How to tell when a painting is finished.

Paintings don’t really end, they just arrive at interresting places to stop.

How to tell when a painting is finished.

Something happened the other day while I was painting.  It has happened before.  It’s happened many times before, but this time I decided I would write down all the things that led up to the event and how I can prevent it from happening again.  I was working on a painting that was coming along to what I thought was a fairly nice piece of work.  I was almost finished when all of a sudden it blew up before my eyes.  I had ruined it.

Wood Profiles

A lesson on mouldings

Wood Profiles

The mouldings pictured are the basic profiles of the framing industry. Profiles maybe wider, taller, have a deeper rabbet. They may be decorated with various finishes and embellishments. The quality of wood used in the finishing methods may vary with each manufacturer.

There are trends in the framing industry just as in decorating and clothing. The companies that design mouldings take into consideration the colours, furniture, and types of art that are popular and make mouldings to suit. Mouldings may be discontinued when they go out of style, although many "classics" remained available for many years.

Four Pencil Stubs

Derwent Pastel Pencils Worked to Death

Derwent Pastel Pencils and a drawing

A man accompanied by his wife visited Swinton's one day. Being around 80 years of age, this was a special outing. They went out only when it was absolutely necessary.

"I work them to a stub" he said, displaying in his hand four tiny remains of what used to be pencils.

Drawing is a sacred act, an ancient activity, a language onto itself. There is hardly a human being that hasn't done it. If you doodle, you draw. Some however, take this simple act to another level...

Painting Secret #43 • The Power of Green

Simplify your palette by mixing your greens.

Overgrown

A lot of artists have trouble with green because there are so many shades to mix and so many types to buy. What I've come to understand about green is that less is more. Simplify.

Removing most of the greens off of my palette made a positive difference to my paintings. If you want harmonious greens you have to mix them. I now carry only one green, Viridian, a green with subtle blue undertones that also makes nice turquoise colours.

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I took a Copic from Swinton's

and I keep forgetting to take it back

I took a Copic from Swinton's

It was an accident, but I keep forgetting to take it back. It's almost like I did it on purpose. Recently, I even found myself using it. I think I'll take it back, maybe, one day, soon... But first - let me try it out on this Yupo Paper. ohhhh Nice! Smoooth.

Christmas Wish List for Artists

Naughty & Nice!

Christmas Wish List for Artists

We created this list because sometimes artists speak gibberish but that doesn't mean they don't deserve what they wish for! This Christmas give them exactly what they want.

Just have your special artist fill out this Wish List and bring it to us. We will do the rest.

Need more ideas? Here is our Gift Ideas page. Happy Holidays!

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