There is nothing that defines an artist quite like his or her palette. Some artists are meticulously organized with their color mixing, with paints arranged by color temperature, while other artists arrange colors based on their dominance in the specific work.Another defining characteristic of an artist’s palette is the sheer number of paints he or she chooses to work with.
Painting in Dreams of ColorIf there is a hallmark of the work of Maxfield Parrish, it is the brilliance of his colors. That along with enchanting figures set in pastoral landscapes make up the signature style of this twentieth century illustrator, and help explain just why he is one of the most beloved American artists in history.
It’s another beautiful day in Florida, and this is the first leisurely morning I’ve had in over a week. Being here isn’t synonymous with being on vacation. I work harder here than I do in Kansas! While I dearly love my work, it’s time for me to relax and once again, connect with my thoughts in writing.
An exhibition currently on view in California offers big rewards for lovers of figure drawing and Renaissance art. “Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action” is showing at the Getty, in Los Angeles, until September 13, and it is Drawing magazine’s Exhibition of the Month for July.Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) was one of the great draftsmen of Renaissnace Florence, able to combine powerful realism and immediacy with highly spiritual subjects.
Stenciling is a key technique in a mixed-media arsenal because they’re so incredibly versatile. These 10 tips for stenciling are geared to up your stencil game and ensure maximum fun and creativity.1. Layer it on. In her article “Adventures in Encaustic Collage and Spray Paint,” in the January/Feburary 2016 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lisa Thorpe says adding spray-paint patterns made with stencils to encaustic collage art enhances the depth of the piece.
Fun Techniques for Paint TextureWhat you make it do! A paintbrush isn’t animate. It isn’t going to teach me how to paint or go about painting art when no one is looking. It needs the hand of the artist to do its job. But one thing a brush—by its very nature—is made for is emphasizing paint texture. Just think back on how early Renaissance artists worked through decades in which a smooth glossy surface was tantamount.