Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Acrylic Painting Techniques - Color Mixing Basics Part 1

Think you need lots of paint to create color? Think again. I'll show you how to make an astonishing array of colors with just three mixing primaries. Watch this!



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Golden Heavy Body: http://bit.ly/HeavyBod

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Acrylic Paint - Thick and Thin

Here's a look at the different viscosities of Golden acrylic paint and how to use them



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

All About Gels! Acrylic Painting Tips


All about gels. An overview of some of the more common uses for acrylic gels.



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How to Extend Your Acrylic Paint with Gel - and save money!

Stretch Your Acrylic Paint with a Gel Extension and save money!


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Paint Like Monet

One of my students asked me to show her how to paint like Monet. Now if you know me or my work, you know that I am an abstract painter. But did you know I was classically trained? Yep. Tiny brushes, oil paint, shading, chirascuro and all that cool Renaissance style painting. So I went back into my bag of tricks and made an introductory video on Impressionist style painting.  Below is just a teaser to the full 20 minute video. For the complete video, check it out in my online school. It's a FREE class. Yep, I said FREE! It felt great to get back to my "roots" so to speak. Look for a full course on this topic later this year.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shoot Great Photos of your Artwork!

TIPS FOR SHOOTING YOUR ARTWORK WITH YOUR IPHONE


Place the artwork near a window on a sunny day to get even lighting. 
For quick reference shots, using your smartphone can be just the ticket. For archival images and professional reproductions of my artwork, I always use a qualified photographer.  But for simple things like blog posts, social media posts or just to send an image to someone via email, smartphone shots can do the job. 

Choose a neutral background
I will sometimes shoot an image on my living room carpet. It’s a neutral off-white background and  I shoot from above, if the image is small enough. Easy to crop out the carpet from the photograph.



Shot from overhead using an iPhone 6 (no filters or added lens).

Square up your image
Most smartphone cameras come with a grid for squaring up the image. Use it! If you have a really hard time squaring up the image, get at least one side of your painting lined up flush with a gridline. You can then crop it to square in the resulting photograph. 


Light and Shadow
I’ve found natural light to work the best.  Often I will shoot an image inside, in my living room with the image lying flat under the window. This results in less glare and more even lighting.  The best times to shoot in natural light are between 10 am and 2 pm. The sun is the highest in the sky and won’t put a warm sunset/sunrise glow on your painting.

If you are shooting outside, pick a sunny day and put the painting in the shade. The bounce light from the bright sun will bathe the painting in even light and result in a relatively glare-free photograph. 

Editing
Most smartphones now have editing capabilities that are on par with software online but if you want to edit further these are good options. 
  • Picmonkey - free and pretty good online editor.
  • Photoshop - of course the best, paid app.
After cropping the above image.

Read an entire article here on photo editors.

Resizing your photos
Don’t want to bother with how many pixels per inch or DPI? Just resize your image online. There are plenty of places online you can resize your photos.



Take reasonably good pictures and learn to edit them yourself. You’ll save yourself time and money!









Monday, February 13, 2017

It's not plagiarism. It's called "teaching".

Tesia Blackburn
"Untitled"
Acrylic on Paper
Recently I stumbled across a blog post by a printmaker who was pretty angry about one of her students working in a similar fashion to the way she worked.  She refers to students making copies of "her" work using the techniques she uses. Now mind you, this is after she taught them to do it. The students paid her for her expertise and she agreed to teach them how to make prints, in the same way she makes prints.  This is printmaking, not painting. In printmaking the processes go back hundreds, if not thousands of years.   Granted, you can use fancy materials or innovative cutting techniques. Maybe even come up with a cool new way to etch without using toxic chemicals (see Keith Howard's innovative techniques for non-toxic etching).  But the bottom line is, you are working on some sort of "plate" (whether you are cutting it, etching it, painting it) and transferring the image to some sort of surface like paper, cloth, aluminum, plastic and so on.

Pretty basic concept, right?  Why is this printmaker going on about being "plagiarized"?  Is it because the students used the same color of ink? Maybe the images are similar? I'm not sure I entirely understand the problem.

Medieval Guilds
Students emulating their masters is a long and honored tradition. In the Middle Ages, students or apprentices, would work in a guild under the knowledgable eye of the master, gaining skill and experience with their craft. It took many years to become a master and not until the apprentice could recreate the master's work perfectly, would they be allowed to move into that honored role.  So we now have works "from the school of..." in museums. Remember in the Middle Ages, artisans were mostly anonymous. There were no big artist egos...yet.

Fast forward to the Renaissance and the Artist with a capital "A" is born. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio - we refer to them with one name - like rock stars. And indeed, they were the rock stars of their time.  Stories even refer to Leonardo wearing purple tights. Sounds like Mick Jagger to me.

At any rate, I'm still wondering why the above-mentioned printmaker was so upset.  As a teacher for many, many years I've seen lots of students copy my work. Some of them have even become fairly successful at selling work that resembles mine from a particular period in my career.    I can pick up just about any big glossy art magazine, turn to a given page on a "famous" artist, and find a painting that resembles something one of my students had done. In fact, I recently gave a "blind test" to my advanced painting students. I put two paintings side by side and asked which one was the million dollar painting and which was the one selling online for four hundred bucks.  About half of the class got it wrong.  They simply couldn't tell the difference between an art superstar and a regular working artist.

I love teaching. I love interacting with the students and watching them grow. I love how it impacts my own work - keeps me on my toes technically. I love it when my students are successful and have shows and send me flowers to thank me for helping them. It brings tears to my eyes when I see the light go on for a new student. That a ha! moment when they really get it.

So what's the moral of this story? I'm not sure. But maybe, just maybe, if you are a teacher and you don't want people to copy your work then perhaps you shouldn't teach them how to do it.

By the way, that image up there? That's one of my paintings. Why don't you make a copy of it?

Don't teach people to do what you do if you don't want them to do it. 


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