February 2012 Blog Posts (26)

Painting Waipu Cove (again)

10x8" Oil on canvasboard

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Seems like just about every time someone pops in from overseas to paint with me I end up taking them out to this spot. And why not? It's close, beautiful and has a nice cafe. Returning to the same spot gives you the chance to…


Added by Richard Robinson on February 28, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

This Little Piggy, Oil on board, 6x6

I switched to oils mostly because of the color shift with acrylics.  There are some things I like about acrylics like they dry fast and are easier to transport.Especially large paintings. Also,my experience with acrylics is the acrylic polymer is somewhat milky in color when wet but dries very clear and not yellowing. This means it's like looking at the pigments in clear glass rather than the slightly amber with oils. I like the slow drying of oils for and you can easily make complete…


Added by Darlene Young on February 25, 2012 at 7:14 — 1 Comment

Adding water drops to still life

Added by Joseph Byrd (Joe) on February 24, 2012 at 18:44 — 2 Comments

Adding water drops to still life

This is a still life of a tomato. I guess you have already figured this out. I like this but I'm going to try to add pouring water drops on it. I will photo the work in process. I'm always striving to get better and try new techniques. I hope you enjoy it, and if anyone would like to offer suggestions I will appreciate it.…


Added by Joseph Byrd (Joe) on February 23, 2012 at 5:25 — 6 Comments

10 Things I tell my students

1.There is no substitute for miles on the brush.

You can only learn to paint by painting. Nothing teaches like experience.

You can learn about painting by listening to others, reading books and magazines, and by watching teaching dvds and videos, but it is only in the act of painting that you learn to paint. So paint...and then paint some more.

2.Give yourself permission to succeed.

And while you’re at it,…


Added by Richard Rogers on February 22, 2012 at 10:44 — 7 Comments

Morning Mist

After painting in oils for the past month, nice to get back to my pastels.  I think the lessons here in oils are helping my pastels.  I did an oil wash on sanded paper then applied pastel over the top of that.  What fun!

Added by Eddie Morris on February 21, 2012 at 17:41 — 6 Comments

Large Painting

I am about to undertake a large painting in oil.  It is 4 ft by 2 ft horizontal.  I want to paint Mount Rainier in Washington.  The mountain is off to the right, not taking up the whole painting.  Any suggestions how to go about this?  I have printed out some photos and taped them together so far.

Added by Sharon Casavant on February 16, 2012 at 14:01 — 91 Comments

"Willows and Aspen", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Willows And Aspen", 9 x 12 plein air oil on Raymar panel

SOLD online

This is my most recent plein air painting. (I had major surgery last Thusday and have been quite unable to get into the car much less the studio) I REALLY love the way this…


Added by Sharon Lynn Williams on February 16, 2012 at 13:44 — 2 Comments

Gallery or Web Selling

I have been reading both book and web material about Art Marketing. There seems two be two threads, to become Galleried or to sell on the web. Is it not possible to do both?

Added by Li Tyler on February 13, 2012 at 15:09 — 4 Comments



This is how I teach the 1/3rd composition.  Once it is understood the students will go right to the spot they want without drawing a bunch of lines on their canvas.  They say “A” is the prime spot  with b ,c and “D” are  the lesser…


Added by Jim Moyer on February 13, 2012 at 4:35 — 6 Comments

Center your subject in the painting



Added by Jim Moyer on February 12, 2012 at 3:30 — 5 Comments

New Plein Air Oil and Good News

"Winter's Colours", 8 x 10" plein air oil on board

$495 beautifully framed, free S&H…


Added by Sharon Lynn Williams on February 11, 2012 at 13:55 — 2 Comments

Great surprise in my mail today

I got home from a busy day at the office to find a cheque in the mail for the sale of "Me and My Family". This is exciting news for me as I've only been painting for 2 years and this is the 3rd painting I've sold. It is a great boost of encouragement for me to keep going. Challenging myself with workshops like the pear/grape challenge and continuing to work on the basics and not try to rush the learning is starting to work for me.  I'll now be tackling Workshop 6 challenge tomorrow with…


Added by Julie Wickham on February 10, 2012 at 21:51 — 2 Comments

Painting fruit trees in Acrylic

"Harvest" - 8x10" - Acrylic on Canvasboard

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Still trying to come to grips with these blasted acrylics, but I really enjoyed painting this this afternoon. Where I take the kids to swimming lessons after school they have an orchard so today I took my…


Added by Richard Robinson on February 9, 2012 at 21:30 — 8 Comments


This is an old post I wrote on my blog What Are We Doing?   It refers to artists in the generic sense - ie musicians, dancers, etc. 

Part of being a good artist is being able to be emotionally honest in our work. Of…

Added by Betsy Grant on February 8, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

David's Birthday

Today is my husbands birthday, so today is a little less about art and more about trying to make a great day for him. I've been cleaning the house, shoping for a birthday present/card/flowers and I intend to cook him a great dinner! Tomarrow, it's back to work!

Added by Li Tyler on February 8, 2012 at 10:09 — No Comments

Auctioning a Painting

"Cathedral Cove" 8x10" Oil on Board

Price: $1 Reserve Auction: Learn More >

Hi Guys, continuing from my simple auction efforts the other day I thought I'd try a more high tech approach with my other daily paintings, so I signed up with…


Added by Richard Robinson on February 6, 2012 at 17:30 — 12 Comments

Torrit Gray Challenge

I painted this for Weber's Torrit Gray Challenge.  I felt like I learned alot about values and design in doing this painting.  Looking forward to my next color painting with some new thinking about values an design!



Added by Eddie Morris on February 6, 2012 at 16:36 — 6 Comments


Its really hard to get into painting when you haven't painted for a while. I think sometimes we underestimate the value of community as artists - as many of us are solitary types. Online we can encourage and stimulate each other - iron sharpens iron!

Added by Annie Cullen on February 5, 2012 at 15:49 — No Comments

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