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In my heart, I belong to Cincinnati. This town is known for loyalists, and even though I typically buck against the current, this is one instance in my life where I proudly flow along with it in content tranquility. That is why I always feel slightly guilty when I skip over all the cute little jars of buttons near the registers of all the cute little stores in Cincinnati. I do this because I know about a well-kept secret tucked on the second floor of a shop.
Using luminescent acrylic paints, Tom Bacher paints landscapes and portraits with spectacular lighting effects. He combines different brands of fluorescent and phosphorescent paints to achieve the look he wants for various elements in paintings that change in color and composition over time.
Murals are always a fun surprise. One minute you’re walking down a city street composed of muted grays and faded blacks, and the next, you’re staring at a colorful urban masterpiece, painted joyfully across the side of a building. We’re lucky enough to have some stunners here in Cincinnati, but Philadelphia is universally recognized as the World’s Largest Outdoor Art Gallery, and is home to over 3,600 public artworks. The Mural Arts Program has made them all accessible in their tours, by way of trolley, bike, train, or your own two feet.
Maple, Wisconsin has a population that’s under 700 (as of the 2000 census). Of those 700 or so residents, at least one of them is an accomplished artist who has won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. …
It’s funny how animals can capture one’s love and attention, whether they live with us side-by-side, or if we just see glimpses of them by chance in nature. To watch them is rewarding. To draw them takes a studious eye and knowledge of their habitat, anatomy and even stereotypical features, such as the guarding nature of a dog.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” A Da Vinci exhibition I saw at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Ore., reminded me of the struggles artists have deciding when a piece of artwork is finished. The exhibition was filled with models and examples of da Vinci’s creative and scientific ingenuity. Of particular interest to painters were the sections dedicated to Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
This week we are featuring Suncluster by Anne Chaddock from the 12th edition of our Splash: Best of Watercolor art competition. [click image to enlarge] Suncluster by A.Chaddock | Watercolor on 300-lb. (640gsm) cold-pressed watercolor paper | 15″ x 22″ …
The time of year has come again where my body starts shaking off winter, (slowly, laboriously), and lumbering toward the door to outside, where it expects a sunny spring day. It’s an expectation that isn’t always met with equaled enthusiasm from the sky, ground, misty air—whatever is preventing it—but yesterday was spring perfection.
by Richard Stephens Over the years, I’ve had many students take my watercolor workshops because they want to “loosen up.” Because I strive for a loose, spontaneous look in my watercolor paintings, they want to learn my tricks. One …