in addition to your paint and brush, you need a specific surface on which to work. Who would’ve thought that paper would make such a big difference? For beginners, that answer (at least) can be solved here, now.
In last week’s blog post, I started a discussion about the transport of unframed pastel paintings, starting with information about the importance of the painting surface support. As I mentioned there, Gatorfoam board has become a very popular product for this purpose. Here, I'll continue the conversation with a discussion of protective sheets, tape...
Each of a dog’s features come together to form the whole picture, of his personality or a rendition of it. That’s where Sandra Angelo comes in, with lessons on how to draw animals. Here she shares a step-by-step demo on how to draw this curious little part of a dog’s face.
As marvelous as the medium of pastel is for painting on location, there's one issue that has to be addressed to make sure our efforts survive: Transportation. Small travel-sized pastel palettes have made our lives vastly easier, as has the introduction by most major pastel manufacturers of half-stick assortments of their most popular colors....
Artist Jean Pederson has adapted several techniques to suit her personality, one of which is to apply wet glazing on a vertical surface. Learn how in this guest blog post.
Retaining a positive outlook when painting is an important factor to a successful outcome. As any athlete will attest, if you think you’ll hit the ball, you probably will. By keeping a positive can-do attitude as an artist, you’ll likely produce a more confident painting. Yet there’s one instance when a negative viewpoint may prove...
When it comes to drawing flowers, I personally believe that the single most important element is the ability of the artist to create realistic looking edges.
In last week's post, I discussed the effects that linear and aerial perspective have upon the appearance of depth within a painting. Understanding the physics behind the two can give an artist the ability to manipulate them for creative purposes without compromising the integrity of the scene.
One of the most magical qualities created in representational painting is the illusion of depth on a flat surface. The better we understand the two forms of perspective involved in the illusion, the easier it becomes to represent.
It seems that most of us—even when we have mapped out a destination for a painting—still find it hard to know when to put down the pastel stick and stop working. In fact, one of the most commonly asked question in one of my workshops is "How do you know when you are done?"
Printmaking is a fascinating way to make marks in mixed-media art. And Traci Bautista fearlessly explores ways to use unexpected objects to create new designs.