If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.
To a large extent, the success of the presentation of your paintings and drawings literally hangs on the hardware you choose. A little knowledge could save your art!
Painting the mouth can be a challenge but, done right, the mouth becomes one of the most expressive aspects of the face. Candace Bohannan shows how the masters handled this important feature.
Portraits of Holocaust survivors might well be considered the work of decades because truly surviving such a traumatic upheaval goes far beyond living through the experience. Surviving, in its fullest sense, entails thriving—going on to rebuild a life and, eventually, look back upon the days before, during and after the Holocaust to see the complex...
See a painting demo by mixed-media artist Sandrine Pelissier, showing how she created her newspaper collage, acrylic & ink piece, Recycling Life.
Do oil paints pose health hazards for artists? What about solvents? Follow a few simple safe-practices and you'll be fine.
Richard Whitten may spend years developing the concept and composition of his trompe l'oeil paintings. See the creative stages behind "Thaumatrope."
To make a collage that will last for years, you need to use a glue that's up to the job. Collage artist Jonathan Talbot gives his recommendations and tips.
Still life artist Harriet Shorr arranged her setups with strange and disparate objects. With from-the-gut planning, she let the meaning fall where it might.
Painting rocks, for me, is, in part, a matter of contrasts and harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself.
Jaye Schlesinger paints still lifes in oil that feature the modern-day symbols of brand names, logos and consumer products so we can see them with new eyes and gain a better understanding of ourselves.