Facebook certainly has changed the way we view the world. Every day I seem to learn something new and get inspired by the photos and quotes that cross my news feed. I’ve personally designed my feed to include only positive things, each pertaining to positive thinking, writing, animals, and of course, art!
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Yes, many great artists urge their peers to break the rules. And, yes, letting loose and being in the moment set a solid foundation for a successful painting session.However, as one of the arguably greatest artists of all time, Pablo Picasso, used to say:So before you start breaking any rules, we are here to break down 10 key painting principles.
One of the biggest fears expressed by Bible journaling art makers: “What if I mess up my Bible!?”First – know that this is a pretty normal fear for ALL art. A big white piece of high quality paper can also drop an artist to their knees and freeze creativity in its tracks! The reverence for the Bible adds a spiritual element to the panic, but….
Stare in Wonder at More Than Two Dozen Inspiring Acrylic PaintingsIf you want to talk about a modern-day art medium success story, look no farther than the nearest brush loaded with acrylic paint. It was the medium chosen by famous 20th-century artists like Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko. It has put thousands (and counting!
7 Ways to Energize Your Creative SideArtist Nancy Reyner, author of Create Perfect Paintings, believes that painting with the creative side of the brain means keeping yourself engaged. Once boredom sets in, your focus and intent take a hike. You are left with ho-hum artistic results. Adding variety to your process is the cure for boredom for so many of the things we face in life — and in art.
Thoughtful, Fun and Unique Presents for You and Any Artists You KnowIt is always nice to receive gifts. But it’s even better when you unwrap something it turns out you really want. For artists and creatives, there are tons of gift ideas to explore and here we give you our wish list from an artist’s perspective, from fun gifts with art history themes to unique tools to help you make cool stuff to hand massagers to rejuvenate you.
We’ve all learned from others throughout our lives. Starting with our parents and our family, then to our peers, and then to the people who teach us in school. All of our learning is an accumulation of the people who have influenced us along the way. I’m often asked who has influenced me the most along my artistic journey.
Best Ways to Paint in Your StudioEnergy Field Water by Nancy Reyner, acrylic on canvasSomeone once asked me if I go to my studio every day, or do I wait until I feel creative. I discovered that I paint using three different cycles: beginning, continuing and completion.Perhaps this may seem too simple.
If your bucket list includes a once in a lifetime time trip to the City of Light to make art en plein air, join artist Desmond O’Hagan as he takes you to Paris to soak in the city’s je ne sais quoi. And if painting an urban environment is your thing, the French capital is a sure bet for artistic inspiration.
Creative New Year’s Resolutions for ArtistsWow, was this past year as tough for you as it was for me? I felt unbalanced and a little bit like I was living in a tornado (cue the flying obstacles to dodge just like Dorothy did!). When those hectic times occurred, I would have to really boil down my priorities to the essentials.
This is a time when we all declare to make some changes with New Year’s Resolutions. The turning of the calendar page to whole new year signifies a beginning and a clean slate to play with. Usually, it contains goals for creating more art!I’m a firm believer of resolutions and goals. There’s something very creative about them, with the possibility of recreating yourself in the process.
Philosopher and pastel portrait artist Claudia Biçen uses her art to explore the power of living a meaningful life. Recently featured in Pastel Journal, learn what’s behind Biçen’s compelling portraiture as she strives to capture the essence of a person with every mark she makes .Finding the PathFor as long as she can remember, Claudia Biçen has been fixated on answering the question, “How should I live my life?
The number of entries for the 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition totaled more than 2,500. That’s a lot of paintings — and a lot of great pastel talent!Pastel Journal magazine is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Annual Pastel 100 Competition.We’ll have reproductions of all the prize-winning paintings, and artist interviews and juror comments, in the April 2018 issue of Pastel Journal.
Learn what the latest in technology can do for artists who love traditional mediaIf you have a smart phone, android or tablet, get ready to geek out with a myriad of art apps (some free and some for purchase) made especially for artists and designers. Check these out!Color IdentifiersColor identity apps let you determine an item’s real-life color by pointing your device at it.
The All Media Art Competition is one of our absolute favorite art contests. From digital art to watercolor, there are so many incredible works of art to enjoy.Here are 10 past All Media winners to inspire you to keep thinking outside the box! After perusing through these gorgeous works of our all media winners, be sure to check out all our open art competitions and submit your work!
Winter Landscapes Full of WonderSometimes, I feel like a walking contradiction living in Ohio with its often harsh winters. I am not “built” for cold weather, and the thought of going outside to be one with nature when the air is frigid makes me slightly panicked. But, nonetheless, I love the season.
Whether it’s a creative rut or full-blown block, one of the biggest challenges for artists can be sustaining motivation and keeping the creative engine humming. Here, five artists share practical tips to jump-start ideas and kindle inspiration.As artists we all know what it’s like to struggle with kickstarting a new body of work, or feel stuck in a frustrating period of creative block.
We celebrate the student winners of our 2018 Annual Art CompetitionFor the past 35 years, we’ve recognized the dedication and accomplishments of our Annual Art Competition winners. Join us in celebrating the student winners of this year’s competition, whose boundary-pushing work has us excited for the future of artmaking.
Get creative in the quest for studio spaceThis month the Network team is focusing on ways to organize your art life from creating the ideal artist studio setup, and streamlining your art-making processes, to getting the business side of your art in order.We all know finding the perfect artist studio is the holy grail and its something many artists struggle to achieve.
20 Pastel Works by 20 Top ArtistsEach year, for two decades, the Pastel 100 Annual Competition has been honoring 100 exceptional pastel works by top artists and emerging talents. When the winners of the 20th Annual Pastel 100 Competition are celebrated in the April 2019 issue of Pastel Journal, the magazine will have showcased a total of 2,000 pastel paintings!
Older = BetterCheers to the 10 winners of our 2014 Over 60 Art Competition! Ranging in age from 64 to 83, they share their works and stories. And be sure to check out the vast assortment of art competitions we offer throughout the year here.Linda Sheppard76 • Beaufort, South CarolinaIn the late ‘70s our family lived in California.