My Favorite Thing – Barbara Schilling

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About 8 years ago I purchased an inventory program for my Mac. It has been indispensable. The particular app that I bought is no longer available, so I hesitated to bring it up as the best tool I've got for my business, but there are other ... Read More...

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The Importance of Edges

When I first began painting and I had been told that correct edgework was something that could make or break a painting, I would have had no idea what that meant.  Today after a few years of painting I believe that to be true. As Mr. ... Read More...

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Notan Sketch VS. iPhone 6

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"Notan" is a Japanese term referring to exploring the harmony between light and dark. Artists use Notan sketches to explore the composition elements of a scene and the relationship of major shapes. A good Notan drawing simplifies a scene ... Read More...

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Getting the Most Out of Your Camera

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Just about every representational artist knows the benefits of painting from life. The naked eye can see far more than a camera and constantly adjusts for each lighting situation. Our other senses tell us if it’s windy, hot, cold, and ... Read More...

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My Favorite Thing – Lori Putnam

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Solvent Free Gel by Gamblin Artist Colors is one of my very favorite things. It is odorless, CLEAR, and thick enough to hold a good heavy paint stroke. It loads well on the brush and I love the way the paint feels when I lay it on the ... Read More...

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The Pace Race

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Like any vital, living thing, the art world is ever evolving. In the distant past, paintings were accomplished in the studio by painstaking application of layers of paint over a period of sometimes years. In the not-so-distant past, the ... Read More...

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Painting the Perfect Subject

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Is there such a thing—the “perfect” subject to paint-- on any given day? Like song-choice for a musician, the subject an artist chooses to paint carries his/her personality, abilities and message to the viewers who will see it. ... Read More...

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My Favorite Thing – Thomas Jefferson Kitts

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The Ubiquitous All-purpose Palette Knife When I first saw this palette knife in the hands of Richard Schmid a lightbulb went off. Years later, I have found this knife to be the most useful tool ever. I can rapidly mix my colors and paint ... Read More...

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WHAT DO YOU DO? “I AM AN ARTIST.”

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How far into your artist career did you start answering to the ever-present question, “What do you do?” with a smile and an assertive reply “I AM AN ARTIST”? This is a query I presented to all my mentors at the beginning of my artistic ... Read More...

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