May
12
2010

Bring out your dark side (to show more light) by Wilson Bickford

I love to paint the deep woods. There is mystery in the dark depth of the shadows. And the way the light filters through the trees is absolutely majestic! (At least to me.) What appeals to me above all, is the strong light and dark contrast, which is the entire basis of a good painting. So many times, I see beginning painters who possess good intentions, but also ignorance of the importance of a strong light/dark balance in their work. It's been said that, "without the dark, there is no light." That is absolutely true!! The darks are what make the lights "pop" and without enough contrast, the end result will be bland. This principle does not ... [More]
May
12
2010

Have we seen the last of the masters? by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Let me preface these comments by saying that I do not have a formal art education and that's a shame and one day I am going to get it. One area I am particularly sketchy is in art history and, again, I regret this because there is always a great deal of value in knowing the history of any field. That said, here is my take on a brief overview of art history: Primitive people made art because they felt a compulsion to create and to adorn the practical items in their lives. They probably did not have a lot of "masters" at first, although I expect that certain people developed reputations as making particularly attractive baskets or pots or arrow... [More]
May
12
2010

Prismacolor Brings "Art Uninhibited" to Life in New Website

  CHICAGO, March 22, 2010 — With the digital space as its canvas, Prismacolor®, a leader in professional quality art markers, pencils, and supplies, launched a bold and engaging new website today, giving artists of all forms and styles a new medium through which to express themselves and communicate with their peers. The site, created by Draftfcb Chicago, includes a virtual art gallery where visitors can rate and comment on submitted artwork, a digital color coordinator that converts color hues to Prismacolor colors, and a downloadable color chart for easy matching.In addition to showcasing Prismacolor's assort... [More]

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