Swinton's Student Art Show & Gala Invitation

Swinton's Art Show & Gala

3rd Annual Student Art Show & Sale, Gala, Art Auction and More...

Dates: June 14-15, 2013

First class evening with art, food and wine.

For two days, the Swinton’s studios will be transformed into a salon style gallery full of paintings and drawings by our students and instructors. This creative feast for the eyes is a public function for celebrating artistic achievements.

On the menu: Art by some of the finest artists, students and upcoming superstars • Wine • Music • Fine Catering • Silent Auction (100% Proceeds going to charity) • People's Choice - Vote for your favorite artwork • And a whole lot more...

2013. Ready to be an an artist?

2013. Ready to be an an artist?

Art is a cake that comes in layers...

After 18 years of helping artists achieve their unique vision, we have come to recognize that art has a different meaning for different people. Art can be a very serious endeavour or a playful game. For some, the goal is to build a practice and sell artwork in a commercial gallery. Others enjoy doodling and bringing ideas to life. The important thing is your artistic journey.

Let's begin... Wherever you find yourself is exactly the right place for you. The next step is the only important step. Take it. "Don't wait until you know who you are to make things." You're ready now. Begin.

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

Preservation Guide for Matting and Framing

Library of Congress - collection care and preservation

We follow all the rules outline in this guide, aimed at explaining principals in preservation framing. The terms "archival" and "preservation" and "conservation" are often used interchangeably in picture framing to refer to framing that gives artwork the highest level of protection possible. This type of framing is recomended for all valuable artwork, whether the value is monetary, historical or sentimental. 

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

By Doug Swinton

1. Focal Point: Choose one! The hardest part about painting is the vast buffet of visual stimuli Mother Nature puts out before you. Whether you are outdoors, painting a still life or using a photo you need to simplify thing so you don’t get over whelmed. If you are getting confused then most certainly the viewer will be confused. If you start by saying “my painting is about the barn and the cows and the tree, oh and for sure the puffy cloud and the fence… too much information!!!! Think is my painting going to be about the foreground, the middle ground or the background/ sky. One of these needs to be dominate and be a dominant shape.

 

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Being self-critical is a waste of time. Try drawing instead.

Sometimes it seems impossible to begin painting. You may have no idea what to paint or where to begin. This may not be true for those that always paint the same subject in the same way, but for those that wish to create something unique, it can be a serious block.

I'm not going to pretend to know all the solutions, which tend to be as varied as art itself, I only want to present one easy way that has consistently worked for me in hopes that it may also work for you. Try it next time you are feeling uninspired and let me know how it turns out...

Love Reds

Introduction: Pigment of Love - RED

Add depth to your palette with this comprehensive guide to the history and variety of different red pigments.

"Red is the colour of fire and blood. A mysterious pigment with positive and negative connotations: bloodshed, aggression, war, and hate are on one side, and love, warmth and compassion on the other side."

"Red unfailingly provides focal points to a painting, particularly when placed alongside a cool color such as green. But red can appear garish if overdone."

What are the best red pigments to include on your palette?

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

New product at Swinon's

For this article we went to the Swinton's Research & Development Team. Deep in our secret underground facility we gave the white lab coat and goggles to Duane Hendricks. His mission: to test the new Canson Touch Sanded Pastel Paper with the Unison Pastels.

All kidding aside. Along with the likes of Horace Champagne and Susan Woolgar (demo), Duane is one of Canada's most accomplished pastelists and he has offered his skill to give us a review of Canson's new addition to the paper world, Mi-Teintes Touch Sanded Texture Board.

Duane Hendricks demonstrates...

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

The Best of Drawing - Exploring Line

"Line is arguably the most fundamental and direct element in art, and also the most expressive ... as personal as handwriting. Strokes of Genius 4 explores the linework of more than 100 contemporary masters. These artists tell the stories of their varied subjects through strong verticals and sweeping diagonals, quick staccatos and loose, sensuous strokes."

We are proud to anounce that our very own Doug Swinton was included in this beautiful publication.  

Begin With Dominance

Begin With Dominance

Painting Lesson by Doug Swinton

Be it monsters under the bed or skeletons in the closet, for any artist there is nothing is quite as frightening and intimidating as staring at a blank sheet of paper or the vastness of an empty canvas. Since the day I read Painting as a Pass Time I have always agreed with Winston Churchill's analogy that painting is just like War. "To fight. To go into battle against multiple forces. And to go into combat one must be prepared."

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