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 … Continue reading5 Ways Inspiring Artists use Limited Materials.
Toys aren’t art, are they? Well, with Christmas coming I thought I’d give Expect the Unexpected a break for a while. And introduce you to… TOY ART! Like this sculpture here by Nathan Sawaya Lego man by Nathan Sawaya That’s art made from toys if … Continue readingTerrific Toy Art you must see!
Dreaming of a hugely successful art career? Me too! But it’s one thing to have a dream, we all have dreams. I want my dream to equal reality. I’m getting there but there’s always more to do. In January I decided to be more proactive … Continue readingDreaming of success, good! 4 steps to make Artweeks and Open studios the start!
For someone who loves creating portraits, I’ve been doing a lot of abstracts recently! Why? Simple, with portraits you need a model! And I find that daunting! Especially if I’m trying experimental techniques. I’m aware of the pressure to get it right. It’s a form … Continue readingSelf-portraits – Ego trip or educational tool?
It’s a question I keep coming back to. Will I be more successful if I do a degree in art? I stopped formal art study after my “A” levels. Experiencing something of a trial. I hated spending 6-12 weeks on the same paintings. I was … Continue readingIs doing an Art Degree necessary for success?
I’ve always admired people who can get a photorealistic finish on pencil sketching. For some time I wondered how it was achieved. Then I discovered burnishing. I knew some blending techniques but hadn’t really attempted burnishing before. (There were some serious gaps in my art … Continue readingRealistic sketching with coloured pencils – a portrait of Avril Lavigne