Interested in taking a painting workshop with me? My next two day workshop is on 14-15 June 2018 in Port Alfred. A full learning experience packed with essential tips and painting practice awaits you when you join the workshop. Find out more about the workshop and how to reserve your spot.
Do you feel the pull to take up painting for the first time? Or do you want to rekindle your painting experiences from years ago? If so it is likely that you are considering acrylic painting as the answer. I know I did. You may be wondering if acrylics will make it simpler for you to start painting again? Consider it no more. I have put together the beginners course for acrylic painting just for you.
Oil paints are a nightmare of muddy paint, ruined clothing and solvent induced illnesses. Some of which may even be fatal. If the beginner should escape the grim reaper then madness will stalk her until she sees reason. Like painting with watercolors for instance?
Want to paint more in 2018? Feeling stuck and need to explore new painting methods? Perhaps you have never painted in oils or acrylics before and want to learn the essential basics? You will cover all of these and more on my two-day painting workshops.
Here is what we will be doing:
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. 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.
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