|Untitled by Mark Tennant, 2009, charcoal,
24 x 18. Featured in Drawing, Winter 2010.
As we head into the home stretch of the holiday season and finish up the year, I did the math and realized it is just a couple of months shy of my anniversary at Artist Daily. Every year has flown by! And I’m still loving it—communicating with painters and draftsmen, writing articles for our eNewsletters, and sharing in the art process with so many of you.
On behalf of all the gift-giving going on right about now, I wanted to highlight some of the resources that have been on my radar for a while. So that if you give or receive a North Light Shop Gift Certificate this year, and want to indulge your artistic side, you’ll have a few recommendations to get you started. Each resource is about a different topic, but the high level of instruction is a must for those of us always looking to improve our skills.
Community is one of the most important components in my life. Whether it is a network of family and friends; working with teammates; or volunteering in my community—when I am in a group it is one of the most rewarding experiences I know. That’s especially true with artistic practice. Art Journal Freedom is an inspiring resource because it shows how art can bring us together through self-expression. It presents ideas for journaling, and how to create with a strong vision. It’s a very interesting read, which now has me thinking in new directions.
I’ve always been intimidated by charcoal drawing. Whenever I start a charcoal sketch, it’s soon over because the charcoal is everywhere and I’m a mess. The winter 2010 issue of Drawing made me want to try again. An article on artist and charcoal expert Jen Hagen was devoted entirely to her charcoal works, and Mark Tennant’s drawings in charcoal were featured as well. The two combined made me see how I can better approach the form with charcoal and how to add and subtract charcoal to a piece.
|C.W. Mundy working through his seven foundational
truths for this still life painting, featuring three
oranges and a brass kettle.
I can’t get enough of C. W. Mundy. He is the artist I would hang out with the most if I had the opportunity. He is an exceptionally skilled painter, and he’s also a lot of fun. His DVD, Mastering the Dramatic Still Life, is great because you get an in-depth lesson on still life painting from C. W. as he takes you through his seven foundational truths. The artist keeps it exciting by telling stories and talking you through the process in a way that makes it seem as though you are in the studio with him.
I’ve been doing a bit of this myself, so when I came across the book Rethinking Acrylic, it was apropos. The book goes over many ways that acrylics can be used and manipulated. That’s exciting, because once I start to understand the potential of a medium the creativity starts flowing. I zeroed in on the chapters covering the watermedia effects you can get with acrylic, and the sections about collage and reflective paint are interesting as well.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to give a North Light Shop Gift Certificate for the art lover in your life. It’s the perfect gift that allows them to keep their art going strong! Happy Holidays!