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Negative Space in Painting | Embrace the Negative for Positive Results

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...

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Oil Painting: How To Become a Master

If you’re like me, and you haven’t reached that “wow” moment yet, then I encourage you to keep working hard until you do. Once you reach it, the feeling you experience will be one of the most joyous of your life. I know. I’ve experienced that feeling, that strong sense of achievement, with my...

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Painting Perspective | Techniques Used to Accentuate Depth

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.

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A Passion for Color | The Pastels of Robin Hazard-Bishop

"Robin Hazard Bishop is one of those artists whose joy in painting is visibly evident in her work," writes artist and writer Carole Katchen. "She doesn’t paint to please other people. She doesn’t paint to win awards or even to make a living. She simply paints out of a passion for art and color."

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Pastel Artist Robin Sheard Nyikos | The Figure in the Outdoors

"Robin Sheard Nyikos paints pastel portraits and still lifes that brilliantly combine richly layered surfaces with great clarity of form," says arts writer John A. Parks. "Juxtaposing the patterns of exotic fabrics with delicately nuanced descriptions of flesh, her paintings present a world that’s delightfully varied, pleasingly sensual and always engaging."

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Understanding Perspective and Painting Depth

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.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...