We get stuck for a lot of different reasons. I know that for myself, sometimes I need new tools. New skills. That’s why I’ve sought teachers so many times – in college (twice!), at workshops, in recreational classes, at art exhibits. Color exercises were a big help to me, so I’m sharing them with you! […]
Which Brand of Acrylic Paint?
You know that saying “It’s a poor craftsman that blames his tools” Well it’s not necessarily true. Especially with paint. The ingredients make a big difference in how paint behaves, whether it’s smooth or sticky, how well it spreads around and whether you can mix colors to get something good (or just bleh). For Paint […]
This landscape painting is HUGE! It’s a 4′ x 8′ panel that I painted for the VA on Soldier’s Home Road, West Lafayette. We talked about painting directly onto their wall, but their walls have a lumpy surface, kind of like a woven basket, so that wouldn’t have worked. I used acrylic paint on plywood, […]
Avoid “Overworking” Your Paintings
“Is it done? Am I finished?” It’s a tough question sometimes. Here’s an example of a painting I consider to be “overworked”, and it’s one of MY paintings 🙂 Aaaaargh! When I look at this, the purpose isn’t clear, the relationships between the objects are vague; the shapes are too similar without being rhythmic; there’s […]