Aug
20
2010

Liquid Pencil

There is some hype about a new product....the Sharpie Liquid Pencil.  This is a fun item that writes like pencil and remains eraseable for 24 hours before it becomes permanent.  But wait!  This sounds familiar!  Matisse Derivan has been making a product called the liquid pencil.  Although the Sharpie is great as an everyday writing utensil, the Matisse liquid pencil is made for artists.  It comes as a fluid so you can pour it onto your palette and use a brush.  In addition, there are 4 subtly shaded undertones and 2 neutral graphite shades to use.  You can use brushes, pen nibs, or any other mark-making... [More]
May
12
2010

On Being an Artist by Valerie (Valry) Drake

My thoughts have been wandering on the subject of being an artist. The idea of calling myself an "artist" is difficult. The majority of my income is derived from my day job. So what qualifies me to claim this title? Or am I being overly ostentatious? Am I an artist solely because I produce art? Possibly it has more to do with the fact that I consistently produce art. I practice. There is seldom a week that I do not produce some art. If I go more than a couple of days without drawing or painting then I start to dream of paintbrushes and the texture of paint, the feel of the paintbrush sweeping across canvas, the smell of oil paint, and intens... [More]

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