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Leisure Painter Magazine: Paula Henchell - Part 1

Paula Henchell - Leisure Painter Magazine - September 2013

Paula Henchell Artwork

This is the first part of a two part article published in Leisure Painter Magazine. The second part comes out October 2013.

Paula Henchell, one of our fine instructors, demonstrates in a straightforward fashion how this combination of watercolour and acrylic painting comes to life. Paula's paintings are realistic and her approach to painting is systematic and based on abstract design. The dreamy poured background is a soft stage for the rhythmic design of the detailed flower in the foreground.

Outdoor Painting Tips for the Plein Air Painter

9 tips from Doug Swinton

Plein Air Painter

Almost any artist will tell you that there's a certain appeal to working outdoors that can't be found anywhere else. Outdoor painting is challenging to say the least but remember it’s more about the process than the finished product. Below are 9 ways you can make the most of your next session en plain air.

1. Hey good lookin’.
Start with a good, long look. Painting landscapes lets you create work that can take the viewer on a journey into a new environment. To create a truly expressive work of art, it helps to take more than a cursory look around and quickly set up shop. Walk around, sit a spell. Nature will soon reveal itself if you're patient.

10 Things I Know About Painting

By Doug Swinton

Doug Swinton • 10 Things I Know About Painting

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.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Being self-critical is a waste of time. Try drawing instead.

Spark Your Creativity by Doodling.

Sometimes it seems impossible to begin painting. You may have no idea what to paint or where to begin. This may not be true for those that always paint the same subject in the same way, but for those that wish to create something unique, it can be a serious block.

I'm not going to pretend to know all the solutions, which tend to be as varied as art itself, I only want to present one easy way that has consistently worked for me in hopes that it may also work for you. Try it next time you are feeling uninspired and let me know how it turns out...

Introduction: Pigment of Love - RED

Add depth to your palette with this comprehensive guide to the history and variety of different red pigments.

Love Reds

"Red is the colour of fire and blood. A mysterious pigment with positive and negative connotations: bloodshed, aggression, war, and hate are on one side, and love, warmth and compassion on the other side."

"Red unfailingly provides focal points to a painting, particularly when placed alongside a cool color such as green. But red can appear garish if overdone."

What are the best red pigments to include on your palette?

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

New product at Swinon's

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

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.

Duane Hendricks demonstrates...

Begin With Dominance

Painting Lesson by Doug Swinton

Begin With Dominance

Be it monsters under the bed or skeletons in the closet, for any artist there is nothing is quite as frightening and intimidating as staring at a blank sheet of paper or the vastness of an empty canvas. Since the day I read Painting as a Pass Time I have always agreed with Winston Churchill's analogy that painting is just like War. "To fight. To go into battle against multiple forces. And to go into combat one must be prepared."

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

By Doug Swinton

10 Painting Tips - Painting Secrets #39

1. Focal Point: Choose one! The hardest part about painting is the vast buffet of visual stimuli Mother Nature puts out before you. Whether you are outdoors, painting a still life or using a photo you need to simplify thing so you don’t get over whelmed. If you are getting confused then most certainly the viewer will be confused. If you start by saying “my painting is about the barn and the cows and the tree, oh and for sure the puffy cloud and the fence… too much information!!!! Think is my painting going to be about the foreground, the middle ground or the background/ sky. One of these needs to be dominate and be a dominant shape.

 

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.

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