Jun
1
2010

June Artist of the Month - Ranjini Venkatachari

Bio Ranjini Venkatachari was born and raised in southern India where she completed her Bachelors degree in mathematics. Before taking up colored pencils she has extensively worked in graphite and ethnic Indian painting techniques.Her works have been juried in many National and International shows across the US, like the Salmagundi Annual non-member exhibition, Leading masters of Contemporary Realism (International guild of Realism), Women Painters of Washington and Colored Pencil Society of America's International show. Ranjini's works have also been published in the American Artist, the International Artist and the Southwest arts magazine. ... [More]
May
12
2010

Three Artist Must Haves by Angeline Marie Martinez

  There are three items that I always have with me and I would like to share them with you. Most are curious about how I can work as an artist but not be obvious about it. Here are my "must haves" as an artist:1. Observation SkillsThe first item is what my boyfriend Andy refers to as the "Shiny Thing Syndrome." I just have to walk around looking at everything and anything! It doesn't matter if I'm at a hardware store (it's really an artist toy store) or at a park. My head does the 180 degree swivel and my pace is a stroll. Observing the environment is source of inspiration for me. Sometimes I do not know where I get my ideas. But some... [More]
May
12
2010

Grrrrr by Valerie (Valry) Drake

Typically I am fairly good at technical stuff since my day job deals with technology. But recently a technical issue has really messed up one of my art pieces. I still haven't resolved the situation but let me tell you about it. I have been doing a series of colored pencil abstracts for my product line on cafe press and, overall, they have been going very well. They take about 20 hours each but they are turning out close to the vision I have had. Well, at least they are getting closer. Anyway, I do the art piece and then scan it and do a little editing to get it ready for the product line on cafe press, including turning the background trans... [More]

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