Featured Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (15)

Resin Glazing of Acrylic Painting - Has anyone done this?

Curious to know if anyone has tried this technique. Seen it done on youtube by an artist named Wyanne. Was wondering about the difficulty level. Also has anyone done any gel transfers on their artwork? Any tips for doing them efficiently and successfully on acrylic paintings?




Added by Minvi Duncan on October 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Bug Light, a very long work in progress

I've been working on this colored pencil painting off and on for over a year and it was mostly off for the last six months.  For some reason, I picked it up a few weeks ago and am now determined to finish it.  When I stopped working on it, I remember being fearful that I would ruin the piece when I started putting the details into the lighthouse.  I also had no clue how to go about rendering the stonework.  In short, I was suffering from a lack of confidence and I think I needed to wait…


Added by Donna Duquette on October 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

finding time

i get so frustrated trying to find the time to create art.

life is fairly busy but, it is for everyone right? some, more than others. i see these people posting on their blogs and they have a full-time job and 6 kids and they're busy at church, blah, blah, blah. BUT. they still have time to homeschool, be the perfect wife, always have a cheerful attitude AND write 4 books, teach 7 online classes, run an etsy store (and create the products in it), guest post on 65 creative blogs AND…


Added by Shari Bryant on October 29, 2011 at 12:01pm — 17 Comments

Letting Go of Expectations

A dear friend  (our own dear Meg) recently shared a concept with me that has really stuck in my heart and mind and is changing my life.  So, I thought I would share it with you in hopes that it would help you as it has me.  She said that our unhappiness with things in our life does not result from what those things are, but from what we want them to be.  In other words, it's not how something turns out that is the cause of our disappointment, but rather our expectations of how we wanted it…


Added by Starr White on October 26, 2011 at 2:47pm — 8 Comments

Hello, I'm Robert Sloan

"Humpback - Dancing Water" 

8" x 10"

Pastel on Anthracite PastelMat


This is my first post, so I posted one of my most recent pastels. I love pastels and oil pastels. I'm also going through a growth spurt right now where almost every day I do something I never did…


Added by Robert A. Sloan on October 26, 2011 at 1:34am — 3 Comments

its official...

i have been invited to exhibit my work in a monthly art "festival" that takes place in the colonial area. i am uber excited about this because i have never shown my work "publicly" and for a stranger to see it and ask me to participate is a validation of sorts that im actually an artist. i have never considered myself a real artist, im just a woman who likes to paint. i struggle with feelings of self-importance versus humility when i assign myself the title of "artist" or…


Added by Shari Bryant on October 25, 2011 at 8:21am — 10 Comments

Landscape in soft pastels

Landscape study 1 (after 3 layers of soft pastel)

Soft pastel in Canson white pastel…

Added by Tirtha Sankar Bharadwaj on October 24, 2011 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

Digital Landscape painting


Oil on canvas (Digital)

1600 X 900 pixels

Digital painting using mouse and Corel Painter 12

Here is my first digital oil painting using Corel Painter 12.… READ MORE

Added by Tirtha Sankar Bharadwaj on October 24, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Abstract artist

I am an abstract artist, I work with no boundaries except the size of my canvas which can vary dependant on how I'm feeling. Colour can be hard to work with, too much and you run the risk of overworking the piece, too little and it could look bland, uninteresting and uninspiring.

Abstract is not an easy painting style it isnt a cop out because you don't or can't paint figures or landscapes, to most people abstract painting just looks like somebody has thrown paint on a canvas without… READ MORE

Added by gary smith on October 19, 2011 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

Great Book titled "Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art"

For my artist friends who are also avid readers, please check out "Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art" by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. Based on a true story set in England during the mid80s through 90s. Great read definitely!

Added by Minvi Duncan on October 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments


I stretched a large canvas the other  day and then once gessoed up spent an hour just staring at it, its the inspiration thing again, the feeling of going round and round in circles not knowing where you want to head..... but the fun thing is after  staring at the canvas for such a long time the idea comes and you thrash about splashing paint on in controlled and sometimes uncontrolled manner.

And if you dont like it just paint over it and start again I can do this several times until…


Added by gary smith on October 17, 2011 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

The Art Colony is such a peaceful place...

Sometimes, after I'm checking my emails or just feeling generally stressed from the normal chaos that is "life"...I stop by The Art Colony and check in just to see what's new.

As soon as I click on the gallery page to peek and see what newborn  creations pop up there or even enter the group to check out the main page, there is s certain peacefulness that washes over me and resides here.

Maybe it is the non-judgemental atmosphere of so many creative and accepting minds…


Added by Margie M. Rigney on October 16, 2011 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

A little art every day improves ones 'creative fitness'

I had the realisation today that I achieve far more by doing a little art every day than I ever did by having the big artwork marathons that I used to cram into weekends.

Somehow, in years gone by,  I used to expect that inspiration would switch on when I had "booked" a day in the studio and that everything would come together for me. Often it did, but there were still…


Added by Meg Mackenzie on October 11, 2011 at 5:45am — 11 Comments

A Show and a Commission in One Week

I want more weeks like last week! Forget that I drove home from Rhode Island at 3 a.m. , arriving home running on mental fumes. Forget that I arrived home with a tummy bug that sidelined me for three days. Nope, what I'll remember about last week was that I was offered the definite dates for a small "exhibition" and a friend of my daughter's commissioned me to do a larger painting similar to a baby one I posted on Facebook.


The show, which up till then, was tentatively set…


Added by Ev McTaggart on October 3, 2011 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Living colors in "random"ville...

Most often when I visit the Gallery here at The Art Colony, instinctively I push the "latest" or "most popular" bar to see what's going on, but the "Random" button is where the real fun is.

So many lovely things are sorted to the bottom of the feed because they are older or lost in the shuffle and by clicking "random' you'll be treated to a wonderful variety of work. Some you've seen before and some you haven't and it's fun to find your own gallery additions on the pages. I've even…


Added by Margie M. Rigney on October 2, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments


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