Handmade Holiday

Handmade Holiday

We are all given special gifts to share with the world. Artists are given a very special gift because they make things with their hands from nothing. Before there was nothing, and a few hours later, there is something. That’s very powerful, and takes lots of skill and experience. Artists love us enough to share their gifts with us. Made and given from the hands of one to be enjoyed by another.

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Studio Materials I Use-QoR Watercolor

Studio Materials I Use-QoR Watercolor

began my painting life as a watercolor painter nearly 30 years ago. Most of my work today is acrylic on canvas, but I still paint with watercolor and enjoy doing so. Over many years of painting with watercolor, I have used all the major brands of professional grade watercolor paint, and without question the best I have used is QoR Watercolor (pronounced “Core”).

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Acrylic Brush Care

Acrylic Brush Care

I have been asked many times to do a video on brush care, so here we go. We usually think that brush care begins after a painting is complete and as brushes are about to be cleaned and stored. I believe brush care begins before we begin painting, as we are setting up to paint.

For me, having a clean brush for each color is the best way to prevent my paintings from getting muddy. To have a clean brush means that proper cleaning during the painting process is critical. Lots of folks fill a large water bucket all the way to the top….

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

In Part 4 of this continuing video series I continue to add middle value color, add transitions at my centers of interest and continue developing my shapes and colors.

In the previous video, Part 3, I began laying in the dark value shapes and dominant color as well as started painting the center of interest areas.

I want to emphasize that this painting is painted wet into wet and none of the paint is allowed to dry. It is not a layered painting with dry layers over dry layers - I don’t paint like that.

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

In Part 2 of this continuing series I put my paint on the palette and mix the colors that I will be using in the painting.

In Part 1, I selected a color combination from the color wheel to use for the painting. For this piece I will be using an Analogous color combination (4 colors adjacent on the color wheel) of red-violet, red, red-orange and orange. Red-violet will act as my dominant color, giving the finished piece a cool, red-violet chromatic dominance.

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