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Pastel Pointers | Choosing Your Pastel Palette

One of the most frequently asked questions of any pastel painter involves the pastel palette and palette box. While this is far from the truth, a well-appointed palette certainly can make the task of painting what we see, and wish, much easier.The literal definition of an artist’s palette refers to the surface upon which pigments are arranged for the purpose of painting.
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Drawing

Memories Etched in Simple Sketches

Artist Iain Stewart shares his therapeutic process of recording his days in sketchbooks.“I’ll tell you what,” starts my wife Noelle. “You’re on, babe.”Seven minutes later, and just before the last half-ounce of chardonnay makes its final journey, I say “done,” and order myself a beer in triumph. It’s not my best work but, as it turns out, it’s one of my favorite simple sketches.
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Why We Make Art | Lee Hammond

The need to create is one of life’s great mysteries, and art itself is highly misunderstood. Few will ever really know or understand what drives an artist to create what they do. And many wonder why the artist can’t stop, or ever to want to. Artists are often highly misunderstood, for the mystery of how we think is impossible for most people to comprehend.
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Drawing

Silverpoint/Goldpoint

Silverpoint styluses abound in various types, and can often also be used with gold tips for goldpoint.What is silverpoint drawing?Also known as metalpoint, silverpoint is an ancient technique in which silver wire is applied to paper with a stylus in the same manner as a pencil. The gauge of wire used is somewhat determined by an artist’s preference.
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All About Still Life

Still Life PaintingThe still life painting genre is as diverse as its history is long. From the times of the Egyptians when paintings of food and valuables were depicted on tomb walls to the floor mosaics and wall paintings of Pompeii to High Renaissance works of art to contemporary still life painting of today, the genre has always been one that artists turn to again and again.
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