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Artists Who Inspire: Meet Rita DiCaprio

It’s a real pleasure for me to introduce you to Rita DiCaprio of New York North Fine Art.  Rita was one of the very first artists that I met online when I began painting four years ago.  She also paints … Continue reading

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15 Paintings – Flowers Challenge: The Bouquet, #1

Oh yes I went and did it again – another artist challenged me to 15 paintings and of all things, flowers!  Yikes this is not my favorite subject to paint, very hard with sticky oil pastels – but the only … Continue reading

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Artists Who Inspire – Introducing Gloria Ester

Happy New Year – it’s great to be back creating and blogging again.  I hope this finds each of you well, I can’t wait to check out your latest posts and see what’s new. I thought it would be fun … Continue reading

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Oil Pastel – Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist, by Kenneth Leslie – book review

There are hundreds, probably thousands, of books on art instruction – not a lack of resources that’s for sure.  For oil pastels there are four books that I know of – one I’ve reviewed written by John Elliot, two I wouldn’t recommend, and … Continue reading

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Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing, by Margaret Livingstone – a book review

I didn’t know what I was getting myself in for when I decided to read this book, it was one tough read – felt like I was trying to sprint through mud.  Don’t get me wrong – it was a good read, packed with relevant … Continue reading

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Old Shutters, oil pastel

This week’s word challenge contained the word, rust.  I love painting rust, the color combinations are like magic. For the challenge I did a 5×7 oil pastel study of old shutters found on a building in Greece.  Just image how … Continue reading

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Painting Surfaces Used For Oil Pastels

Oil Pastelists use a variety of surfaces to paint on.  To move oil pastels (OPs) around (without melting) and build layers of the paint it’s essential to have texture (tooth) and my preference is a tightly spaced texture.  I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Sunset Bursting Rays

To me, there is nothing like letting a brilliant sunset warm the senses as it bursts with its gorgeous colors only nature can create.  I love the explosion of colors that the sun illuminates the sky with as it sets … Continue reading

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Landscape Painting, by Mitchell Albala – book review

Full title of book:  Landscape Painting, Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, by Mitchell Albala. If you’re in the need for instructions on how to paint landscapes then this book may be for you.  Why I … Continue reading

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Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels, a book review

For a long time I struggled with creating believable shadows and light using oil pastels (OPs), few credible resources exist for Op artists.  I wanted a source  with easy to understand explanations and demonstrations for painting sunlight and shadows.  I … Continue reading

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