November 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Ready, Freddie!

I think I'm almost ready for my wee exhibition.

This weekend I prepped paintings for hanging. Working on my dining room table, I screwed eye hooks into, and wired, the six paintings that hadn't already been prepped. Then, to get them off the floor where I had them leaned one against the other, with plastic between, I installed enough wall hooks in my office to accommodate all ten paintings. The office now looks like a gallery, which is not a bad thing. It certainly made me go "Holy…


Added by Ev McTaggart on November 29, 2011 at 8:50pm — 9 Comments

Sarasota Chalk festival: 3-D / Anamorphic Chalk Art (Part 2)

Earlier this month I got to see some really cool 3-D chalk art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, such as this large drawing by a team of Dutch artists led by Leon Keer:

You can click on the images in this post to view them a bit larger.

The amazing thing about these "anamorphic" sidewalk paintings is that they look…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on November 28, 2011 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

When Gallery Work Comes Home to Roost

This past November I was asked to place some of my work on consignment at one of the downtown galleries where I live. I was ecstatic of course and anxious to see if any of them would sell because just like everyone else in the world, I could use some money. 

But I found after they had left my home (I put four on consignment) my house felt a little empty. Even though I had sold two others prior to the gallery show and delivered them in person to their new homes having these four leave…


Added by Margie M. Rigney on November 28, 2011 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Finding time to's the little things

With the rush of the Holiday Season upon us it is hard to find time to get the paints, easel and brushes out. In fact, I put mine away about 4 weeks ago...

And guess what? My blood pressure went up, I gained 5 pounds and I just wasn't myself.

I need Art. I need a canvas that calls to me, brushes in a jar and a palette that needs cleaning. I need to wear an…


Added by Margie M. Rigney on November 26, 2011 at 6:40pm — 18 Comments

Patience and patience...

Right now I am trying to learn some different techniques instead of just going ahead. It is frustrating sometimes because it never comes out as I want it but I keep thinking it will be for my benefit. I think am getting a little ambitious now that I realize I may have some potential. And I am curious about all the possibilities. So I just keep going and wait for my next masterpiece :-). But it is not as easy as I thought. I hope on the way I will find my own style.


Added by Jazzylady on November 26, 2011 at 9:49am — 3 Comments

Sarasota Chalk Festival: An Overview with Lots of Photos (Part 1)

Earlier this month I attended the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which happened to take place just down the street from where I live!

Since it was so close, I was able to walk to the festival every day to see how the art progressed. This post contains a lot of photos and a run-down of the event. (There are actually so many photos to share that I'm going to…


Added by Thaneeya McArdle on November 20, 2011 at 4:00am — 12 Comments

i want to know how to mix watercolors

I was wondering how to mix all watercolors but mainly grey. I had a piece of art I was trying to recreate and I was instucted to use gray watercolor and that was the main "ingredient" for my paiting so I am just wondering how to get a gray watercolor without it being to dark.

Added by Tianna Bicknell on November 18, 2011 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

The Elements of Art

I wanted to post this quickly as it is such a fantastic resource for teaching and learning the elements of art. It is aimed at school children but is actually great for anyone starting out in art. It explains all of the the Art Elements so succinctly. Artful Genius shared it through facebook and now I would like to pass it on to anyone who is interested.…


Added by Emma on November 18, 2011 at 12:37am — 1 Comment

My Russian dolls


I am not Russsian but these dolls fascinate me; so every Christmas or Easter time i paint more of them.


here are a few of my creations.

colored pencils.




Added by Elena Malec on November 16, 2011 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

The colony :-)

I am very happy that I found the art colony. It gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation to continue. So far everyone is very friendly and I see so much good art. So many talents. I appreciate it very much that people are willing to share their experiences and write tutorials, because I know that this is a lot of work.

Added by Jazzylady on November 15, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Appreciating Your Mother.

