One of the hardest things I have to overcome in my art classes is not the talent level of my students, nor the painting techniques and application of artist materials … no, my biggest hurdle is the self-esteem of the person I’m working with. It’s a tough one, for all the talent in the world won’t offset an artist whose view of himself is below par.
In this excerpt from “Starting with the Darks” by Louise B. Hafesh in The Artist’sMagazine (June 2013), Sarah Lamb leads a step-by-step demo on accomplishing her stunning alla prima approach to painting. The end result is Three Pears (oil, 13×16).Learning to Seeby Sarah Lamb“Nothing is hard to paint when you look at every object the same way.
He Enlisted in Uncle Sam’s Camouflage UnitMinimalist great Ellsworth Kelly, best known for his hard-edge painting, entered into the war efforts of World War II in 1943. He requested to join the 603rd Engineers Camouflage Battalion, which filled its ranks with artists and was known as the Ghost Army.Fine Art in WarIn World War I, artists in the French military were the first to be assigned to a unit specifically designed to use art in combat.
Put the Water in Watercolor ArtWhy not use a water medium to paint water? It just seems logical! You can get stunning results for painting seascapes with these painting techniques for creating different types of moving water: gentle waves, rolling waves, water crashing on rocks and rolling over wet sand, with Grant Fuller in his video, Painting the Sea in Watercolor.
Come to the Dark Side of Pastel PaintingI’m excited to present this powerhouse article from pastel expert Richard McKinley on the importance darkness plays in pastel painting. Without darks, lights don’t shine and colors can lack true depth. Richard talks about how darkness is achieved within the medium, what brands are famous for their darks, and what you can do to feel comfortable painting with them.
Facebook certainly has changed the way we view the world. Every day I seem to learn something new and get inspired by the photos and quotes that cross my news feed. I’ve personally designed my feed to include only positive things, each pertaining to positive thinking, writing, animals, and of course, art!