Featured Blog Posts – August 2013 Archive (14)

I'm new :D

Hi guys, I'm new :)
So in my art supplies, I have a watercolor set and a bunch of colored pencils and some markers, crayons (you know, the usual school supplies)
I'm not that good at watercolor, so any tips would be appreciated :D
I really prefer colored pencil and I will upload my works later

Added by Olivia Lu on August 20, 2013 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Pleasant Surprise!

I'm still kind of in shock.

Out of the blue, I got a message from GreetingCardUniverse (personalized!) that this employee had been looking through my portfolio and she really liked my work. She asked that I set up an artist's account (free) because she believes my work would fit in very well.

Granted, I know, the whole salesman pitch is expected but still...I have no idea where this woman found…

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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 20, 2013 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Getting Started

 I am relatively new to to painting.Just over a year ago I got hooked on watching a PBS program on watercolor painting. They kept saying anyone could learn to paint.Since I classify as an anyone I decided to take the plunge. Little did I realize how deep the water was! I have been making  good strides in this quest.I am having a lot of fun and it is slowly teaching me patience. I am hoping that this forum will be a good resource for proper techniques, questions on what works or doesn't.I am…

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Added by Richard on August 18, 2013 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Get rid of fear

I need to get rid of my fear surrounding my art.  I am so scared of being labelled a copycat, or having copyright issues, or not having my own style that it's stopping me from just creating.

I need to paint/draw/create for myself.  Who cares if it looks similar to something I found on Pinterest the other night?  At least I had fun making it!  Besides, isn't that how all the best artists learn?

I also need to stop being afraid of making things not realistic.  I keep telling…

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Added by Rebecca Medley on August 18, 2013 at 5:11am — 7 Comments

Day #1 Tablet Training

My tablet came TWO DAYS earlier than expected!! WOO!!! I was so excited that I didn't even eat breakfast, I just went straight to doodling. ^_^

I sketched for about six (probably more) hours today. I'm already accustomed to watching the screen instead of my hand while I draw which is, supposedly, the hardest part to get used to. The tablet is right in my peripheral vision though so it doesn't feel like that big of a change. And, when I was first learning to draw, I used to do "blind"…

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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 18, 2013 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Art show Overload!

Oh, boy, this show at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel Art Bar in December is a whack of work!

 So far, I’ve completed the following tasks:

 

Written a to do list, complete with before show, bump in day, and after show items

Designed my Save the Date  card and invitation to the opening reception

Started an invitation list

Contracted with a design firm for my new art web site

Written the copy for  said web site

Completed most of the…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on August 16, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

vacation

Today I am getting ready to leave on vacation in Ontario. We are going to a family wedding and are staying for two weeks. I thought I would miss painting while I was gone but I decided to load my paraphernalia in my truck and for a good reason. When I was growing up my younger sister used to draw and paint but dropped it as I did because life took over. Something neither of us should have done but we can't help the choices we made when we were younger so I will move along. Anyway she has…

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Added by Sylvia on August 16, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

YAY!

I ORDERED A GRAPHIC ART TABLET TODAY!!! 

I've been wanting one for years but it hasn't happened for various reasons, mostly because I wanted a strong traditional art foundation and the digital world simply baffles me.

But I finally ordered one (the wait for it to get here is already painful!). Recently, there have been some part-time/work at home art jobs that crossed my path but they were looking for digital artists. I'd love a job that beefed up my portfolio as I…

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Added by Aubrey Campbell on August 14, 2013 at 11:36pm — No Comments

practicing lettering

I've been looking for and adding tangles to my collection. I suffer from inertia as well :( and it sucks. I've been keeping busy as well. I…

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Added by Roxane Levac on August 11, 2013 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Exciting!!

I bought watercolour pencils today, so I'm experimenting with them. It's a lot of fun and I'm happy to have something different to work with.Hope everyone had an "artistic" weekend!! I would love to hear some ideas you have about watercolour pencil art making....thanks!!

Added by Kat on August 3, 2013 at 7:13pm — 5 Comments

Putting a name with the face...

Some people may think I'm crazy, but when I am working on a new piece, after a few days I am on a first name basis...



I suppose waking up and spending the day with the "people" in my studio would seem boring to some, but when I am working out the lines, features and emotions of people at some point, they become real to me.



They have to.



Otherwise, what is the point?

What is the point of creating so much emotion, detail and love into a piece if…

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Added by Margie M. Rigney on August 2, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Had to join!!!

I just happened to find this site! I am so glad I did. I think I will learn a great deal here.

Added by Karen Castano on August 2, 2013 at 1:15pm — 7 Comments

Art Hop Show

In Fresno, California (a city close to where I live) the local Arts Council started doing something called Art Hop.  It's the first Thursday of every month and hundreds of businesses open up their locations for artists of all sorts to come in and show their work.  Not only galleries, but thirft stores, book stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, retail stores, you name it allow artists to showcase their pieces.  Well, last night I had an Art Hop Show at a local brewing company and it went…

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Added by Astrid Lillian McKellar on August 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Happy!!!

I'm so happy to have found this site! The art on here is amazing and everyone is so welcoming. I am a beginner. I like all art especially watercolors.Most of my paintings are acrylic,which I also enjoy. I hope to learn a lot on here and welcome suggestions on how to improve. Thanks all!!

Added by Kat on August 1, 2013 at 6:55pm — 4 Comments

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