Whoever said college was fun and hostels were places that had crazy ass parties going on 24x7 had clearly never spent any time in my hostel, studying in my college.

I've spent three months here in this sad excuse for a city. Three months in a place with absolute strangers, horrible food and depressing atmosphere makes me realize that those days where I sat at home, in my clean room with people I knew who did not consciously try to poison me weren't all that bad.…


Added by shruti sharma on November 14, 2011 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

My new art video

A time for healing' - Video by A. Minshull

Hi friends,

Today I thought I would create a little art video showing my painting 'A time for healing' in stages and also place in there my other paintings which appear in my gallery here.

Please click the youtube link above and hope that it brings a smile. The video was inspired by marine and wildlife conservation as is all my artwork, and my work for the…


Added by Alan Minshull on November 12, 2011 at 11:11pm — 9 Comments

Colour Washes

I've been colour washing my sketchbook pages to make them a little more, arty. But, they make great backgrounds too, and there's so much depth and shape in them. I've recently been looking at Mark Rothko's work and I think I've inspired without noticing..…


Added by Ellenor Rose Russell on November 12, 2011 at 12:49pm — 5 Comments

Being an Ocean Artist - Alan Minshull


I am passionate about the world that we live in and my works reflect how I believe our oceans and coastlines ideally should remain, natural and revered.

My intention is to capture moments in time that leave a positive memory in the viewer, to create an almost scuba diving experience of beautiful realms beneath the water’s surface. Enabling the viewer to…


Added by Alan Minshull on November 11, 2011 at 1:20am — 19 Comments

Merry Christmas one and all :)

Hi Friends,

I know that its a bit early but well I feel festive at the moment and cant wait until the snow falls. What a fantastic time to take photos or to paint the clean silent white landscape. So to round things off for anyone else who feels the approaching enchantment, that most magical and lovely time, where just for a few days the world actually is more caring;

I have attached a youtube link especially for you. and with that I wish you a very Merry Christmas.



Added by Alan Minshull on November 10, 2011 at 10:52pm — 10 Comments

hello there...

well, i am not good when it comes to writing... because i am a doctor in the making, so...we just learn on how to write medical, scientific statement, chemical name, anatomy, [list goes on]...

ive never taken any art classes, guide me! :P 

Added by key on November 10, 2011 at 4:07pm — 3 Comments

Inspiration is where you find it

It really is true that inspiration for paintings can come from anywhere. I was waiting at my regular transit stop on Saturday, but I was there at a time I normally am not. This was 10:30 a.m. and sunny and I’m usually waiting for the streetcar at 7:30 a.m. As I looked across the street, I saw that the front of the building near which I was standing, streetsigns and various cables were reflected in the window of the store across the street. The resulting window scene was red and yellow…


Added by Ev McTaggart on November 8, 2011 at 8:41pm — 3 Comments

Air brushing. Yes, I love it!

I (sort of) learned how to air brush over the weekend. An artist friend of mine has been mentoring me since August (for a fee) and teaching me topics and techniques I'm interested in. I've always wanted to try air brushing. Oh, what fun that was! I'm in love. What lovely subtle colour blending you can do for abstracts--with little or no headache and a fraction of the time of brush blending!  And the little star bursts? Oy, I did a whole painting with nothing but star bursts--LOL. I might…


Added by Ev McTaggart on November 8, 2011 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Love this excerpt from an article on!


Furnish the world with your beauty, let the world see, touch and feel who you are.Scary I know. It is so much easier to hide within safe fortresses, the sources of praise and dignity that we can count on by pleasing our audience. This is the dreaded condition called style. We cannot be free to be who we are if we are not…

Added by Minvi Duncan on November 8, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Abstract Tutorial

I am working on something based on this nice tutorial about abstract painting. Usually I am pretty fast when I paint, but this one takes time. Good for improving my patience :-).

Added by Jazzylady on November 8, 2011 at 8:09am — No Comments

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