Featured Blog Posts – September 2014 Archive (8)

Roll With It

Recently, Hubs added to my pencil collection by getting me a 12 pack of Prismacolor Premiers to try. I must say first off that I am rough on things. As much as I would love to keep things in mint condition, I tend to break, dent, or otherwise damage my materials.

After doing some research on my…


Added by Heather E. on September 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

The Easy Stuff

I have spent the last few days, not making art so much, but practicing my gradients, lines, and hold. I recently posted in the Beginner's group forum that my hold was atrocious. It was causing my fingers to go numb.

The best way I could think to practice was to make pencil swatches. As a friend was so proud to tell me, that's easy. Why yes, yes it was. My response was that sometimes things should be easy.

While struggle and mistakes may grow your artistic ability, practicing…


Added by Heather E. on September 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

art work

Some of the art work i see on here is amazing and inspiring , Having people comment on my work it is slowing building my confidence in my work , it inspires me and helps give me new ideas for my next creation.

Added by Jodie Heaton on September 20, 2014 at 6:11pm — 9 Comments

Beginner's stage but loving it

Just wanted to say hi to everybody. I have been looking for a place where I can show what I have done so far in my landscape painting and some of my drawings. I am just a newbie but I have discovered my hobby. I just retired in March of this year and I started drawing animals. It was quite rough at first but as I got more practiced somewhat better. I want to put my landscape paintings out there with the thought of getting some help and some advice as to how to improve. As I practice and I learn… READ MORE

Added by Ruth E. Sager on September 20, 2014 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Hello All!

Just joined and looking forward to learning so much. I’m a total noob to art. I’ve taken two art classes in earlier years, but quit because “I wasn’t good enough.” Speaking honestly, I never gave it a chance, because I couldn’t get it perfect right away and the mess. I was recently diagnosed with OCD, which makes many things including my art experiences make much more sense.

I’m a stay-at-home mom with two small children that dreams of children’s books, games, and apps. I decided that…


Added by Heather E. on September 19, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Im a newby

Hay gorjus people, i just wanted to let you all know that i am new to art, painting and this groovy little colony, i have been totally blown away by your words of encouragement, thank you. I have been a full time stay at home mum for 30 years (omg that does make me feel old haha ) so when i lost my mum 8 months ago, and had a few awful things happen i decided to try painting as a way of relaxation and its opened up a whole new world for me, i look forward to browsing all of your wonderful…


Added by Mareese on September 10, 2014 at 9:40am — 4 Comments

Fall for All

Well here is is the 8th of September and I am definitely ready for fall. All my important medical tests are over and I got good results, but for the last week or two my eyesight has definitely taken a turn for the worse. I have a torn retina in my left eye which  leaves me almost blind in that eye . My right eye  is developing  cataracts again, so I'll have to be going to a specialist soon. Nobody want's to go blind, but to a late blooming, aspiring artist it's a real…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on September 8, 2014 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Rejection: How to Handle it

Most artists are intelligent, resourceful individuals who have great problem solving skills. Comparing and contrasting colors, shading, shape and composition while mentally designing the next project seems to be innate. In the words of Stuart Smalley "I'm smart enough, and, doggone it, people like me. " We all know this. So what's with the artistic types? When a random stranger offering a negative opinion about your artwork, can it turn into an emotional tailspin. Why? What can you do about…


Added by Dusty Gonterman-Clare on September 7, 2014 at 2:21am — 2 Comments


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