Tag: Pastel

Boldini's abstract painting style

He Has a Sketchy Side

Giovanni Boldini & Abstract Painting But sketchy can be a very good thing in this context! When I was trolling for artists who draw like they paint and vice versa, Giovanni Boldini immediately came to mind. His mark making is a tour de force, no matter if he is working in oils, pastels, or when…

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Taking Off the Straitjacket

The Freedom of Pastel Painting I am not a finicky person, so getting my hands dirty to get a job done is totally fine with me. But with painting, I can get so uptight and hesitant that the physical joy of it all goes right out the window. I’m trying to be better about what…

Moon Walk by John Hulsey, pastel painting.

Ever Hear of the Purkinje Effect?

Have you ever noticed when you are plein air painting how the colors of objects look so radically different in the very low light just before dawn or twilight? Take a red rose, for instance. We know that the flower’s petals are bright red against the green of the leaves in daylight. But, take a…

Landscape painting: Fifth Avenue at Twilight by Lowell Birge Harrison.

Your Best Landscape Painting Experience

With winter around the corner, I’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors, going hiking and reading in the sun, walking from place to place when I do my errands in the evenings, and just finding every excuse for an outdoor excursion, day and night. Landscape painting is another perk of the season. There’s…

Mixed media drawing by Alex Powers.

Drawing Expressive Faces

When I was a kid, my mom always cut coupons on Sunday morning. I’d sit beside her and do the same, but I’d flip through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures I liked or lettering that I thought was neat, and I never gave up my artsy coupon clipping habit because it’s a great…

Trade Winds by John K. Harrell, acrylic painting.

Do You Have Your Own Personal Symbolism?

Explore Special Meanings in Acrylic Painting & More When you think about it, you probably have a personal symbolism—objects or colors or landscape features that hold special meaning for you. These ideas can develop from our personal experiences, our culture, or daydreams or fantasies, or from books or poems we’ve read. John Harrell makes creative…

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Not Just For Ink Blots Anymore

Ink Drawing Artists of Note Drawing with ink takes the precision of a master draftsman and the skill of a watercolorist handling a fluid medium. When I was in school I was completely captivated by the silky dark lines of one of the most famous pen and ink artists, Aubrey Beardsley, but there are several…

Degas, life drawing, after the bath

3 Life Drawing Tips

My Surefire Figure Drawing Game Plan I have a painter-friend who is gearing up to do a major work with figures, but she feels a bit rusty about painting a model in all his or her glory. To help prepare herself, she’s set up a series of life-drawing sessions so that she can spend a…

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Curoius Kitten

Pastel Painting Pastels and pastel pencils on green charcoal paper – 12″ x 8″ Painted this for our 2016 Christmas cards based on a photo of one of our kittens, “Amelia”, in 1886. Our daughter gave us two Himalayan kitten sisters, Amelia and Amanda, just a few weeks old for Christmas that year. Both lived…