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Product Review: Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Painting Gel

Product Review: Gamblin Solvent-Free Oil Painting Gel

Creamy. Very creamy. I have found my new addiction!

Initially I was reluctant to use this product because it’s hard enough to paint without throwing yourself a curve ball and adding a new product to the lineup.  After reflecting on numerous bad experiences with Res-n-Gel, and admitting to my long-term addiction to Liquin, I surrendered and cracked open a tube.

Verdict: I absolutely love this product! Here is why...

Paula Henchell Artwork

Leisure Painter Magazine: Paula Henchell - Part 2

Paula Henchell - Leisure Painter Magazine - October 2013

This is the final part of a two part article published in Leisure Painter Magazine. 

Paula Henchell, one of our fine instructors, demonstrates in a straightforward fashion how this combination of watercolour and acrylic painting comes to life. Paula's paintings are realistic and her approach to painting is systematic and based on abstract design. The dreamy poured background is a soft stage for the rhythmic design of the detailed flower in the foreground.

Chilly Spring Day - Oil painting by Doug Swinton

Dear Mr. Swinton: Regarding your 10 Tips for Outdoor Painting

"The more vertical the object the darker in value it is."

Dear Mr Swinton

Regarding your 10 Tips for Outdoor Painting...

Could you give me an example in one of your paintings that might explain "The more vertical the object the darker in value it is." I am having trouble envisioning this.

Linda Tanaka
Lethbridge

Paula Henchell Artwork

A Natural Approach to Realism

Paula Henchell - International Artist Magazine

Paula is one of our premier instructors and her artistic feats keep adding up. She is one of the reasons Swinton's has become such a great place in which to learn and create.

If you get a chance to pick up the June/July 2013 issue of International Artist Magazine, you will learn about her process in detail. See the step-by-step stages of working from a reference photograph on a toned canvas, how she builds her layers and uses glazing to get the beautiful subtle colours, all the way to the final painting. She reveals her palette and the kinds of brushes she uses to acheive her soft backgrounds and hard edge details of realism. 

Teens' artwork selected for Calgary Stampede Showcase

Teens' artwork selected for Calgary Stampede Showcase

2013 Grade 12 Western Art Scholarship

Robyn Feluch takes painting classes at Swinton's with Michelle Grant (2012 Outstanding Artist Achievement Award) and is making great strides toward greatness. We are always very proud when our students achieve something great.

Here is a bit of the Western Wheel article:

When a DeWinton teen set to work painting a buffalo resting comfortably in the snow last winter she didn't dream it would be admired by thousands from around the world.

Seventeen-year-old Robyn Feluch's buffalo captivated a panel of five judges with a history in art. The painting, titled "The Story Begins Here" placed second out of 16 entries from 13 communities in the rural category for the Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction's Grade 12 Western Art Scholarship competition.
Come see her beautiful artwork at Swinton's Art Show & Gala. MORE INFO HERE
Doug Swinton Drawing Sketches

Drawing

Begin by sketching

Drawing. That simple art exercise that eludes some artists and yet elates others. I can’t tell you how often I am asked if one needs drawing skills to be able to paint. The fact of the matter is, artists able to paint correctly, with no drawing skills what so ever are few and far between. It takes a vast amount of skill and dexterity to be able to paint what you see and juxtapose colour upon colour, stroke next to stroke, without having any drawing ability whatsoever.

In comparison, the music world has many musicians who cannot read a stitch of sheet music and learn by ear. The incomparable Johnny Cash very deftly did this, writing and performing his songs without the ability to read musical notes. Tablature, a form of reading music without notes, was created out of the fact that many musicians couldn’t read music. Similarly, one doesn’t have to be able to draw to be able to paint, or for that matter, one doesn’t need to be able to draw well in order to paint a painting. But here’s the snag…

10 useful tips for outdoor and studio painting.

10 useful tips for outdoor and studio painting.

Outdoor Painting in Oregon

I just got back from 10 days of painting in Oregon. It has been a long while since I've had so many days in a row to paint. Oh how much one forgets... Upon having a few wobbly pops after a good painting session, I took note of some recurring issues that every artist should consider. These notes were written with oil painting in mind but many of them pertain to other mediums and apply to outdoor painting as well as studio practice.

Plein Air Painter

Outdoor Painting Tips for the Plein Air Painter

9 tips from Doug Swinton

Almost any artist will tell you that there's a certain appeal to working outdoors that can't be found anywhere else. Outdoor painting is challenging to say the least but remember it’s more about the process than the finished product. Below are 9 ways you can make the most of your next session en plain air.

1. Hey good lookin’.
Start with a good, long look. Painting landscapes lets you create work that can take the viewer on a journey into a new environment. To create a truly expressive work of art, it helps to take more than a cursory look around and quickly set up shop. Walk around, sit a spell. Nature will soon reveal itself if you're patient.

Rhonda Malik - Student Feature

Rhonda Malik - Student Feature

Wester Art Collector - May 2013

The Western Art Collector magazine (May 2013) features one of our favourite students. Rhonda Malik takes classes with Michelle Grant (2012 Outstanding Artist Achievement Award) and her paintings have been juried into the Atlanta Equestrian Exhibition and the Calgary Stampede Wester Art Show Gallery.

Her art reflects a love for animals and the outdoors and shows a strong connection that humans share with all creatures and the relationship we have with nature.

Come see her beautiful artwork at Swinton's Art Show & Gala. MORE INFO HERE
Doug Swinton • 10 Things I Know About Painting

10 Things I Know About Painting

By Doug Swinton

Since the day the late Brock Linehan asked me "What do you know for sure?", and I had trouble answering, I've never stopped asking myself that question. Over the long haul some things keep repeating themselves and as I paint in my own studio or attempt to solve problems with my students, I realized that some things are always true. This list keeps growing but here are a few of those "for sure" things I've come to believe.

If there is anything you believe to be true every time, in other words, universal to every good painting, please post it in the comments section.

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