Featured Blog Posts – November 2012 Archive (18)

Shabby Chic Art

Now, there isn't really such a thing yet as Shabby Chic Art, but being the explorer I am, I love to make-up new styles.  I just did a Google search for it, and the term sort of exist, but the only thing that all the pictures have in common is that romantic, soft, pastel hues look!  So, I'm still going to own it!  I've been on a painting break for a while, but a few months back, in august, I had to make some paintings for an exposition, in which, among other artist of my region, I was…


Added by Krysthle Poitras on November 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

sending in my artwork

I am ver embarrassed to say that i sent my artwork from my phone to my computer in box and they are sideways. I do not know how to straighten them up nor do i know how to send them to you. Computers and i are not friends.

Added by Barbra Koenig on November 30, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Learning about brushes

I am still confused abut the types of brushes available. I have bristle, sable, artificial, and cheapies. I haven't figured out the proper use of any of them. I've just been trying them all and eliminating the ones that don't seem to make sense in the affect I am trying to achieve.

Can someone give me guidance on the type, shape, size and costs for brushes when working with acrylics?


Added by Adrienne Zinn on November 30, 2012 at 8:40am — 3 Comments


It won't be long now and we will be moving to Belmont, a suburb close to the city of Perth.

We sold our business and retiring, traveling, painting, drawing etc etc, well I will be anyway!

This is a W.I.P. for my Mum for Christmas. She loves Charles Bronson.......…


Added by Dale Lysle on November 29, 2012 at 6:47am — No Comments

New member!

I am very excited that I found this website!  I am new at painting (dormant talent for most of my life) and am really enjoying it!  I discovered how much I don't know and hope to learn from you all!

Added by Adrienne Zinn on November 27, 2012 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Interested in receiving comments

 Being a new entrant to this site, I am yet to earn friends. As I love painting in most of the mediums, I intend to post on each category initially. I would love to have our members' comments. I also intend to post my old and new works alternatively. As of now the horse which I have  posted is fairly new.

Added by Antony Rufus on November 25, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

I have some queries..


There are certain things not clear to me even after going through the guidelines on uploading my art work. It would be nice if someone can advise me on the following:

1. Sketches and painting entirely done by me from the scratch, but were inspired by works of others posted in any public domain by certain people. I never try to copy but improvise, follow certain style or composition, color scheme or concept. Can I post them here?

2. Can I post my works which…


Added by Antony Rufus on November 23, 2012 at 11:06pm — 1 Comment

fellow artists

I was telling an artist today I am never quite happy with my work. this is what her father told her."The moment you feel satisfied with your art and think you are great is the moment you cease being a real artist."
I just needed to share that.

Added by danny vaughan barrett on November 20, 2012 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

To read or not to read, that is the question.

So, since my last blog (of 18 October), I've not started on a single drawing.  I haven't even touched a drawing that hasn't been finished.  And why?


Oh, these blasted digital books! The convenience of carrying hundreds of heavy, large classic paper books on a tiny device weighing less than a pound.  After devouring Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma and now Sense and Sensibility I've quite lost my interest in drawing.  I love old…


Added by Melanie L. Wood on November 20, 2012 at 8:02pm — 8 Comments

I will be 78 soon and all of this is way above my knowledge

I will be 78 soon and all of this is way above my knowledge. I don't know how to send a photo of my self or my painting(s). I work in oils, mainly. I have tried acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and colored pencils. Can someone explain what I have to do?, Thank you.


Added by Larry Eisenman on November 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Have I been here too long?

I just realized that when I see a new blog post or update or painting post, I know whose painting or post it is, not because I can read the name (which I can't if I haven't got my specs on!) but because I recognize the picture. "Oh, there's Ruth", I think, or "Sharon posted something" or "I wonder what Suzanne has to say?" I think I may have been here too long! Or.....I spend way too much time on here.

Added by Ev McTaggart on November 18, 2012 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Finding My Place In The World

As a creative person, I've always, always, ALWAYS felt at odds with society, with the world.

During high school, I struggled A LOT. Math and science - the most prominent subjects - were the hardest for me. I would sob for hours over stupid math lessons because I just DIDN'T GET IT. 

I tried to find other things, other careers I could train for that maybe I would fit into - nurse, chef, librarian,...anything....

But nothing really fit. I always felt like I was forcing…


Added by Aubrey Campbell on November 11, 2012 at 2:31am — 4 Comments

The crazy incident of my first Exhibition entry

Yesterday I submitted my paintings for the annual show of lalit Kala Akademy, a govt run art institution here in India. Actually for the first time I wasn't really apprehended by the stuff piled there by other artists. There were a huge load of stuff though, submitted by all kind of artists; sculptors, painters, photographers etc. It was great being there even when all the stuff was lying around still wrapped in bubble paper. The funniest part was my meeting with this one chap who was there…


Added by baljeet kaur on November 9, 2012 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Four Days with Cecile Baird

A few weeks ago, I participated in a 4-day workshop given by Cecile Baird, one of my very favorite colored pencil artists.  Not only is Cecile an amazing artist, she is also genuine, generous, and downright nice!  I learned so much from her, and maybe even more important than that, I came away energized and excited, with all sorts of ideas for future projects.  I rediscovered all of the things I love about working with colored pencil, like the ease with which I can create fine details and…


Added by Donna Duquette on November 7, 2012 at 9:19pm — 12 Comments

Smooth out color pencil stokes!

I always thought color pencils looked awfully scrawny so I thought I could use a white colored pencil and go over it again. It works!

Added by Melissa Fong on November 6, 2012 at 3:17am — 3 Comments

Tug of war with studio time

The studio is calling today. Does anyone else have this battle? Maybe you have carved out time in your schedule, or maybe it has just worked out where you have a few hours to spend as you'd like. You've had some ideas for new artwork floating around in your head, and would like to get a new piece started or would just love to play around with some new supplies. Then the resistance sets in. It's the perfect opportunity, yet the dishes begin to call, you notice a dusty corner, a pile of…


Added by Melissa Jander on November 5, 2012 at 4:45pm — 5 Comments

How to Get Back on Track When the Going Gets Tough

When I’m feeling stuck in a rut I reach into my art supply drawer to see what I can find to get back on track. One of of my favorite tools is writing a personal manifesto. It’s been my experience that everyone benefits from writing a personal manifesto no matter who you are or what you do. The simple process of writing one is empowering. It's bigger and more profound than a values or purpose statement or a mission / vision statement - it is a way of focusing your energy and attention. A…


Added by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on November 2, 2012 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

Learning to put my artwork and thus self expression first (now that I have recovered my health)!

Well, I am yet another newbie here. I thought I would give you all a general background on who I am.

I have been an artist for a long time, however I ran into health issues that got in the way of focusing on creative work like I did in my thirties and early forties. I now am 63 and finally fit and raring to go. Ironic but true--it has taken years of sleuthing, however, now I feel better now than I ever have overall as long as I am good with my diet (avoiding heavy salicylates, amines,…


Added by Bea Garth on November 1, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment


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