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The Creative Process

The Creative Process

An Internal Game • Article by Brian Batista

Everybody’s creative process is unique to them. Just getting started can be difficult. Facing a blank white sheet of paper or a freshly prepared canvas can be intimidating. Finishing can be just as bad. Then there are all the ups and downs in between. Sometimes creativity is a battle other times it’s a playful game. When we create, we face ourselves. There are many challenges. Creativity means navigating ebbs and flow along the meandering path that is the “artistic method”.

10 Things To Ask Yourself While Painting

Dominate Painting

Using dominant/recessive qualities of pigments to your advantage.

Painting is about contrasts. Big against small, thick against thin, bright against dull, light against dark or shadow, bold against quiet, colourful against pastel, etc. These dominant and subordinate relationships are what create tension and interest in a work of art.

10 Things That Cause Mud in a Painting.

10 Things That Cause Mud in a Painting.

Your painting may not be as fresh as it could be.

Many factors can cause your painting to look duller than a subway station in December and you may be surprised to know that most of them are not even colour issues. Here is my list of the top reasons why your painting may not be as fresh and dazzling as it could be.

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

Discipline needed for artistic self-realization.

In painting, repetition is the key to getting better results. Like warming up with finger exercises on the piano or practicing scales on the guitar, repetition in painting is the key to getting finer work. Even professional athletes continue to hone their skills between games. In the painting game, repetition is one of the disciplines needed for self-realization…

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Leisure Painter

Paula Henchell • Mixed-Media Painting Step-By-Step

International Artist Magazine - Dec/Jan 2015


Paula Henchell was once again featured in an article about Mixed Media (watercolour and acrylic). Below is a little bit of her process revealed. If you would like to read the full article, purchase the Dec/Jan 2015 Issue from Swinton's or Online...

Congratulations Paula!

"I use 140 lb CP Windsor and Newton watercolour paper which is stretched on to Gator Board. The focal point is always painted in acrylic and really makes it pop - it is actually amazing how much it draws your attention to it.  I start off the painting by pouring the watercolour - then it is in to negative painting and then painting and then continue painting any of the flowers or fruits that I also want in watercolour. Next is preparing the focal point for the acrylic which has to be built up in layers. It is a fun process. You should try it!"

Life Drawing Forms the

Life Drawing Forms the "Bones"

Why every artist should draw from life

Since 1932, Disney studio has offered free life drawing classes for its artists. The idea is that understanding and capturing the anatomy and sense of motion from a live model improves all your other artistic skills.

There’s something special about drawing from life. Maybe it’s the connection between you and the model, which doesn’t happen from a photo. Maybe it’s the way our eyes see things in three dimensions compared with the way photos flatten out the form. Perhaps it’s the fact that you are setting up your own composition in the moment. Whatever the reason, working from life helps you realize the real sense of the form and how to render it.

Art Marketing Blame Game

Art Marketing Blame Game

This article has been edited and published with the author's permission.

Roberta Murray is an oil painter and master photographer. Until recently, Roberta and I were only Facebook acquaintances. I enjoy the wonderful photos and paintings she posts. Recently, she wrote a piece for her blog that resonated deeply with me. It's a subject I have spoken about many times and I think she has summed it up very well and wanted to share it with you.

How To Sign Your Painting

How To Sign Your Painting

Branding Your Artwork

  1. Do not use your regular signature.
  2. Full name? Surname only? Initials?
  3. Your signature is your brand.
  4. Designing your signature.
  5. Tidiness and consistency.
  6. Where to place a signature.
  7. Composition.
  8. Signature as logo.
  9. To date or not to date?
10 Things To Ask Yourself While Painting

10 Things To Ask Yourself While Painting

Self-critique checklist for painters.

This list is something I have used for many years while outdoor painting but I recently started using it in the studio as well.

To start with, try to finish within two hours (three hours maximum), before the light changes too drastically and you get too deeply invested in the piece and lose judgment. For indoors, it’s good to walk away after a couple of hours for a bit and come back with a fresh eye.

Throughout the course of the painting a little self-critique is a valuable exercise. My father always said; “When you dig yourself into a deep hole, take the time to inspect the quality of your work that got you there in the first place”. Worthy advice. Thus, during the course of the session, especially when close to finishing a painting, pause and ask yourself the following questions:

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

5 things you didn’t know about Bob Ross.

"There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend."

Bob Ross? The guy that almost every artist loves to make fun of? Not so fast! There is more than a grain of truth in that folksy voice…

“It’s funny to talk to these people…” said Joan Kowalski, the media director of Bob Ross Inc. “…they think they’re the only ones who turn on the show to take a nap.” Bob knew about this. People would come up to him and say, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but you’ve been putting me to sleep for 10 years.” He loved it.”

I didn’t nap. I watched. And as I watched, I saw a whole painted world materialize in ½ an hour - mountains, clouds, streams, cabin, bushes and paths. I was mesmerized.

Painting Fall Trees

4 Things To Get Right Before Painting

Don't reach for that brush until you have the essentials covered.

Many students think that leaning to paint means mixing up paint and brushing it on in an interesting fashion. There is so much more to learn in order to create an interesting painting. I agree that pushing paint around is the fun part, but it's even more rewarding when you get the following aspects of the painting process done correctly.

Top 10 Art Books (2014) Every Artist Should Own

Top 10 Art Books (2014) Every Artist Should Own

Know Stuff. Paint Better.

Knowledge precedes execution: the more you study prior to painting, the better your actual painting will be. So with the arrival of a new year, I have a renewed vision to reread all the best art books in my collection. Here is my list of the top ten art books every artist should own.

Express yourself and be inspired with the help of these wonderful books, tips, & tutorials. From the beginning artist looking for a comprehensive introduction to the more experienced painter looking for a challenge, everyone can find a valuable lesson designed to help you create a brand new piece or add new depth to your technique. Here’s to your creativity!

Painting Fall Trees

10 things I know about painting fall trees

Painting Tips & Tricks for artists

1 - Cadmium Yellow Deep is the number one secret to painting warm yellows. Every cadmium yellow I have tried has a tendency to the green side. This green tendency makes it really hard to keep your colours warm and thus makes your painting pasty. It also makes it hard to get warm dark yellow for the shadow areas. Cadmium Yellow Deep and Burnt Sienna (an orange) mix will give you a great dark yellow that is warm.

© Michelle Grant

Drawing On Experience

Material Study of Graphite on Paper

I love using pencil. Just me and a stick of graphite. I’m a persistent scribbler but at times I wish I could slow down and capture a bit more. The other day I overheard the artist Michelle Grant talking to a student about using different grades of pencils to achieve different effects and it was very interesting, so I asked her to write down her thoughts. Below is what she came up with. I especially love the idea of a marriage between the type of pencil and the paper you're using…

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