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Tips for Blending with Acrylics

Blending is a term we artists use to describe how two colors are merged together on the canvas surface. There are several different types of blending, both loose and refined. For this blog post I will share tips for refined blending. What is Blending?Refined Blending is described as applying two or more values of color side by side or one on [...]

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6 Top Tips for Painting Stroke Roses

Stroke Roses are a Favorite with Decorative PaintersAcrylic Stroke Roses are by far one of the most dramatic styles of painted rose. If you know how, you can paint them by the dozens and paint them on any surface you can think of. Here are some important considerations before you start, or six tips to [...]

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Painting with Gaby - My Muse

My Muse is in my Backyard!In my neck of the woods, the word ‘Hollow’ is pronounced…Hol - la! This is West Virginia 'talk' for tellin’ folks that we live in one of the hundreds of lush green valleys nestled between the West Virginia Mountains. German by birth, I was raised in an old city in Germany and transplanted to [...]

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Painting Animal Fur - What to Look For

                Painting Animal Fur - Where to begin?When I first started painting wildlife, most especially animal fur, I was at a loss as to where to begin. It was trial and error for me and ended mostly in error! My frustration came from not understanding how fur grew and how it was [...]

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Looking for Creative Inspiration

Time for some Creative Inspiration! A visit to my “creative space” is sure to give birth to some inspiration for me. A room bursting with color is one place I am sure to find creative inspiration! I sit with a coffee and let it soak in for a while! Color is everywhere around me. Everything from bright silk [...]

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Brush Love - Is Magic Possible?

I'm In Love with my Filbert BrushThere are no shortages of brushes in the art industry and everyone thinks a new brush will be the magic trick! Manufacturers jump on this band wagon and keep producing 'the magic brush' and we artists keep buying them. But there are some brushes that can do just about anything [...]

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7 Top Flower Painting Tips

Since I love painting flowers, I thought I'd share a few tips with you. Here are several concepts we need to think about when learning to paint realistic flowers.1. The soft ruffled flower petals of the Iris, Peony, Gladiola and Hibiscus Flower can be a challenge for the artist to paint. Painting the realistic texture and translucency [...]

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Folk Art - Who Is Peter Ompir?

So Who Is Peter Ompir?Many of our Folk Art Painting Patterns are styled after the famous Folk Artist Peter Ompir. To the average painter, the name Peter Ompir may not be a familiar one. Here's a little history about this artist...his art and story has captured the heart of many a collector and artist alike.Born Charles Burns [...]

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Paint Viscosity - Why is It Important?

Regarding paint viscosity and pigments…For me the two subjects are separate considerations. As we know, pigments are either dry or liquid; they are then added to and suspended in a binder = paint. Since we are speaking of acrylics in this discussion, artist’s quality acrylic paints are often classed in three basic categories of viscosity. They are either fluid [...]

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Acrylic Painting - What are Acrylics?

What are Acrylics?If you love painting with bright clear colors, then acrylic painting is for you. When I first started painting I fell in love with using brilliant color. The more the merrier. Coming from the Caribbean, (my birth country) I was conditioned to see the effects of tropical sunshine on bright bold colors! Acrylic paint let me explore a high [...]

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