May
12
2010

Waiting for the Ship to Come In by M Theresa Brown

  You gotta love it! How can we not be inspired by the artists coming up to us after our seminars and telling us that we have opened new doors for them? Or that the group makes them feel as though they belong? Yet I was saddened that the laughter at my stories about my experiences in art school were so universal. Not just then, but now. And I thought about my early experience in art school....Watching the video we filmed during our Jan 14 seminar....{OK I need to learn to stand still and we need the professional expertise of Burning Oak Studios!} however, you can still hear the turning point story. For me, my professors are all frozen... [More]
May
12
2010

All Paint is NOT Created Equal! by Deb Bartos

All paint is not created equal! I've painted in water-mixable oils for the past 6 years, which took some adjusting from the traditional oils in ease of use. The texture of the paint was different; either too slick and slidey on the canvas (like whipped cream), or too stiff out of the tube (more like lumps of clay rather than butter). With time, I learned to adapt, and have been creating more satisfying results. They all left me longing for a “"faster and smoother" paint, especially for larger paintings. I longed to load up the brush and have it glide across the canvas the way the oils used to do. Recently I've tried a n... [More]
May
12
2010

Preserving our Past by Wilson Bickford

As artists, we are able to record the details of our generation for all posterity.To prove my point, I will mention two names: George Washington and Jesus Christ. Upon reading those names, it's without question that a "visual" popped into your head, correct?The reason is that you have a reference to these two individuals because of artists' interpretations through the centuries. There are countless examples such as these and I simply picked these two because they are so well-known. Christ has been portrayed through imagination (no one really knows what he looked like) by thousands of artists and Washington posed several times for portraitist ... [More]

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