Any creative person has a time when the ideas seem to run dry, and art inspiration becomes sorely lacking. It’s a common dilemma that links all of the creative fields together, and plagues every artist. Whether it’s a songwriter/ musician whose tunes won’t seem to come, or an author such as myself where I suddenly have no words; a dry spell is a miserable inevitability.
The Value in Still Life ArtworkValue is an essential tool on the hands of artists. It creates interest, mood, contrast and helps artists express what they want to say about their subject. Value provides an underlying structure to art — especially for those who paint still life artwork.Here is a look at 15 of the best contemporary still life artwork, featured in AcrylicWorks 5 — which is all about bold value.
Make Pastels Pop on a Dark SurfaceJames Kasperek’s expressive light-filled pastels are informed by his graphic design skills — and a dark surface. His work spans a range of subjects, from landscapes to still lifes, figures to florals. But, he says, “I focus not so much on subject matter, but more on design, light and color.
How a Watercolor Artist Paints Every Moment of the DayPlein air artists are the first to tell you that you can go back to the same paint site over and over again during different times of day and it is like being in a whole new place every time. It can crystallize colors so it almost feels like you are looking through a kaleidoscope.
At one art club, printmaking brings veterans and beginners together for a lively evening of art making.Printmaking often serves to bring artists together. Because most artists don’t have a printing press in their home or studio, they likely produce their work using a shared press at a printmaking studio, art school or other organization.
We have been enjoying the book, The Artists Eyes: Vision and the History of Art, by ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James G. One of our favorites among the many fascinating subjects they cover, is the eerie phenomenon or illusion in some portraits that the subjects eyes follow you no matter where you stand in the room.