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See a painting demo by mixed media artist Sandrine Pelissier, showing how she created her newspaper collage, acrylic & ink piece, Recycling Life, a winner in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 All Media Art Competition.
Every serious artist understands the importance of working from life. Whether it’s the still life, portrait or landscape, there’s no reference material that can replace the experience of interpreting subject matter one-on-one. While it’s never easy to progress from painting from photo reference to painting from life, it takes special concentration to do so in the landscape with the ever-changing lighting and conditions. This, along with the overwhelming vastness of the landscape, can stymie even the most technically advanced pastelist.
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.
In this free excerpt from “Introducing the Airbrush” in The Artist’s Magazine (May 2013) by Daniel K. Tennant, he describes how to use a traditional brush, in combination with airbrush techniques, for a flawless finish in his still life painting.
An unexpected gift received more than 30 years ago led English artist Peter Thomas to pastels—and the French countryside. Since then, pastels have been his medium of choice to paint the serene, pastoral landscapes of his adopted homeland. In the June …
Pastellist Lindesay Harkness’ floral still lifes and garden scenes look effortlessly beautiful. Her secret? She spent years learning to see the light effect and the value relationships on which it rests. In the June 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, …
Rocks needn’t be a static element in a landscape. Renowned pastel artist Albert Handell translates the exciting shapes and beautifully nuanced color into dramatic pastels. In the June 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, Handell offers insight into how he approaches …
In her expressive style of photorealism, Louisiana painter Adrian Deckbar creates stunning paintings that explore nature up close and personal. Originally a professional figure painter, Deckbar felt an undeniable pull toward nature a decade ago, and she hasn’t looked back …