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Creative Spotlite - Art Instruction Blog

Creative Spotlite - Art Instruction Blog
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You Asked ? Oil Painting Thinner
2012-05-30 15:21:00
Todays question is from Zyed: I have done an oil painting using artist thinner to paint with. But i have now been told that useing thinners with oil pigments will ruin my painting. If that is true,are there any soloutions to this problem? Do you have any information that might help Zyed?  Please leave your ...
Artist Spotlight ? Patricia Seitz
2012-05-29 19:02:00
Artist Name: Patricia Elliott Seitz Location: NY Title of Artwork: Tide is Coming Dimensions of Artwork: 9×12 Medium: oil Support: masonite board Website: http://www.patriciaseitz.com Describe this Piece:  I am currently working on a series called, “California Coastal Collection”. This painting was mostly worked with a palette knife, using a very limited color palette. I find by ...
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Acrylic Landscape Painting Step by Step
2012-05-26 00:19:00
About the Artist I’m Will Kemp, I’m an award-winning professional artist and teacher. Prior to painting full time I?ve worked in Museums, taught in schools, set up and ran my own gallery for 5 years and have taught hundreds of people to paint and draw. I?ve studied Classical atelier techniques in Italy alongside conceptual art ...
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How to Paint a Seascape in Watercolor
2012-05-21 20:40:00
About Julie Duell Julie Duell (nee Henderson) is a 6th generation Australian going back to the First Fleet of English convicts to arrive in Sydney cove in 1788. She also has a drop of American Shoshone Indian heritage for good measure! Julie was born in Sydney in 1941 and continued to reside in Sydney environs ...
Oil Painting with a Palette Knife
2012-05-18 21:02:00
Palette and Painting Knives go hand in hand with oil paints.  Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.  A Palette Knife is a special knife made specifically for mixing your paints on your palette, while a Painting Knife is used for applying the paint to whatever surface you ...
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What Is There to Know About an Artist?s Oil Painting Palette? You?d Be Surp
2012-05-11 01:09:00
By Teresa Bernard Perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of the fine artist is the artist’s painting palette. They are often taken for granted, however, the palette is one of the most important tools an artist uses. There is much to consider about the palette and this article covers some interesting points. Palette (noun): ...
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How to paint an Impressionistic Seascape with Acrylics
2012-05-07 21:23:00
About the Artist I’m Will Kemp, I’m an award-winning professional artist and teacher. Prior to painting full time I?ve worked in Museums, taught in schools, set up and ran my own gallery for 5 years and have taught hundreds of people to paint and draw. I?ve studied Classical atelier techniques in Italy alongside conceptual art ...
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Portrait Painting Lesson ? 2 Tips For Painting Lips
2012-05-05 00:32:00
By Peter McReynolds Tip One: Place The Lips in their Right Place. Convincing lips are always in a believable location on the head. (In art, “Talking through your hat”, must remain only a colorful figure of speech.) You can make this satisfactory placement with the aid of some easily determined guideposts of the face: the ...
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Oil Painting Tutorial ? Glaze and Mist
2012-04-30 21:26:00
About Julie Duell Julie Duell (nee Henderson) is a 6th generation Australian going back to the First Fleet of English convicts to arrive in Sydney cove in 1788. She also has a drop of American Shoshone Indian heritage for good measure! Julie was born in Sydney in 1941 and continued to reside in Sydney environs ...
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Artist Spotlight ? Hameed Elmissawi
2012-04-26 18:58:00
Artist Name: Hameed Elmissawi Location: Sudan Title of Artwork: Flower 7 Dimensions of Artwork: 42×59 cm Medium:  Acrylics Support: (Canvas, Paper, Board, etc.) Paper Website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hameedart/ Describe this Piece: I’m designer and artisit, my painting mood is much more in abstract, and i like flowers and roses much, but haven’t painted a floral sense before, so ...
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How to Paint an Apple with Watercolor
2012-04-04 00:50:00
About John Fisher I was born and educated in England, graduating from the Luton School of Arts (now Barnfield College) in 1945. It was my hope to become a graphic artist, but at the end of the Second World War returning service men and women had first crack at the few jobs available, and rightly ...
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You Asked ? Using Acrylics with Oils
2012-03-30 15:27:00
Todays question is from Kathy and she asks: “I’ve started painting with acrylics…can I use all my old oil paints interchangeably? I know I must use solvents for the oils, and water for the acrylics.to clean, etc…but when one medium dries, can I go over an area with the alternate color and medium? Also, would ...
Basic Shapes: It?s all about DESIGN?
2012-03-29 21:29:00
About Richard Kaer I have always been an artist. I have always taken great joy in drawing and this led me to get a degree in art. I graduated with my Bachelor?s in Illustration from Southern Utah University in 2001. After graduating I took a bit of a detour from art and became a teacher, ...
