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Creating a Studio or Artist Space

Creating a Studio or Artist Space

  The first question to ask yourself – is a dedicated, separate studio necessary? While a separate building or room may not be necessary or even possible, if you are taking your art seriously you at least need a dedicated artist space. You need a personal space that...

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Colour

Colour

Isaac Newton in the 17th/18th century deduced that sunlight is made up of the ‘spectrum’, a term referring to the components of white light. The components of sunlight can be seen when its wave length is separated (through refraction) by a glass prism. The result is a rainbow with ‘seven’ colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet

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Portraiture

Portraiture

The announcement of the 2013 winner of the Archibald Prize led me to ask the question – what is portraiture? The artworks making up the finalists for that year seemed to differ quite dramatically, so what defines a portrait? Taking things back to basics, portraiture...

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Hillside in Provence 1886-1890 by Paul Cezanne

Hillside in Provence 1886-1890 by Paul Cezanne

Finally, we grasp the true feeling Cezanne wants us to take from the statement he makes. It is a fusion of nature and the self. It is a steady ordeal, search and meditation to grow as an artist, examining how marks on a canvas can reflect something more than the naked eye can see at first glance

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What is Impressionism? The Basics

What is Impressionism? The Basics

  If  like me you struggle to make sense of all the different styles of painting,  let's take things back to basics. Starting with Impressionism, what is it and what sets it apart from other styles? Impressionism, is an art movement that began with a group of Paris...

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2017 and another year with the Ellen Michel Art School

2017 and another year with the Ellen Michel Art School

There is a certain clarity revealed when artists put their work in the public arena . In this case displaying to peers. And Sunday was no exception. The variety and scope of the paintings was dramatic. From landscape (urban and country) to portraiture, still life, floral and figure work. The variation of style also was quite diverse and took me by surprise.

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The Importance of Under Painting

The Importance of Under Painting

With all my years of teaching and painting experience, there still remains a fascination for the use of under painting. By under painting I mean the initial ‘wash’ of oil paint ( paint thinned to a watery consistency with pure turpentine) over the whole surface of the...

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Photorealism

Photorealism

  A few weeks ago we discussed Realism, as a style of art and now we take a look at a sub-branch of realism; photorealism. The term photorealism applies to paintings from the US, beginning in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Photorealism is the style of painting...

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Nature the Foundation for Painting

Nature the Foundation for Painting

Nature the Foundation for Painting Continuing our lesson from last month we explore the strong case for the observation of nature as a basis for a painters training. From Giotto to Pollock we are exploring the implications of the observation of nature, its rendering...

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Cubism

Cubism

Cubism is the first Abstract Art style that began between 1907 and 1911 and is said to have been invented by Pablo Picasso. Cubist paintings are not meant to be realistic or life like in any way. Far removed from traditional art styles of the time, cubists created a...

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Abstract Art

Abstract Art

Of all the genres and styles of art, I must admit to being the most confused by abstract art. Sometimes, I really am at a loss to see the difference between abstract artwork hanging on a gallery wall and that of a scrawling created by my daughter back in her kindergarten days (and a few of those do still hang, framed upon my walls).

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Realism

Realism

Continuing on our quest to unravel and demystify the different styles of art we come to Realism. Generally defined, Realism is the attempt to represent a subject truthfully and without artificiality all the while avoiding the constrictions of art convention, as well...

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