Jun
7
2010

Devaluing the Material - Valuing the Artist by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Have you ever been intimidated by a blank canvas or blank piece of paper? All that pristine whiteness is just looking at you, waiting for the first mark of pencil or brush. Waiting for you to either create beauty or to spoil its pureness.Nonsense!In most of my beginning classes we have an exercise that I call “devaluing the material – valuing the artist.” We start with construction paper – the kind that children use.  You can get a large package of construction paper for very little cost. And we also have a box of crayons, preferably the mixed up box of broken crayons with the paper gone from some and all jumbled ... [More]
Jun
3
2010

New DVD Release from Wilson Bickford

  I’m happy to announce that Jerry’s has just released my newest Oil Painting Dvd, entitled “SHALLOW FALLS.” This project utilizes an acrylic basecoat, over which oils are applied. The key to this approach is in letting the dark background show through, which yields a great deal of depth to the rocks and water areas. Tips for rendering foliage are also highlighted. Also, for you budding Watercolorists, be on the look-out for my next instructional DVD, “NEW ENGLAND WINTER,” which will be available in the very near future.  This lesson will focus on many common Watercolor techniques, such as us... [More]
Jun
1
2010

The Advantages of Painting a Series by Deb Bartos

A series of paintings is a really good way of organizing your mind and your art.It gives you a plan, it gives you a chance to explore the subject pastjust one painting. It gives you a good excuse to stop a painting at a reasonable place. Many times, I’m having so much fun painting one painting, I don’t want to quit. This can lead to over-working a painting, which equals sentencing it to death. The viewer always has to have something to do to participate in a work, and if you have completed all the details, there is nothing for him/her to do. The last thing you paint is always the first thing the viewer sees, and if you paint pa... [More]

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