Sadie Valeri’s Virtuosic Detailed PaintingsNot too many years ago, San Francisco based artist Sadie Valeri was an aspiring figure painter stuck in a still life studio. She had a good deal of time on her hands to hone her painting and drawing skills, but her workspace was less than 100 square feet.
Explore. Dream. Discover…Pastel Seascapes!Ahh, the beauty of seascapes. Anyone who has encountered the ocean understands its significant power—as a force of nature, a producer of calm, a trigger of contemplation and a source of inspiration to artists of all sorts.Happily for those of us who live farther inland, this power to transfix and inspire isn’t limited to salt water.
Take a break from the holiday treats and gift shopping to relax and let your creativity loose with a joyful painting tutorial. Below is an excerpt from Intuitive Painting Workshop by Alena Hennessy so you can learn how to create lush evergreen trees filled with twinkling lights.A Painting Perfect for the Holidays, Step-by-StepWith the year now coming to a close, what a perfect way to celebrate by making a painting just in time for the holidays.
I’ve always been service-oriented. Since I was young, I liked the feeling of doing volunteer work, such as trick-or-treating for UNICEF, instead of going door to door just for the candy. I liked to make things and sell them, especially if it was something that would help others. One summer, when I was about 9, I made handwoven potholders with one of those little square looms.
By Michael Chesley JohnsonThis is an excerpt from Maureen Bloomfield’s full feature “Poetry of Earth” in Magazine (September 2013). Click here to subscribe for 10 issues per year.For my studio painting Moran Point, I used a photo and several plein air sketches for color reference. Sometimes if I separate the issue of value from the issue of color and handle value first, my paintings seem to go more easily in the early stages.
Sophie Babeanu and I designed the no-phone selfie activity for Culture Days last year. Culture Days is a pan-Canadian weekend in October where many studios, galleries, artists and performers offer free activities to the public.We were looking at ways to make it easy for participants who are new to drawing to make a self-portrait.