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
Painting on a beach

Packing for Painting

Tips and tricks on traveling with your art supplies.

If you have your own advice, post it in the comments. We'd love to hear from you. 

Traveling with your art gear can be challenging, especially if you don't have experience. The normal tendency is to bring as much as possible but the right way to think about it is the exact oposite. Only bring the essentials. This list might help you eliminate a few things and also suggest a few ideas you may not have considered. 

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.

Southwest Art Magazine - October 2012

Southwest Art Magazine - October 2012

Spotlight on Doug Swinton

"The thing that attracted me to draw Brandi was the simplicity of her image. When I saw her I thought she would make an awesome drawing. There wasn't a lot of shading involved. It was about her eyes, nose and mouth, silhouetted by her shock of blond hair. Her mysterious allure - nothing else. It sounds cliché but the truth of the matter is that simplicity wins out every time. Though I like to challenge myself continually, there comes a time when I just know I can draw something end and enjoy it. BRANDI embodied this."

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