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A couple of years later and still painting!

Some of you may recall that I began painting in the summer of 2012.  It was a light bulb moment when I was shown how to begin on a blank canvas. 

Since that day, I have entered and been accepted numerous times in the shows at my local Artist Center in Atlanta. Haven't won a ribbon yet, but that isn't my goal.  I just like the feeling I have when I am painting followed by that feeling of ahhhh...I did that?  I like that!

I have sold a few pieces, was commissioned to do a dog,…


Added by Adrienne Zinn on September 4, 2015 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

Continuation of my blog from October 2014

It has been almost ten months now since I shared one part of my story.

I'm happy to inform you that my legs continue to improve. I'm learning to walk stairs now and have managed some. This was a big accomplishment for me recently when I was invited to a party at someone's house and had to climb stairs. I found myself at the center of that party because everybody offered to help. I still continue with physical therapy and have a therapist come to my house on a weekly basis, but this is…


Added by Rita Lulay Malsch on August 25, 2015 at 6:28pm — 7 Comments

I like to "potter"

I feel like I should  introduce myself to all of ye :-)

I'm totally colour blind, I cant draw but I have always loved to create things.

I started off my hobby if you would call it that about 5 ish years ago.

I have always been the type of person who liked to create but never really had an outlet for it. I started with stencils and really love how they let a person like me create images without the ability to paint , Then I got into working with wall plaster and love that but I…


Added by Tom Hillgrove on August 24, 2015 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Uncomfortable Art

What is it about grotesque or "dark" art that makes people uncomfortable? As an artist, I use art to express what's in my soul, I use images to portray what words cannot. There is not only light but dark inside each if us; why then (from personal experience) do people tend to shy away from works that make you feel the darkness? I could sketch or publish works that are constantly cutesy or fuzzy feeling- but I'm not a robot, and have plenty of hurt and scars that also drive me creatively. I use… READ MORE

Added by Wren Renko on July 11, 2015 at 5:29pm — 6 Comments


I'm so overwhelmed with all the positive feedback I can barely keep up!! Thank you all so much for all of the comments and compliments, you know how to feed an artists ego ^_~ If I haven't gotten back to anyone I'll try ASAP, I'm a part time artist and a full time Mum of 2 beautiful wild things who keep me pretty busy. Just wanted to make a public announcement that I appreciate the love so much. Can't wait to get to know everyone and to check out all this fantastic… READ MORE

Added by Wren Renko on July 7, 2015 at 5:50am — 2 Comments

Paint it Black!

I've been playing a lot with the color black this month. So what's up with that?

Well... I'm making a new start on my "artist's journey", and black is the color of the proverbial "blank slate". I think it symbolizes a new beginning for me. It's like an unspoken question: "What's out there?" Or maybe it's a veil, waiting to be brushed back and reveal whatever's waiting behind it. It's an expression of anticipation, of curiosity, and a statement that I am taking that next bold step…


Added by C. Andrew Wolfe on June 25, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments

Getting Organized

Artistically, my world is awash in choices of different media, tools, subjects, styles, and techniques. I think I've been experiencing a type of information overload since I decided to buckle down and work on my skill set. I am told that it is important for an artist to find his own style, but how can one do that until he's at least decided what kind of art he likes to do in the first place?

To make sure that I spend enough time with various media to explore its nuances, I've…


Added by C. Andrew Wolfe on June 17, 2015 at 7:35am — 6 Comments

Sleepless nights and watercolours

I find myself up when i should be sleeping,  my head full of words and colours. I know myself well enough to make use of the inconvenience. This business in my head which keeps me up is food for creativity.The cool of the night along with the  dark silence are conducive to painting and or writing. The silence is not complete of course ,the garden has a host of nightime visitors some of whom screech whilst others just rustle and scratch or splash ( frogs). If its warm then i open the french…


Added by stephen mason on June 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Baby Steps

Art is complicated. I want to improve, and so I have... but it's happening slowly. There are so many skills to work on, and so many media to explore. It's going to take time to get my lay of the land and find out what really works for my purposes.

It might help, then, to explore those purposes. There are, I think, only one or two ultimate goals for me. I want to design my own computer games, and in doing so I want my "programmer art" to be presentable enough to produce a finished…


Added by C. Andrew Wolfe on June 13, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Rose Wilder Lane

Thanks to Nelson's observant eye, I realize that, when I posted this in my gallery, I ran out of characters.  There's only a little of the story missing, but it does make the ending sound better.  I'm posting it as a blog in it's complete form. 

