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    1. Tips That'll Help You Be More Comfortable Painting Portraits

      Tips That'll Help You Be More Comfortable Painting Portraits

      Portrait paintings can problematic for some artists that are just starting out. Some even develop a fear of it.

      If you're one of them, check out this article from Empty Easel. It's called How to Paint Portraits from Photos.

      In it, Brandi Bowman shares fascinating tips. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      I have found that the following five colors are all you need for most skin tones: french ultramarine, titanium white, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, and burnt umber.

      I also like to use linseed oil to increase the flow of the paint. Pour a small amount ...

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    2. The Basics of the Drybrush Technique

      The Basics of the Drybrush Technique

      This article from The Artist's Network piqued our curiosity. The author calls it Dazzling Drybrush.

      It offers up some helpful nuggets of wisdom in the drybrush technique. Here's a short excerpt:

      To use this technique, dip your brush in your pigment, then touch it to a sponge or tissue to remove most of the moisture. Using the tips of the brush hairs, either in a clump or fluffed apart with your finger, make short, overlapping strokes.

      To learn more about how to do it, take a look at the rest of the article. There's an image of ...

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    3. Drawing Tips from the Pros

      Drawing Tips from the Pros

      Came across this fascinating piece from My Modern Met and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled Talented Artists Share Their Favorite Tips for Improving Your Drawing Skills.

      In it, an impressive collection of artists share some useful drawing tips. Joseph M. Catimbang of Pentasticarts shares this particular gem:

      I always carry a pocket sketchbook wherever I go. It helps me do my conceptualization. Whenever I get an idea I have my pocket sketchbook with me so I can create a rough sketch of what I was thinking at the moment, I would later use these concepts to create ...

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    4. Keith Haring's View on Why Imagination isn't Just for Art

      Keith Haring's View on Why Imagination isn't Just for Art

      Here's a fascinating article from Artsy. It's called Keith Haring on the Importance of Imagination in Art and Life.

      In it, Alexxa Gotthardt shares some insightful perspectives on Keith Haring's work. Here’s a quote from the artist himself that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.

      Have a look at the full article for more of the insight.

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    5. Recommended Art Books For Your Creative Pursuits

      Recommended Art Books For Your Creative Pursuits

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from My Modern Met. It’s titled 10 Art Books That Will Nourish Your Creative Soul This Month.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Soviet-era metro networks were built differently than those of Paris or New York. They were used as “propaganda artwork” that combined a variety of artistic movements into spaces fusing art and architecture. Photographer Christopher Herwig explored the stations of each metro network in the former USSR. Accompanying the fascinating images is an essay by architectural and political writer Owen Hatherley.

      To ...

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    6. Discovering Your Taste in Art

      Discovering Your Taste in Art

      Here's a fascinating article from Bluethumb. It's called 5 Tips to Discover Your Art Taste.

      In it, Meagan George shares some insightful perspectives on art collecting and buying. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Ignore everything you’ve heard and go with your gut! After all, you’re the one who will be admiring this piece on your wall, day in and day out. While the critics and experts are useful in directing you towards a particular artist you might like, when it comes to choosing something for your home, it’s entirely personal.

      Have a look ...

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    7. How Art Can Play a Role in Wildlife Protection

      How Art Can Play a Role in Wildlife Protection

      Came across this fascinating piece from Vietnam News and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled Foreign Artists Show Concern About Wildlife Protection Through Art.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      Though it takes time and the result will not be seen now, the project’s effect will gradually change people’s minds about trafficking and consumption of wildlife products. It will help raise people’s awareness of protecting animals, he said.

      If you want more information on the positive effects of art, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

       

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    8. How Instinct and Inspiration Co-Exist Painting

      How Instinct and Inspiration Co-Exist Painting

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from Bluethumb. It’s titled Meredith Hose on Instinct and Inspiration.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      As well as external motivation and stimuli, the need to paint is a constant throughout Meredith’s emotions. From an internal perspective, the tone of work may consequently differ. 

      To find out more about these ideas, look into the rest of this insightful piece.

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    9. Bob Ross Finally Gets The Exhibition He's Always Deserved

      Bob Ross Finally Gets The Exhibition He's Always Deserved

      Back in the day, with no internet, no YouTube, or websites to turn to in the hopes of learning how to paint for free, we turned to Bob Ross. He's finally getting what he deserves with a special exhibition of his own.

