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Micoette Box (pastel, 23x30) by Abel Marquez

Abel Marquez | Artist of the Month

I prefer to materialize my idea in a very fast draft on a small piece of paper that could even be a napkin; it’s only purpose is to see how volumes can work in the composition. This couldn’t even be called a sketch, sometimes I look for the elements that could work with an...

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Creativity Workshop: Positive Negative Responses

In the October issue of Watercolor Artist, Brenda Swenson challenged readers to use negative painting techniques to capture their subjects in watercolor. The response was incredibly positive, making this one of the most successful “Creativity Workshops” of all time. We’re now pleased to announce that the “editors’ choice” and the winner of our prize...

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Painting Still Lifes | Lea Colie Wight Profile

Stillness and Light Lea Colie Wight conveys a contemplative mood with a palette whose blues and turquoises evoke her home by the sea. By Rosemary Barrett Seidner With a color sensibility that warms the traditionally cool colors that constitute her palette, Lea Colie Wight sets out to capture the simplicity and intimacy of the...

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Painting Still Lifes | Jim Phalen Profile

Painting Still Lifes | Nature Morte Jim Phalen plays with the nature of contradictions in still lifes that arrest and sometimes confound the viewer’s gaze.   By Deborah Secor I paint glacially slow paintings, almost exclusively from life. The challenge and reward are in how I make a painting meaningful and my own,” says...

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How to Paint on Metallic Surfaces: Gold, Silver, Bronze

Shimmering metallic surfaces always add a wow factor to paintings. Walking through an art museum or gallery, we pay special attention to works depicting a flash of gold, silver or other metal. Careful inspection, however, shows that their reflective gleam results from a simple juxtaposition of colors, shadows and highlights. Continue reading to learn...