Thanks again, Nelson.

I bet you thought you knew the whole story of The Little House On the Prairie.  Unless you know…


Added by Fran Hoffpauir on May 26, 2015 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Durfort France

I have plans for the summer in France and working with larger pieces of silk as a wraparound experience is a part of those plans. If i can fund it i will set up a community silk painting project. Maybe something off the wall ,on a grand scale for a big exhibition.Our village is 700 years old and has for centuries been based around the manufacture of copper items,pans ,kettles etc..

This historic industry is now nearing it's end and as the village changes ,new people and families come…


Added by stephen mason on May 21, 2015 at 11:31pm — 1 Comment

Artist Block

Ugh... That moment when you really want to draw but you don't have any good ideas? lol having that happen right now. I'm open to, and would love some suggestions. Thanks!


Added by Alice on May 21, 2015 at 8:01pm — 4 Comments

I'm so nervous

I have my canvas gesso and my paint brushes ready I'm nervous and a little bit scared. I then I think in my mind should I try watercolor or acrylic . Which is more forgiving? Which one will I mess up less with. I appreciate the canvas to much to slaughter it with my novice brush strokes and then I  breath in and out and hold off another day. Has anyone that has created these most amazing pieces of the human emotion had this problem when you first put paint to canvas? Let me know how you…


Added by Jennifer Gibson on May 21, 2015 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

Rain easy or hard!

I want to learn how to sketch Rain on a window pane which is funny because I live in Washington state lol. It rains continuously here and eventually I would like to turn it into a painting. But I can't seem to get it right. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone

Added by Jennifer Gibson on May 17, 2015 at 8:01pm — No Comments

New to the Art Colony

ok -- jumping in here with both feet.  Have rarely posted any of my art (outside of my photography) in any type of forum, although I've been painting now for about 15 or so years.  Have tried acrylics, but always return to watercolour as I like to watch the colour burst into life as it hits the water.  While I will try just about any subject (although, 'portrait' may have had its one and only attempt), I prefer 'botanicals'. Since we moved house 5 years ago, I have not picked up a paint…


Added by Sandra Harper on May 11, 2015 at 12:55am — 1 Comment


Abstractions are neither easily definable or easily accomplished.  I find that what I call an abstraction, meaning lifted out of the realm of the specific to the realm of the general, is not seen as such by others, instead, they are often called expressive works.  So, I have tried to continuing branching out with my paintings and drawings to test the limits of what is generally…


Added by R L Oliver on May 4, 2015 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

Spring In Full Swing

Hello there.  It has been awhile since I last posted a blog, though I've continued to paint all along. I tried my hand at oil painting for the first time, about six weeks ago, I was not thrilled. The painting turned out ok, but I was not prepared for the smell of the paints and thinners, (even the odorless kind) and cleaning the brushes was a  constant pain in the butt . Then when I finally finished it, I was astounded to learn how long it took my painting to dry.

With acrylics it…


Added by Ronnie Egerton on May 3, 2015 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

New to this

This is my first day on this site and I have to say I am really impressed. It's a great place to show my artwork and talk to other artists, getting feedback from them is great. Seeing as this seems to be a day of firsts....This is the first time I have ever written a blog, and to be honest I wasnt sure what to write or even how to get started. Looks like I over came that hurdle lol. I am really looking forward to getting to know you good people on this site, making friends and enjoying the…


Added by Debby Griffin on April 21, 2015 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Miki Wolf W.I.P.

Well, I finally remembered to stop every now and then and take pictures.  I really like WIPs.  I've learned a lot from the ones other artists have posted.

Miki is a wonderful artist.  She's been a friend of mine on several other sites for several years.  She gave approval to post this.  I hope it's of some help to others interested in drawing CP portraits.


Step 1…


Added by Fran Hoffpauir on April 15, 2015 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

Abstracts: Yes/No?

I posted this on one of the groups, but I thought I might as well just ask the question here. I am mostly a realistic painter, but I did a commissioned abstract art piece a while ago and even though my client  was very happy, I got some really negative responces on FB from other artists, so although I really enjoyed it (especially as a "head cleaner") I just stopped...if it has no value there is no use for me to continue with abstract work.  My husband is not an abstract fan, so I won't be…


Added by Elmarie Smit on April 4, 2015 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments


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