How Does An Artist Prevent or Reduce Eyestrain?

I find that, as an artist who can expend much time in focusing and concentrating on the details of my projects, that I must guard my eyes from the strain that such involved artwork can entail. Although eyestrain can often be avoided, when I am swept away into an inspired mood I sometimes do not …

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How Do You Prepare a Panel for Painting?

As an artist, I have painted on a variety of surfaces, and such experience has shown me that the unique qualities of our paints do require some considerations: -Watercolor paints work well on paper-like surfaces: hot-press paper, cold-press paper, Yupo; -Acrylic paints are versatile and can be used on firm or flexible substrates: fabric, canvas, board, …

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The Miniportrait, Christmas Gift of the 1500’s

I have much respect for the talents of Medieval artists, who were looked upon as craftsmen in their field. Of such artists, those with the better skills were secured by wealthy nobility. The most talented artists, of course, worked for the royal family and were expected to paint family portraits, design festive decorations for special …

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Endeavoring for Realism in Art

I am a painter in diverse media and a teacher of art. I enjoy working with pigments and oils, brushes and panels, and prefer an emphasis on realism. To aim to achieve it, I sometimes require the assistance of models. Although I occasionally use my camera to take a couple of reference photos to use …

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Why Sign Your Artwork?

When I finally complete a painting,  I typically sign my name or intials in the lower right corner of the picture.  I do this to show authorship, authenticity, and to preserve ownership of copyright. I highly recommend that an artist takes the time to include a personal signature or mark somewhere on the front or …

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What Kind Of Palette Do You Choose?

I have - and use - several palettes for my oil paintings. Palettes come in many styles and brands; can be handmade or purchased; and are composed of diverse materials, such as wood, paper, glass, plastic, and ceramic. Different palettes have different uses. My favorite is the traditional wooden palette, primed with linseed oil. I …

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The Five Senses and Art

As an artist, I creatively define the world I experience through the windows of my five senses. The world, in a way, is five dimensional: composed of the five dimensions of sense - sights, sounds, smells, textures, and flavors both familiar and new. Most of us perceive the world we live in through a multitude …

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Keeping Art Mobile

Although I enjoy painting an artistic creation within a studio, I also truly enjoy and prefer the natural outdoors for my time in creative expression. Nature has given me many years of experience with both artpad and the French easel. For me, when painting on-the-go, the French easel (or, on occasion, a pochade) is an …

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How Do You Care For The French Easel?

When I first acquired my French easel, its wood was unvarnished and untreated. Puzzled, I made an inquiry to the craftmen about its condition, and they informed me that they do nothing more to the new French easel than a light oiling before packaging and sales. A French easel, especially a new one, needs to …

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Winter, Hot Cocoa, and Art

As an artist, wintertime affects me differently than any other time of year. Outdoor easle work takes on unique challenges and the indoor studio becomes more welcoming. The changes in outdoor lighting and temperature affect my artistic choices. The sun, despite the change in season, can remain an enchanting theme for a portrait, as it …

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