      This CNN article shares all about it. Here's a short excerpt from Joan Kowalski, the de facto handler of Bob's works:

      It came to be as a very happy accident. Elizabeth asked me to exhibit some of Bob's paintings in the facility that she works at and, to be honest with you, we've ...

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    10. Embracing the Challenge

      Embracing the Challenge

      Here's a really thought-provoking piece. It's by Vicki Archer and it's titled Find Your Balance

      It's got some insightful ideas. This one's particularly fascinating:

      Sometimes balance is all about the doing, the letting go and the less serious side of life. There can never be too much joy or too much laughter. Say “yes” at least once a day and watch your world lighten.

      Embrace challenge.

      Work at something unfamiliar and away from the comfort zone. Challenging us is one way to rejig the balance.

      Take a look at the rest of the article to ...

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    11. The Beauty of Fall

      The Beauty of Fall

      Thought we'd share this interesting article from Town and Country Living. It's called Why Fall is the Best Season to Enjoy Gardens.

      It has such a unique perspective. Here's an excerpt:

      Some people think that fall is the end of gardening season. But I think fall is the best season to enjoy gardens. The earth is so full of color this time of year and weeds are no longer prolific.

      Check out the rest of the article for some photos.

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    12. Getting Representation as a Working Artist

      Getting Representation as a Working Artist

      Came across this fascinating piece from Artsy and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled How do Artists Get Gallery Representation?

      In it, Alexxa Gotthardt shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      Landing a job in a gallery—whether as an intern, assistant, art handler, installation photographer, or graphic designer—can also expand an emerging artist’s community and act as a springboard for exposure.

      If you want more of Alexxa Gotthardt's perspectives, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

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    13. Art Buyer's Guide So You Don't Regret Your Art Fair Purchases

      Art Buyer's Guide So You Don't Regret Your Art Fair Purchases

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Bluethumb and thought that we would share it. Grace Wye, the author, titles it 5 Top Tips for Buying Art at an Art Fair.

      In it, she offers us some fascinating ideas. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Too many people go to art fairs, see a piece they love and assume it will still be there on their second lap. Don’t set yourself up for heartache – if you see an artwork you want, buy it.

      Give the rest of this remarkable piece of writing a read for more information and context.

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    14. Modern Artists and the Philantrophists Who Support Them

      Modern Artists and the Philantrophists Who Support Them

      Here's a fascinating article from the Artsy. It's called How Far Will Artists Go to Stop Toxic Philantrophy?

      It shares some insightful perspectives. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      For Rakowitz and Fraser, the ethical showing and selling of their work is the art’s meaning. But even for artists who consider their work to be divorced from politics, Rakowitz believes artists have a right to know where their work ends up, noting that it is standard in any “collaborative and consensual” business agreement.

      Have a look at the full article if you want to read more ...

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    15. These Glow-In-The-Dark Paintings Might Inspire Your Next Work

      These Glow-In-The-Dark Paintings Might Inspire Your Next Work

      Thought we'd share this fascinating article from Bored Panda. It's called These 30 Dazzling Paintings Come to Life When You Turn Off the Lights.

      It features some interesting glow-in-the-dark artwork. Here's a short excerpt for some context:

      Focusing mostly on dreamy landscapes and animals, Cristoforo uses glow-in-the-dark paint to create his artworks. It may sound simple, but there's so much more to it. "I started with color symbolism first and foremost," he said. "Later on, I [added] scenarios of the natural world [with] strong emotional impact ... I like to think of [my universe] as an uninfected ...

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    16. Combining Digital and Pencil Art

      Combining Digital and Pencil Art

      Here's an awesome article from Bored Panda. It's called Brazilian Artist Tullius Heuer Creates Digital Paintings That Leap Off The Page.

      It shares some beautiful works of art. Here's a short excerpt to give you an idea of this one-of-a-kind art form. 

      He masterfully blends his pencil art simulations with real photos in his magical three-dimensional manipulations and the results leave us wondering what would happen if drawings came to life. 

      Take a look at the rest of the article to see the photos.

