Since the day the late Brock Linehan asked me "What do you know for sure?", and I had trouble answering, I've never stopped asking myself that question. Over the long haul some things keep repeating themselves and as I paint in my own studio or attempt to solve problems with my students, I realized that some things are always true. This list keeps growing but here are a few of those "for sure" things I've come to believe.
If there is anything you believe to be true every time, in other words, universal to every good painting, please post it in the comments section.
After 18 years of helping artists achieve their unique vision, we have come to recognize that art has a different meaning for different people. Art can be a very serious endeavour or a playful game. For some, the goal is to build a practice and sell artwork in a commercial gallery. Others enjoy doodling and bringing ideas to life. The important thing is your artistic journey.
Let's begin... Wherever you find yourself is exactly the right place for you. The next step is the only important step. Take it. "Don't wait until you know who you are to make things." You're ready now. Begin.
For this article we went to the Swinton's Research & Development Team. Deep in our secret underground facility we gave the white lab coat and goggles to Duane Hendricks. His mission: to test the new Canson Touch Sanded Pastel Paper with the Unison Pastels.
All kidding aside. Along with the likes of Horace Champagne and Susan Woolgar (demo), Duane is one of Canada's most accomplished pastelists and he has offered his skill to give us a review of Canson's new addition to the paper world, Mi-Teintes Touch Sanded Texture Board.
this video may or may not give you spine-chilling nightmares.
Video of Doug painting some very very scary pumpkins for Halloween. WARNING! This video is not suitable for those that are easily frightened by the colour orange. This hair-raising painting may or may not give you spine-chilling nightmares. Proceed with caution!!!
4th Annual Student and Instructor Art Show & Sale, Gala and Cookout
Join us on Saturday for the Free Family BBQ Cookout and Art Show
Dates: May 30-31, 2014
First class evening with art, food and wine.
For two days, the Swinton’s studios will be transformed into a salon style gallery full of paintings and drawings by our students and instructors. This creative feast for the eyes is a public function for celebrating artistic achievements.
On the menu: Art by some of the finest artists, students and upcoming superstars • Wine • Music • Fine Catering • People's Choice - Vote for your favorite artwork!