Jun
16
2010

Painting in Your Own Backyard by Deb Bartos

This sounds like something you would do if you were three and your mother was hanging clothes on the line.  It is really excellent art education advice.  Ordinary and mundane objects can be the best subjects ever.  An added advantage is not wasting time or money on the commute to painting expeditions.Consider the impressionists and what they painted.  Their subjects were their families, each other, a table set for lunch, a vase of flowers.  OK, there was Renoir and the women and Degas and the ballet dancers, but they generally painted every day life.  Impressionism was just a phrase coined by an art critic who sa... [More]
Jun
8
2010

Painting and Selling Portraits - the Family Dog by M Theresa Brown

  Two of my five dogs think they have achieved stardom because they are featured in a 2 hour DVD!   There's  Louie, a shaggy little cockapoo rescued from an uncertain fate, and DaVinci, an impressive looking Rottweiler who, in truth, is a little dog trapped in  a big dog body.Both are my models at the Burning Oak Studios where I filmed the DVD Painting and Selling Portraits-the Family Dog.  They were perfect gentlemen while working among all the equipment and lights and took all the attention in stride. After all, they had  everything they needed: doting people, squeaky toys and dog biscuits.  Lights, ... [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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