. Large canvas painter, Tamara Vogrin is one such example. Tamara is a self-taught artist and a Bachelor of Textile Engineer from Slovenia, Europe. Like many aspiring artists, … [Read more...]

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Drawing is one of the central elements of visual arts, along playing a crucial role in a multitude of other creative and technical fields, and is one that improves with practice and helps develop other types of visual communication. (Betty Edwards is a pioneer in this area, and inspired this post with her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Check out her site.) Artist and master draughtsman David Hockney has stated that: Being … [Read more...]

How To Transfer A Charcoal Drawing In Encaustic

owl charcoal

Lately, I have been busy painting a bird series in encaustic wax.  Along the way I have been posting examples of my work in progress on Facebook. Quit a few of my followers have asked me how to make a charcoal transfer onto the encaustic wax. It is very simple... Here's what you will need: A photograph or drawing of the subject you wish to transfer. A 'primed' encaustic board. The board must be primed with a layer of wax medium … [Read more...]


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