Drawing With Charcoal, the Oldest Medium in the World

When you hold a piece of charcoal between your fingers you are doing exactly the same as the mysterious people, or even person, who created the works of art in Chauvet’s cave, southern France. The cave paintings depict all kinds of animals hunted at the time in a fabulous three dimensional detail which would subsequently vanish from art until the renaissance as much as twenty thousand years later! In this article I will not discuss the mystery of Chauvet’s cave, it’s purpose is to give beginners a guide to charcoal as an artist’s medium.

Ballerina Ballet Dancers by Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was a French impressionist and realist painter who starred within the late 19th and early 20th century and one topic that he was well known for were ballerina ballet dancers whom he was passionate about including in his highly recognisable and charming style. This article looks into the best of this genre of paintings and places them into context within the artist’s overall career.

Fairies and Fantasy in Art – Escapism

Mythical, mystical and fanciful, fairies have always been a fascinating part of the arts. Since the days of early Victorian art in Britain, fairy painters have had great success in captivating the world. Why? Because fairy fantasy art can be compared to a soap opera, which offers temporary release from a desolate existence by way of the imagination.

Skull by Van Gogh

Skull with Burning Cigarette is a popular painting by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh and has recently become a frequent choice as poster for students who are attracted by it’s seemingly revolutionary appeal where a skull is accompanied by a burning cigarette. This article discusses the Skull painting and also comments upon it’s style and where it fits into the overall career of famous Netherlands post-impressionist painter Van Gogh.

What Is Pop Art? Original Artists And Their Contributions

A brief history of the Pop Art movement that began in the 1960’s. This article focuses on three influential artists to the movement and their works.

What Is Acrylic Paint and How Can It Best Suit My Artistic Style?

Oil paints and watercolours have been used as an art medium for centuries now, while acrylic paint being invented in the 20th century is a fairly new medium. It only became available on a commercial basis in the 1950’s after a gentleman named Otto Rohm; a Doctor in fact, invented acrylic resin.

What to Consider When Buying Fabric Paint

Fabric or textile paint is becoming more widely used as more people become interested in customisation and personalisation of items. These kinds of paints are also becoming more popular given our current economic times; people are seeking other ways to turn something old into something fresh and new.

Mervyn Peake Centenary

The 2011 centenary of Mervyn Peake’s birth has sparked a well deserved resurgence of interest in the life and works of this highly talented artist, writer and illustrator. Although best known for the Gormenghast trilogy, Peake’s varied talent as a painter, writer of children’s books, nonsense verse, and work as a war artist, poet, and illustrator are finally being recognised.

The Paint Is Cracking on My Painting!

What causes the paint to crack on oil paintings and should you worry about it. Do the cracks change the value.

Painting Light

I teach students how to paint and draw light. I am also a lighting specialist. My fascination with light encompasses, not only the commercial, retailing aspect, but the artistic as well. Once drawing and painting skills are developed to the point where students can accurately put down what they see, creating light and shadow is studied and faithfully delineated subject matter emerges in a world of space and volume.

Oil Painting for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide

Oil painting, like any other fine art, provides much pleasure and is spiritually elevating. Although it is made out to be complicated and suited to only the “artistic”, any person who wishes to pick up this as a hobby or full time occupation, can do so with a little patience and practice. Oil painting, as opposed to water colour, is an expensive hobby, and hence the materials need to be used with caution. Carelessness or lack of interest midway in your project may prove a costly mistake. One can access books or the internet in case there is no direct teacher available. My article will help all those first timers who are toying with the idea of starting a canvas, but are doubtful about how to go about it.

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