Painting a Portrait of Steve McQueen – Demo

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    by guest artist/author: Rob Kinsey Often I am asked, "Where do you get your inspiration from?" or "How long does it take you to paint a picture?"  So, I thought for my next work I'd give you an "over the shoulder" look at what goes into one of my paintings. This isn't intended to be a step by step instructional, I'll leave that up to the TV artists! It's about how I work, the different stages of a painting, composition, drawing, … [Read more...]

Photo Realistic Graphite Drawing Tips

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Here are a few simple steps to achieve a realistic still life graphite drawing. Caravaggio is one of my favorite classic painters, he's famous for his use of dramatic lighting in his paintings during the Baroque era.  You don't have to be tied down to this particular technique, but I plan to use a similar effect in demonstating this drawing. Subject Matter & Materials: First decide on the subject matter and materials to use: there … [Read more...]

Painting with Acrylics – The Mystery Explained!

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Have you ever thought about trying your hand at painting, or wondered if acrylics might be the right medium for you? Well, let me encourage you to pick up a paint brush and give them a try! Here are a few reasons why: Acrylics are probably THE most versatile of paints. If you add water to them, you can achieve watercolor effects on paper, but with the permanence of acrylics or oils. (They do not lift off after they dry.) You can paint on … [Read more...]

The History and Importance of North Light in Your Art Studio

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For centuries, artists have understood the benefits of painting with north light which has helped produce some of the greatest paintings in history. We have all heard that north facing windows are optimum for an artist’s studio, but why? North Light: North light, commonly known as reflected light or indirect light, produces cool and controlled value shifts. With a north light window the artist does not have to dread the effects of sun … [Read more...]

Should Artists be People Pleasers?

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Many of us grow up attempting to be people pleasers. As artists we know that is necessary however, how far does one take that? Seth Godin says that it is more important that you are the best in your category and that the category should be specific. People that share your vision will be gravitate to it. The artist's job is to lead it. Pleasing everyone is impossible, if not undesirable. As an artist, the questions you ask yourself … [Read more...]

Alla Prima Painting – The Process

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Alla prima, literally means ‘at first’. This term describes the ‘wet on wet’ painting technique, otherwise known as ‘direct painting’, where the artist completes a painting in one sitting much like plein air painting. Below is my process for alla prima painting. Follow these simple and important tips for a successful painting: First lay in the darks Keep the darks thin and transparent Paint dark to light Dark = … [Read more...]

Luminous Egg Tempera – Tips from a Master

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     Egg tempera painting is traditionally seen as a difficult medium due to it's fast drying time. However once you get over the initial learning curve of how the paint handles it can be a very versatile medium for creating luminous works of art. Below are a few guidelines for anyone starting out. 1. Paint Thin and Dry Egg tempera painting is best applied thinly and a in a dry brush manner. Impasto techniques are not well suited … [Read more...]

6 Tips for a Stress Free Sketchbook

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A sketchbook is an artist's best friend! Okay...well, sometimes. Other times, it is a pain in the neck, another one of those things you feel you should be doing but do not have the time for. You may be wondering why you should care. A sketchbook is a visual record of your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations and your creative process. It is a collection of your creative endeavours, however formal or casual they might be. A sketchbook is also … [Read more...]

Watercolor Painting & Its Materials for the Beginner

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Raised on a horse farm with artists prevalent in my family, I was destined to paint horses.  Throughout my thirty years of painting, I have used many mediums to convey my feelings about the things around me, including the horse, but my specialty is watercolor. In the past I have worked in other mediums including oils on canvas, which I still use from time to time. I have worked with pastels and I love them and their brilliant colors, they don’t … [Read more...]

A Pastel Study – Tips & Demo

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"Why would one do a pastel study?" you might ask. I believe it is for the same reason a pianist practices their scales, or a figure skater practices their figure eights and jumps. Only until those small components of your art become second nature and you have solved the small problems, are you able to put the pieces together into a "long" program where your emotion and passion creates something complete and whole. In "Green Grapes Study" I … [Read more...]


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