Featured Blog Posts – August 2012 Archive (15)

Opportunities Come & Gone

I applied for the illustration job, got some more information on it and the more I read, the more I feel this REALLY isn't a good fit for me. It's frustrating because it's a very, very nice opportunity and I truly hate letting it pass me by.

I'm at war with myself over it. I know if it doesn't fit me, it doesn't fit me. I can't do anything about that. At the same time, I'm a starting artist, I should take opportunities when they arrive whether I like them or not.

So I haven't…

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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 22, 2012 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Using gouache and black ink.

I like this method of working, it produces random effects which can look very effective. I read about the method in a mag article and decided to give it a go, it works so I would like to share it with others.

I use watercolor paper, gouache paint and black ink. first create your painting using the gouache paint. paint all parts that need to be coloured including painting all white parts white - anything not covered with paint will end up black.

Leave the completed painting to…

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Added by Gloria Hamilton on August 19, 2012 at 7:06pm — 3 Comments

Art forms

I am always trying out new ways of drawing. I  love  zentangles and also use a drawing program called Scribbler Too. I'll be putting up some of my work in these mediums in the next few days. I would love to try water color painting, so am open to tips/help in this medium.

 

Happy weekend all!

Added by Deborah on August 19, 2012 at 4:13pm — 1 Comment

Hello

Just wanted to say hello to everyone on the site. I'm looking forward to becoming familiar with the site, enjoying the art of others and showing some of my own. I have very wide interests in art, I'll try anything! I'm a late starter an don' want to waste any time. I am semi retired from work and now spend as much time as I can creating art.

Added by Gloria Hamilton on August 19, 2012 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

On to what now?

Since I've finished the scratch board project I've been wondering what to draw or paint next.  The past two years have definitely been the most busy for me creative-wise than I think I've ever spent.  Not only have I been drawing and painting more, I've also been busy with a work-related project as well.  About a year, the law firm that I work for has implemented a client service-oriented program.  In this program, the employees are divided into teams and each team tries to outdo each other…

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Added by Melanie L. Wood on August 18, 2012 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments

New here

Thank you all for the wonderful welcome!  I'm not  a professional drawer, but love it anyway. I  write both stories , articles for children, and love drawing pictures for  my stories.  Very happy to have found  place to share them. I am looking forward to learning more about drawing, hope to learn to use some new mediums in future.

Added by Deborah on August 18, 2012 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

School shopping

Had to share because it was so cute. I went yesterday to purchase supplies for my upcoming Basic Drawing class that starts Aug 29th (IM SO EXCITED). Anywho, i was in the store and for the life of me i couldnt figure out what size paper the teacher requested we get (of course i picked the wrong size) so, im standing there pondering over my supplies in my cart and this little girl comes up (id say 5-6yrs old) and she said " what school do you go to, i want those kind of supplies" so i smiled…

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Added by Christina Mcclintock on August 15, 2012 at 10:56am — 3 Comments

You Never Know....

The past two weeks have been absolutely insane - quite the roller-coaster. Two out of three of my pieces were finalists in a juried show and have been on display in a very public area since the beginning of August. 

But just this last weekend, I've been having little panic attacks, specifically at night when I am exhausted and it's so quiet I can finally hear myself think. The doubts have been hitting me hard. Can I REALLY make a living as an artist? I haven't sold any paintings and I…

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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 14, 2012 at 10:33pm — 4 Comments

Scratchboard

Well, my first scratchboard (scratchboard paper actually) in 21 years is of Lee van Cleef, the sharp-featured mongrel in several "spaghetti westerns" of the 60's and 70's.  The subject isn't so much of a challenge.  Being about six years into teaching myself to draw people, I'm finding it ever easier to get things proportional or to get the drawing to look like the subject.  The problem is the dern scratchboard.  I'm just not proficient at it, seeing as how I'm lacking the practice.  I'm not…

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Added by Melanie L. Wood on August 10, 2012 at 9:28pm — 5 Comments

Settling into an Artistic Style

I feel as though I am in a void when it comes to a style.  So I have decided to take three of my strongest skill sets and merge them into a style.  I believe this is the way to go since I am sure I would love whatever I create with this so called 'Style de Shelly'.  I am working on a beautiful piece which was commissioned and I am going to add aspects of the three styles in it.

My home work is to now focus on that style........whatever I choose to paint MUST show elements of the…

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Added by Shelly-Ann T. on August 7, 2012 at 2:06pm — 9 Comments

What to draw or paint next?

*drums fingers on table* Sometimes I get these great bursts of artistic inspiration. I'll make mental notes of what I'm going to do after I finish a particular piece; however, because I forget to write it down (because I'm so into what I'm drawing) I usually forget. Vicious circle, eh?



This morning I remembered that I have been carefully hoarding a single piece of scratchboard for several years. A quick check of Google images on this medium garnered a bunch of great ideas. But, I… READ MORE

Added by Melanie L. Wood on August 7, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Life Lessons in Painting......

While away this Summer, I’ve missed blogging!   New blog writers may think “blogging” is done for “the audience”.  I am finding that it’s also a fantastic way to connect with myself. 

Lyle and I will be leaving for home on Monday.  We’ve had a great time in Rapid City, but I am ready to get back home.   So daily blogging will be a really great treat for me, in a week or so!

I’ve painted a lot while in visiting in South Dakota this Summer.  You…

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Added by Sharon Gilbertson on August 6, 2012 at 9:46am — No Comments

Dreams can come true

I remember sitting in my kitchen what feels like a lifetime ago, watching Jerry Yarnell on our old television, paint a breathtaking landscape lit up dramatically by a lightening storm. I remember the half hour show always whizzed by and I longed to see more. With every brushstroke, I remember thinking, "I wish I could paint like that...."

A few years later, I doodled down a little cat's head. Looking at it now, I'm appalled but back then, Mom was honest and I could hear…
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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 6, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Missing So Many Posts

Recently unless I check TAC constantly, I miss so many posts, including some by artists I have been following since I joined. We were a much smaller number then and a once a day check revealed everything I wanted to see and read. Now, new artists are being added at a dizzying speed--most of them incredible. They add their what's-ups, blogs and comments to an already busy board and alakazam! those posts just zoom by before I get a chance to imbibe! Because I still work full-time and must…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on August 2, 2012 at 11:27am — 3 Comments

Card a Day

I made a few cards yesterday and literally couldnt think of names for the pieces so i just named them Wednesday. Several people thought it was a great idea....ANYONE ELSE???

Might be fun doing one a day. Any medium, any size etc etc. I think ill start labeling them with the date tho.

Added by Christina Mcclintock on August 2, 2012 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

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