Color Mixing & The Art of Tone Value & Scheme

Basic color theory, acrylic painting by Patti Mollica

Kick up the Color!

While I wouldn’t describe all of Patti Mollica’s paintings as quiet, I would say they’re humbly bold. She could use all the colors of the rainbow, but instead she goes in for the win by narrowing her choices, coming up with art that speaks volumes.

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The Color Red | A Pastel Valentine

In the 14th century, Chaucer solidified the Valentine's Day's association to love when he composed a poem in honor of the engagement of England’s King Richard II. By the 18th century, the holiday had evolved into an occasion for the exchanging of handmade cards, a custom that spread to the American colonies. Today, the...

The Irish grandparents from Tom, a story based on dePaola’s childhood.

Putting on a Show | Tomie dePaola

An old friend of Tomie’s, Will Hillenbrand, the author and illustrator of award-winning books like What a Treasure!, Traveling to Tondo, Spring Is Here, and Louie!, first met Tomie 27 years ago when Will and his wife, Jane, attended the opening reception for a show of dePaola’s work in Nashua, New Hampshire. The next...

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Three Ways to Mix Watercolours

When you’re passionate about something, it feels good to have something tangible in your hands to browse in your spare time, because while it doesn’t feel like work, it’s still honoring what you love: cooking, for example, and of course, art...