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Artist Spotlight ? Edward Ofosu
2012-03-27 21:19:00
Artist Name: Edward Ofosu Location: London Title of Artwork:  David Lammy Dimensions of Artwork: 50×60 com Medium: Oils Support: Canvas Website: http://www.edwardofosu.com Describe this Painting: A portrait of Member of Parliament for Tottenham, in London. (Click Image for Larger View)  
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Working With Reference Photos For The Practicing Artist
2012-03-26 01:52:00
By Debbie Hughbanks I am a full-time artist that works predominately in acrylic or pastel, most often painting wildlife or western themes. As such, I don’t often paint on location outdoors, as my landscape artist friends do, because me subjects – the moose, black bear, or bird of the day just don’t seem to want ...
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Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics
2008-06-02 20:11:00
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics feature the thick, buttery consistency that offers the feel, pull, and look of a heavy-bodied paint. This line of professional acrylics offers sheen, consistency, and paint handling characteristics that are similar to those of oil paints, such as retaining brush strokes and palette knife marks when dry. Multiple ...
How to Paint Cat - Painting Demonstration by Richard Ancheta
2008-05-30 21:52:00
Richard Ancheta first began to paint at the age of 12 years old and took painting lessons with well known Filipino artist and illustrators. His devotion and vision as an artist are promising. He studied Multimedia Design at Montreal International Academy of Design. Richard works in various mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and charcoal. His ...
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Learn How to Oil Paint - Tips & Techniques From a Master Painter
2008-05-23 20:44:00
If you want to learn how to oil paint and not sure how to begin, then the following article will prove to be quite helpful in your pursuit to become a good painter. Before you read on, you will have to try and forget everything you ever learned about oil painting and look at your painting ...
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Artist Spotlite - Interview With Karin Wells
2008-05-21 18:14:00
I love the dignity and grand style of classical realism. My work reflects the deep influence of the Old Masters in both method, style and use of light. THE INTERVIEW Q - What medium or mediums do you work with? A - I enjoy working with traditional oil paint on linen canvas. The Old Masters take ...
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Oil Painting Demonstration - Painting Horses in Landscape with Figures
2008-05-13 21:30:00
Painting Horses in Landscape with Figures ” By Elin Pendleton This painting lesson will show you how I move from an original idea, through the entire process as I paint an equine subject in my studio. The reference photographs: I liked the sitting position of the groom, but the light and shadow pattern on the standing figure just made ...
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Creative Catalyst - Art Instruction Videos
2008-05-07 19:44:00
Creative Catalyst Productions produces the highest quality art instruction videos that you will find anywhere in the world. They produce DVD’s on a variety of different mediums including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, collage and more.. These videos are extremely popular and well worth the small investment. You will come away having learned a wealth of ...
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Learn Acrylic Painting - Painting Demo by Lorraine Vatcher
2008-05-05 21:48:00
We are revisiting Lorraine Vatcher today with another beautiful painting demonstration. I do hope you enjoy. You can learn more about Lorraine by visiting her website as well as our one on one interview with her here.Lorraine is now offering art instruction classes for all who are interested. Please contact her for more details. So ...
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Artist Spotlite - Interview With Jennifer Young
2008-04-28 19:24:00
Jennifer Young is a professional artist from Richmond, Virginia, most known for her vibrant landscape paintings of France, Italy, and the American South. She is inspired by the beauty she observes on her frequent travels, and paints on location as often as possible. In addition to teaching painting workshops (www.jenniferyoung.com/paintingworkshops. htm) , she exhibits in galleries in ...
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?Vineyard Patterns? - An Oil Painting Demonstration by Jennifer Young
2008-04-28 19:23:00
1. Step one: Choose a scene. I often head out to the Virginia mountains to do some plein air painting, and on a morning last week I visited Veritas Vineyard s in Afton Virginia. This is a beautiful winery and there are many possibilities for painting subject matter. However, my umbrella broke and I haven?t yet purchased ...
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Beautiful Watercolor Painting and Demonstration?
2008-04-20 20:05:00
I came across a very beautiful and interesting watercolor painting and demonstration today that I had to share. It was created by the very talented artist, Lori Rase Hall. There are many quality... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Hot Deals & Recommendations for April 2008
2008-04-16 01:00:00
Art Supplies Special: Hot Deals of the Week From Dick Blick Art Materials!   Art Instruction Video Special: CELEBRATE SPRING WITH SUSAN BOURDET Susan Bourdet is an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Artist Spotlite - Interview with Lorraine Vatcher
2008-04-07 22:46:00
“When painting I use my own photographs and when working on a canvas, I am recalling the sights, smells and the sounds that were surrounding me at that time. Although the pictures form the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Step By Step Acrylic Painting Demonstration by Lorraine Vatcher
2008-04-07 22:34:00
The following acrylic painting demonstration is by the very talented Lorraine Vatcher. Be sure to visit her website to view more of her work. Lorraine invites you to paint along with this demonstration and send her images of your progress. Drop her a line if you plan on giving this a try. She would ...
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Artist Spotlite - Interview With Todd Harris
2008-04-02 18:47:00
Todd Harris is an artist who has spent thousands of hours being classically trained in the Florence Academy method. He works as a concept art director for the Walt Disney Corporation where he teaches... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Step by Step Watercolor By Alistair Butt
2008-03-27 17:59:00
Below is a wonderful step by step watercolor demonstration by the very talented artist Alistair Butt . Please take a moment to visit Alistair’s site when you are finished reading through this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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