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    17. Beginners Guide to Sculpting

      Beginners Guide to Sculpting

      Sculpting is a beautiful art form. This article from Fox 21 Delmarva deals with the basics. It's called Sculpting for Beginners: 9 Essential Tips and Tricks to Get Star.

      It's got some great suggestions. Here's one of them:

      Try to resist the impulse have impossible expectations at first. This is a learned skill, and will thus take time and repetition to master each step in the process.

      Take a look at the rest of the article to learn more...

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    18. The Wild West Inspired Andy Warhol's Art

      The Wild West Inspired Andy Warhol's Art

      Came across this fascinating piece from Artsy and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled Why Andy Warhol Was Enthralled with the Wild West.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      Imagery inspired by the mythological American West promoted in the popular and commercial culture of Warhol’s youth began to emerge in his work as early as 1963, five years after critic Lawrence Alloway coined the term “Pop art.” His 1963 silkscreen painting Elvis 11 Times [Studio Type]borrows a publicity shot from the iconic country singer and actor’s 1960 Western flick Flaming Star ...

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    19. Tips for Collecting Beautiful Vintage Pieces

      Tips for Collecting Beautiful Vintage Pieces

      Are you a vintage item or art collector? Here's a fascinating article from French Country Cottage that shares with us some awesome ways to make it a little bit easier. It's called Tips for Collecting Vintage & The Three Loves Rule.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Those pieces that talk to you. The ones that tell the story and try to 'woo' you while you are shopping. That whisper sweet nothings in your ear while you are trying to sort through pieces and find the right one. That tell you that THEY ARE the one you are looking for ...

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    20. Drawing for Paint Prep

      Drawing for Paint Prep

      Sharpen your pencils and ready your canvas. Here are some cool drawing tips from Online Art Lessons. It's called Drawing Tips for Painters.

      It has some interesting advice. Here's one them:

      You could use the grid method whereby the reference is divided into small equal blocks and the painting surface is divided into the same number of blocks. The contents each block on the reference is then carefully copied into the corresponding block in the canvas. 

      Give the rest of the article a read for other tips and tricks that you can use in your next creative work...

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    21. Finding Art for Your Wall

      Finding Art for Your Wall

      Picking out art for your living room walls is not an easy task. Luckily, this interesting article from Bluethumb has us covered. It's called 5 Tips for Buying Living Room Wall Art.

      It shares some really interesting insights to make the decision a little easier. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Look for artworks with personal stories behind them, interesting technique or unusual subject matter – if in doubt, ask the artist for more information. Many artists provide details of their inspiration in their artwork descriptions.

      Take a look at the rest of this article for the rest of the tips ...

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    22. 6 Reasons Why Art is Good for Your Mental Health

      6 Reasons Why Art is Good for Your Mental Health

      Mental health greatly affects our quality of life. There are different ways to help work through our issues, and one is becoming increasingly popular: art therapy. 

      Tara Reed of Lifehack writes why art can help us deal with emotional problems:

      Art therapy is rooted in Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung’s theories of the subconscious and unconscious and based on the idea that visual symbols and images are the most readily accessible forms of communication. 

      Learn more about how creating art is good for the soul by reading the full article.

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    23. The Complexities of Glitch Art

      The Complexities of Glitch Art

      We found this piece from Artists Inspire Artists and thought that it would make a great read for you as well. It’s called The Glitch Art of Phillip Mcconnell.

      It offers some thought-provoking perspectives on digital art. This one from Philip himself is particularly interesting:

      As technology advances, more and more everyday pushing the boundary of what the mind can create is literally at your fingertips. Alchemy is the transformation of matter either from one state to another or from one substance to another. By bending and manipulating the raw data or code of a picture, I essentially corrupt ...

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    24. Lilit Sarkisian on How She Makes Her Beautiful Murals

      Lilit Sarkisian on How She Makes Her Beautiful Murals

      Thought we'd share this cool new article from My Modern Met. It's called Lovely Flower Murals Transform Ordinary Rooms into Spaces with Blooming Personalities.

      It shares some great tips on mural painting. Here's one that we thought was particularly interesting:

      Before putting brushes to the wall, she travels to the spot that she’ll be painting and snaps pictures to carefully plan how the artwork will interact with the rest of the space—and her conscientiousness shows.

      Give the rest of this fascinating article a read for more context...

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