Painting a Portrait of Steve McQueen – Demo

Rob Kensey Art

    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...]

5 Reasons Why Artists Need Social Media & Eye Opening Stats to Back It Up!


Social media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. But, many artists still are intimidated at the idea of joining in on the Social Media Revolution. In fact, there are many artists out there who still don't have a website or email! Well if it's working, more power to them! But for the rest of us artists who are challenged by the economy, it is time for us to 'think outside the frame' or studio! Here's why... Keep … [Read more...]

A Painting Elephant Artist!

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  With nearly 5 million views, there is a good chance that many of you have seen this amazing video of an Asian Elephant artist!  I can't tell you how many times people have shared their desire to paint with me. I like to fondly call these wanna-be artists, "Armchair-Artists" who sit around reading about and looking at art. I do my best to encourage them out of the chair and into the studio.  But, I am often met with comments like: "I have … [Read more...]

My Featured Painting – “Approaching Shadows”

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  ~Approaching Shadows~ by Lori McNee Approaching Shadows 9x12 oil/board Sold Lately, I have been featuring my still life paintings on this blog to the point of neglecting my landscapes! And yes, I am a landscape painter as well... It is enjoyable for me to have the balance of painting both still life and landscape. I tend to paint more still life during the winter months and naturally, when the weather warms, I venture out into the … [Read more...]

Give a New Identity to an Unsold Painting!

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Many of you might ‘gasp’ at the thought of taking an unsold painting out of the gallery and back into the studio to rework it. But famous artists like Van Gogh and Wyeth, for example, recycled canvases by painting - actually painting over their earlier works. From time to time, that is exactly what I do - I like to give a new identity to an unsold painting! ...and here I go again! (Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge for … [Read more...]

Photo Realistic Graphite Drawing Tips


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...]

How to Paint a Blue Jay Bird – Video Demo

Still Life in Blue & White thumb

  When I was little I use to nurse injured birds back to health. Birds are a 'bit of the wind' and have always amazed me. Obviously I enjoy honoring them in paint. Learn how to paint feathers and watch the beautiful Blue Jay come to life in this oil painting speed video demonstration!  I hope you enjoy viewing this video as much as I enjoyed making it. Let me know what you think...   Lori … [Read more...]

Painting with Acrylics – The Mystery Explained!

Red Velvet - Joanne

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


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...]

My Featured Painting – “Jeweled Visitors”

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  ~Jeweled Visitors~ by Lori McNee Jeweled Visitors 36×24 oil/board $4800 Available at Kneeland Gallery This painting was created for the invitation piece for my upcoming gallery show in March at Kneeland Gallery. Orchids and hummingbirds are some of my favorite things. I chose to paint this still life scene as if the birds stopped in for a short respite. My still life art creates enough mystery to allow the viewer's imagination to … [Read more...]




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