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Simplifying – In Drawing & Painting Composition

Coming To Terms With Simplifying. Greetings!  I’m still thinking about this idea of simplifying.  In this article, I speculate about where the concept of simplifying fits in the composition lexicon …

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One Way To Simplify: Using Silhouette Shape Studies.

Simplify: To clarify; to make easier to understand. Just Thinking! Greetings!  I have been thinking about how to “simplify” lately and how the term applies to creating paintings.  You see, …

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Review: Stillman & Birn Nova Series Toned Multi Media Paper

New Nova Paper! Greetings!  I’d like to thank Stillman & Birn for sending me a sample pack of their new Nova Series Toned Paper for Multi Media.   Gift Via Stillman & Birn’s Facebook Page. To explain, I was one of 100 artists who won a sample-pack give away on Stillman & Birn’s Facebook page. […]

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Review: Stillman & Birn Nova Series Toned Multi Media Paper

New Nova Paper! Greetings!  I’d like to thank Stillman & Birn for sending me a sample pack of their new Nova Series Toned Paper for Multi Media.   Gift Via Stillman & Birn’s Facebook Page. To explain, I was one of 100 artists who won a sample-pack give away on Stillman & Birn’s Facebook page. […]

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Organizing My Day By Priorities And Eight Art Show Tasks

Introduction. A friend of mine recently asked me how organizing my art work day.  My friend is looking forward to retirement and thinking about painting. In my head, I started going though organizing my mundane daily schedule: coffee, exercise, breakfast, get to the studio, etc.  Then, I started thinking about whether or not there was […]

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Deconstructing A Realistic Painting Toward Abstraction

Lessons Learned From Gabriel Mark Lipper’s Deconstructing Class. For most of February and March of this year, I have participated in art instructor Gabriel Mark Lipper’s “Deconstructing a Painting” Class. Hmmm, I don’t recall if he actually had a title for the course. In any case, seems to me that we called it the deconstructing […]

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Memory Drawing: An Essay on a Form of Memory Drawing With Examples

Thinking About Memory Drawing. I have been thinking lately about memory drawing. The topic was sparked by one of the books I’ve been reading about drawing by the director of The Arts Student’s League of New York City. The book is “The Visual Language of Drawing” and is by James L. McElhinney and several of […]

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Natural Earth Paint News August 2016

Pamela Hoke, Eco Artist

Natural Earth Paint News August 2016 ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Eco Artist and Survivor Finds Love through Earth Art  

  Eco artist, Pamela Hoke, has been on an artistic journey for many years to express nature as love through her writing and art. She wrote the book “Natural Self Discovery,” and is currently creating a revised edition, which describes her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, her recent challenge with breast cancer, and a shift to Natural Earth Paints as her new medium. Her quest to discover a more earth-friendly and body-friendly art medium came about after she received two emergency grants from The Gottleib Foundation and The Haven Foundation. After surviving the worst part of her breast cancer experience, these grants helped empower her to invest in creating her entire paint inventory with Natural Earth Pigments, as it allowed her to have one paint source through

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Color Bias: Its Relative; Lesson in Primary Color Mixing & Mood

First Lesson Color bias was one of the first lessons I learned when I started learning about watercolor painting.  Understanding color bias is useful, particularly in mixing color and creating color mood. Early Advice – Look For Color Bias Early in my watercolor painting education, I received some guidance and advice from family friend and […]

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Creating “Irish Maiden” from Start to Finish

Intro to Creating a Painting One of my artist friends asked to show how go about creating my paintings.  The suggestion came a couple of months ago while I was participating in a local watercolor critique group.  I said “sure, no problem”. Now as I get ready to write about it, I wonder what do I […]

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