Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (10)

last entry on school

Ok, you all know my drama with school. This is my final vent on it...i promise!!!

tonight was our last night so i got there and the teacher was already there so instead of pulling out the wrong supplies (heaven forbid) i asked her "so, what is the lesson tonight, what are we doing?" her reply..." oh nothing since its the last night, we all can just finish up our paintings we been working on" DUH LADY...I FINISHED MINE. so i ended up redoing a painting ive already done on a canvas…


Added by Christina Mcclintock on April 30, 2012 at 11:49pm — 8 Comments

Girl weekend...oh and PaPa

YEA FOR ME!!! I get all three grandaughters starting today. Ive babyproofed my house as much as i can (the 14 month old is not only walking but running). Set up a small area just for the older girls and i so we can be artsy fartsy (as the girls call it)

Our plan (if Indiana weather doesnt ruin it) is to go see my fellow colonist and friend Aubrey at her show at the zoo. Im hoping and praying that the weather forcast isnt correct (55 and rainy), today is 58 but nice.

I added the…


Added by Christina Mcclintock on April 27, 2012 at 12:40pm — 5 Comments

Coping With Perfection

I have the disease known as Perfectionism. When a painting doesn't turn out as I want it to, I get frustrated and end up stopping all together or throwing it away if I'm really mad. I know it's not healthy, I know I should ease up on myself but I just can't be proud of something I am not happy with.

I have recently been told by another artist that I "...need to get over it." If only it were so simple. It's so deeply ingrained in my very bones that "getting over it" will require…


Added by Aubrey Campbell on April 26, 2012 at 2:16pm — 10 Comments

protecting pastel paintings

I was wondering if there is any kind of portfolio or case to carry pastel paintings in.  I need something to carry the paintings in to take to classes or traveling.  I don't like the way that fixatives darken the pastels and prefer not to use them.  I would also like to know if there is some kind of clear spacers to put between my paintings and the glass of the frame to keep the pastel from smudging.  Thanks.

Added by Virginia Ashcraft on April 24, 2012 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

My Art Interview!

Tommorow I have an interview, a person wants to do a documentary about young artists! And out of all the people at my school my art teacher chose me!!! <3 I am so happy and nervous, and I don't even know what to wear! Huff. I just had to get that out. I am super shy, and I have to be in front of a camera and everything! 

Added by Skylar Tucker on April 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Framed or not?

Hi, I do a lot of painting on gallery wrapped canvases, because they don't have to be framed for most art shows.  But what I am noticing is that almost everyone else's paintings are framed, and so then my work looks kind of unfinished surrounded by them.  But, I really can't afford to frame these larger paintings!  In fact, I can't afford to frame at all, which is why I didn't even think about painting for a long time.  Now I'm addicted, but I have this issue!  I have noticed that the larger…


Added by Becca Kelly on April 19, 2012 at 9:26pm — 2 Comments

Watercolor and colored pencils

Hi everyone,

I am learning to combine watercolor and colored pencil.  Is anyone else doing artwork that combines those two?


Added by Elizabeth Brandon on April 15, 2012 at 3:27pm — 1 Comment


Glad I found this site!  Saw some great work and decided to join.  I've been drawing and more recently painting for a short time, started drawing fall 2011 and painting this past January. 

A big  inspiration for art was my Grandmother.  While battling cancer she took up oil painting to take her mind off things. She did some amazing stuff and when I was about 10 we painted a landscape together.  That was the last time I produced anything besides doodling on paper.  

Happy to…


Added by Mike Lekan on April 14, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments


I have been gainfully unemployed for a little over two weeks and can't even express my excitement every morning that I don't have to go sit in a cubicle all day.  Days like today I'm especially happy because my kids (6 & 10) are out of school and I don't have to hire a babysitter or send them to my parents' house, even though my mom and dad already called yesterday and asked the kids if they want them to come and get them today...lol.  I'm really glad I found The Art Colony.  It gave me…


Added by Tretha Conaway on April 6, 2012 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

Weekend Lab #1

I just came across a picture that I took when I visited a friend in New York last year.  Its a picture of a tree with a somewhat muted building in the background (I did a close up shot of the tree).  The tree in the picture seems relatively easy, so I'm going to attempt to recreate it.  Just bought my turpentine, and I'm going to experiment with it as a blending agent with my oil pastels.  I'm really not sure how oil pastels should look, but I like the effect of it even the little bleed that…


Added by Shelly-Ann T. on April 5, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment


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