Do you love snow? Or hate it with a passion bordering on rage? Does a hit of the white stuff bring out your inner child or Demon! Maybe snow’s causing you chaos? We Brits still aren’t prepared for any significant level of snowfall. Much to the surprise of continental Europe and America who marvel at our unpreparedness in the face of a mere few inches of the white stuff The truth is heavy snow is unusual for most of Brits, especially in the lowlands. ! Scratch that, any snow is unusual for us! Maybe it’s the novelty, but snow provides masses of inspiration when it comes. As an artist, my major issue with snow is how to depict it without slipping into the twee. And the association that snow = Christmas. Oops, slipped up there! Or did I throw you off with the green Holly Berries? There’s plenty of scope for interest with snowy pictures. The snow’s texture, the icicles, the way trees droop under the weight of it, light reflecting and sparkling off the snow, outlines smoothed beneath a unifying blanket. But how to create the image? One technique I employ is photography. With digital cameras much of the […]
Inspiring Artists can create art out of anything! So why do some go overboard when buying art materials? When all they need is at hand? Try simplifying, only a few basic items are required. Sometimes, just the one. What about using some paper? or, if you must, pick up a book for inspiration. Sharpen your pencil… After all, who doesn’t love a bit of pencil art? And, if you want to create a collage,.. … You’ll need some Scissors… And when you’ve finished your creation you’ll need to display it.. What better way than stapling it to the wall? You see, you don’t need a lot to be an inspiring artist! Want to see some inspiring artists with their work? You might want to check out this post. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Believe in yourself if you want to succeed! It’s true of any career but especially art. Tell anyone that you want to be an artist. Chances are they’ll say how difficult making living is in art! And, while it may be true, it does nothing to help your confidence. Most careers require a level of confidence. The truth is, if you don’t believe in yourself. Neither will anybody else! At some point a conscious decision has to be made to become an Artist. But it doesn’t happen overnight. So from that point on you have to believe in yourself, otherwise you’ll quit! And quitting is easy! You just choose a more “reliable” career path! Something with a steady income. I know, I’ve been there… And I regret it. If you have a dream then quitting is never easy. Especially if the skills required to achieve it come naturally to you. Sure, you still need to work, but if you love it, it’s not work! Is it? It’s natural to have doubts. But anyone who achieves anything has had some doubts. But they’ve continued because to quit would be worse. There will always be a cost whether you choose to pursue […]
Ever see a complete work of art and think something’s missing? What makes art great? It’s an elusive quality. We praise the skill involved, the complexity of details, brushwork, technique and a whole raft of other things. But sometimes what’s left out can add more to a piece than what is included. I was reminded of that seeing this Anthony Green piece at the London Art Fair. The power of minimalism is just that. Finding the minimum needed to make an impact and adding nothing more. Our extraordinary brains enable us to fill in gaps. Through positioning and outline the effect is achieved. Looking at this we can see a head! Even though we know it’s not there… Discovering the Unmask Group on Colossal wowed me even more! Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei make up this talented group. They are transforming three dimensional space with these Dissolving sculptures! With style… And here’s a close up! See more of their work on This is Colossal So, you see, sometimes leaving things out isn’t lazy… It’s creative! And seeing Art like this makes me want to be lazy, I mean creative too. Are you with me?
Anatomical study is essential for drawing figures. Many careers require the study of anatomy. Art being but one. However, access to materials is sometimes difficult. And sometimes people are just plain squeamish. Anatomy can be really difficult to understand, especially in text books. But, never mind, the solution is here… 3D Paper models First the Skeleton! This one is cardboard. And even has all the origins and insertions conveniently named. Much better than your real skeleton. And strike a pose! We had one of these, but sadly Cedric is no longer with us…sniff! Anyway, I digress… You may need to see internal structures in detail…. This wonderful torso I found on This is collosal What about muscle structure? Try this! Or maybe some surface surface anatomy? The last 2 images are by Bert Simons and you can find more here, including full figures! There you are! Not an iccy, bloody, squidgy, smelly thing in sight! Sorry, Why are you turning green? So, do you know any other essential “study aids”?
Do you know when to finish a painting? The answer seems obvious, but so often it isn’t. Sometimes you draw a few lines then freeze… because what you see is perfect. You know to add more would be to loose the primitive charm and energy. My personal dilemma is usually at this stage of a painting… I want to leave it as is! Look closely and you’ll see the texture. I want to preserve these masked lines covered with paint. I’ve tried to recreate them with other substances, but they don’t work out the same. So, why not leave them then? Well…I could, but they’re so fragile. And lift at the slighted provocation. They simply would not last. So the search continues for an alternative… And in the meantime, I still like the finished results! So how do you know when a painting is finished? Many a painting has been ruined by overworking. And others by stopping too soon. I truth there is only one answer… Quite simply, when YOU say it is! Only YOU will know. Although many others may offer opinions! But what if you’re not sure? Then leave it alone! Prop it up in a prominent location. […]