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I'm In It

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Creativity

Today's quote thanks to ArtProMotivate.


A Celebration of Spheres

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Art Links

Watch this oil painting develop in just over 1 minute.

Matter with Memory

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Art Links

Here is a video to stretch you mind. Always a good creative thing to do.

"Fellows in the Field: Skylar Tibbits - from TED talks" 

  • Dorothy Macfarlane    |  Jan 22, 2015

    Love the texture in the vase and elsewhere. Thick paint!

Painting - Joy and Challenge

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in Creativity

TeacupLots of painting happening over here. Currently into a still life. Mostly loving every minute - but who knew that you could feel angst toward a red pepper?

More About Gestures

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in Creativity

Gesture drawing as a warm up exercise can get boring. Here are a few tips to help keep it interesting:

1. Get lots of sports photos to work from. 100 or more recommended. You certainly won't benefit from doing the same 10 over and over.

2. Ask a family member to pose for you. Have a list of poses for them such as "shoot a basketball", "swing a golf club", etc. They only have to hold the pose for about 10 seconds. (Gestures are fast.)

3. Use a sports movie or show and freeze the action to sketch from.

4. The ultimate gesture challange is to work from a sports movie and only freeze the action in your mind. You can do this as a sport spectator too.

The main thing is to make it fun so that you will keep practicing. Draw on!

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