Perceptions of Nature – My New Encaustic Paintings

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This winter I have been working really hard at a new series of artwork - encaustic wax paintings. Working with encaustic wax is a tactile, poetic, emotional experience. I am seduced by the alluring, organic translucencies of the encaustic medium. Labor intensive and difficult to master, the wax has a mind of its own, but this makes the medium even more exciting. When painting with encaustic, I am embracing the ‘unknown’ and enjoy the … [Read more...]

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

Whether artists want a stretched canvas or a mounted canvas, both have advantages and disadvantages between purchasing the readymade or making your own. (The following tips also apply toward linen). Stretching your own Canvas versus Pre-Stretched Canvas First we will discuss the things you should think through when evaluating the possibility of stretching your own canvas as opposed to buying pre-stretched. ·       Space If you want to … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

A New Year means new drawings, so to help you make 2014 your most creative year yet, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite drawing tips and techniques to kick-start your artwork and help you to achieve stunning results. Pens and pencils at the ready… Draw upside down Nope, I haven’t lost my mind – drawing upside down helps you to ‘unlearn’ the bad habit most of us have of drawing what we think we see, not what we actually see. For example, … [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...]

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...]

The Importance Of Using Neutrals In Art

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Neutrals are any set of tones created when mixing two complementary colors and any amount of white. In the beginning, I failed to realize the connection between using both neutrals and saturated colors in my paintings, and ultimately my work suffered. But, when I started thinking in terms of neutrality and saturation my work dramatically began to improve. Over time I became more sensitive to subtleties and shifts in color temperature. In the … [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

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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...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

grey pad

My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the time. You can read my review here > … [Read more...]

How to Steal A Van Gogh Idea For Your Own Portrait Painting

Portrait of Eugène Boch

When it comes to color, we can certainly learn, or even better, steal from the masters. My all time favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh, who is my inspiration, mentor, and I dare tell you, my dream-lover! Here is how I used the great artist's idea in two of my own paintings, one a self portrait and the other a portrait of my 1-year-old daughter. The Inspiration "Portrait of Eugène Boch" may not be the most famous Van Gogh but it is one of … [Read more...]


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