How many people resolve to get fitter in the New Year? I'm guessing a lot. Maybe you too? I know that I did resolve to exercise regularly from January onwards. Guess what happened?
They say that there are three chronic types of fear: the fear of failure, fear of success and fear of change. Which one do you relate to?
Studies suggest that the greatest fear out of these three is the fear of change. I have to agree based on my limited experience. But I believe that this fear also has the greatest potential for helping us grow. With the New Year about to begin there is no better time to start than right now. Ready?
Recently I visited an open studio and enjoyed spending a little time in another artist’s space. It is always interesting to me as I recognise the little peculiarities in such an environment. Little details that artists share in the creative process. But then I noticed a prominent sign near the door as I turned around. It said “No Cameras – Please do not take photos of the Art!” As I was a tourist I was carrying a camera although I was not using it. But I still felt a tad unwelcome. But what surprised me more was the request not to take photos of the art.
You may be wondering what I mean? What is wrong with demanding that nobody take photos of your art? You could be missing a huge opportunity. Consider this:
What is the most versatile painting medium for anyone who enjoys painting? If acrylics come to mind then I have to agree. It is likely that your earliest introduction to painting as a child was with acrylics. Maybe watercolour too, but as far as scope of use is concerned acrylics must be first choice. What about for beginners? Acrylics is my choice for beginners and not watercolour.
You may be thinking that you grew up with watercolours so they must be simple to use. Not so.
Here is why you should consider acrylics instead.
Year end beckons and the festive season kicks off properly from today. That is always how it seems to me. From the first of December the hustle and bustle steps up a few notches. But did it seem that November was especially frenetic to you? The month end chase for discount deals was crazy. Apparently it was chaos at some stores and people fought for their discount goods. There must be a simpler way to end the year.
Here are a few thoughts on this topic and how my my family have agreed to do something about the materialism issue.
A few months ago you might have seen the video of me unpacking a large new canvas from Winsen's Canvases. This was for a new painting demonstration that you can find in the December edition of the South African Artists Magazine. There was another big surprise reveal thanks to Winsen's Canvases too.
You can find out more about the painting in the new video below.
Do you want to paint yachts in a beautiful loose style? Perhaps you have tried to paint this subject before, but ended up with a tight painting that disappointed you? In this full 45 minute painting demonstration I am going to show you how you can paint this lovely subject simply in a loose and painterly style.
Your may be wondering how watch this demonstration?
In this article I am going to show you how you can paint with oils on paper. I use this technique successfully to prepare painting demonstrations in oils. I also use this approach to plan paintings in colour with oils. You also can complete entire paintings this way and mount the finished product for a modern look.
But you may be wondering how to prepare the paper correctly or even why paint with oils on paper in the first place?
Let me show you.
Without light the landscape painting cannot exist. Artists have struggled to depict light for centuries. This challenge has both frustrated and delighted artists the world over. When we see a painting that captures a little of this mysterious quality we can celebrate the beauty of nature. But how to convey the illusion of light with only humble pigments and a brush?
Ever wanted to do something artistic, but did not know where to start? Are you in a creative rut? Did you draw a lot as a child, but have you now drifted away from this pleasure? Maybe it is time to start a journal.
Oh yes, I know it may sound frivolous to talk about keeping a journal. You know it sounds like a talk-show affirmation: I will keep a journal next to my bed and ... But take a look on Pinterest at the example of artist's journals and you will see how big this trend has become. The quality of work in some cases is jaw-dropping, but do not let that intimidate you. Art journals are for anyone even slightly interested in drawing. Here are tips on how to start today.
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