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October 7th, 2017

Tutorial: Establishing Perspective in Dividing the Space Between Objects

In this excellent Craftsy tutorial, Paul Heaston explains the step-by-step process of establishing perspective in drawing a row of identical objects fading into the distance. Paul makes this understandable even to the beginner. A great read:  http://craftsy.me/2hUHWd7

 

April 10th, 2017

Paris Street Scene

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: This is a watercolor sketchbook page I painted last week at a workshop hosted by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. The subject is a bustling street in the St. Martin Canal district in Paris created from a reference photo.

I start with a fairly strong pencil drawing. I rely […]

March 4th, 2017

Thrill of the Race

Artist: Colleen McCafferty, Australia Artist Statement: Sailing played a large part in my life for many years when my three children were young. They all learnt how to sail and every Sunday was spent at the local yacht club racing dinghies. There was always much excitement after the racing and many hours spent recounting the […]

February 18th, 2017

A Cacophony of Color

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States Artist Statement: When I was in Florida a few weeks ago, my friend Judy and I spent a few hours at the Village of the Arts in Bradenton. We had a great lunch and strolled through the neighborhood filled with brightly colored historic cottages. Many of them house galleries, art […]

February 8th, 2017

Lapis Necklace

Artist: Jody Marx, United States Artist Statement: On this day, my two co-workers and I went to my favourite vintage store. All three of us spent quite a bit of money. The owner surprised me by gifting me an Afghani necklace and thanking me for introducing her store to so many of my family and […]

January 15th, 2017

Wolves in Plain Sight

Artist: Vin Ganapathy, United States Artist Statement: I used a red ink induced water brush and to create a background. When it dried, I drew over it with white ink, Japanese Brush pens and gouache to create the image. The piece was my reaction to society’s willingness to accept masks and facades, complacency with what’s […]

January 7th, 2017

Wave

Artist: Mark Fraley, United States Artist Statement: I had a series of recent sketchbook entries that I was not a big fan of. They were overworked, unfocused, not in line with what I set out to do. I decided to make a Hokusai-inspired wave to create a two page spread that would essentially “reverse the […]

December 19th, 2016

Floral Rainbow

Artist: Leonie Cheetham, Australia Facebook: www.facebook.com/leoniecheethamart Instagram: @pinkieinky Artist Statement: I created a floral rainbow as an expression of my love of bright colours and flowers in a fast, loose, free-flowing style, which seems to be my favourite style.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours with no mixing onto a clear water wash of the petal […]

December 14th, 2016

Portrait in Three Values

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States Artist Statement: I’ve been working over the past year or two in an attempt to find authentic ways to apply my approach to [Ed: architectural] watercolor in the painting of the human figure and portrait work.

What I’ve discovered is that if I stick to my basic artistic priorities: […]

November 2nd, 2016

Rorschach Inkblots and Portraiture

Artist: Alicia Harvey, United States Artist Statement: The process used in this piece was developed in August, 2016 as a 30-day art challenge on Instagram. For this art challenge, I wanted to loosen up my portrait work, to develop more imaginary and abstract pieces. One of the techniques developed during this challenge was what I […]

October 10th, 2016

Sophie

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States Artist Statement: When my wife and I met in college, her family had a year-old English Setter pup named Sophie. Sophie was everything a good dog could be – loyal, lovable, protective and smart. She taught herself to ring a bell hung on a doorknob as a Christmas decoration when […]

September 25th, 2016

Zinnias from my Garden

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States Artist Statement: The zinnias in my garden are a mass of color every summer, and I often cut bouquets to bring inside. When I was looking around late one evening for something to draw for a daily sketch challenge that I’ve been participating in during September, I spied this arrangement […]

August 24th, 2016

Lifting Pigment on Zeta Series

Artist: Reham Moniem, Egypt Artist Statement: In this drawing I used a big mop brush to create large washes the lifted them with tissue (tissue blotting) using firm pressure when the wash was still wet. Later in the process, I wanted to lighten the value of colors in certain areas in my drawing, especially in […]

August 22nd, 2016

Drawing the Scene in a Point of View Sketch

Artist: Paul Heaston, United States Artist Statement: I do a lot of POV [point-of view] sketches, which are a great way to get some sketching in even when I can’t leave the house. Since we had a baby daughter last year, being at home has become the norm, so I’m having a lot of fun […]

June 3rd, 2016

Chapel

Artist: Moh’d Bilbeisi, United States Artist Statement: This watercolor was done as a quick sketch on the pages of my S&B journal. Paint was allowed to run and I changed its value to give it a form. The most important part was the pitched roof and the glass façade, again, they were allowed to run […]

May 25th, 2016

Still Life Arrangement of Bottles

Artist: Elaine Hill, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I work mainly from photographs provided copyright free, from various Facebook sites by generous photographers who like to see what artists create from their photos. This painting is from photographer Ann Traverse and it made me smile as soon as I saw it, a cheerful sight during a […]

April 8th, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of […]

March 3rd, 2016

Venasque, Provence

Renowned watercolor artist Iain Stewart discusses experimenting with a bold new technique.

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: I have been experimenting with different tools and techniques for the last year or so, mainly a flat brush, dry brushing, and a palette knife, to explore the possibilities of a combination of my current approach […]

September 26th, 2015

Her Whimsical Self

Artist: Iris Fritschi Cussens, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I always draw & paint faces. Faces tell a story; to me there is no part of the body that is as interesting as the face. There is so much to express, so much to learn and often the faces surprise me, as if they had a […]

July 15th, 2015

Painting with Crayons

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: This summer I have been experimenting, trying to find a way to get painterly effects with drawing tools. Ideally I could be painting with oils or using traditional pastels, but I want to avoid toxicity, dust, and fumes. After some initial frustration, a method that allows for both […]