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NEW Art Event!!!

Oh my gosh…two days until we launch our new art event “What’s Next Wednesday!” Follow our blog and then stay tuned for more information, more inspiration and get ready to create around the masters!!!Screenshot_2016-07-04-10-00-52-1

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Regarding a Case of Stolen Art

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I recently discovered a true literary treasure while waiting for my order to be filled at a local print shop.  Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon is a great little book about artistic development and the right to “steal art.”  Now don’t go getting excited about walking out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa!  The book talks about copying inspiring works and, through that process, understanding the perspective of the artists that you are emulating (the latter being the most important piece of the process).  As a result of that, and that again, and that again, a personal perspective can flourish.  There are also many other thoughtful gems in this book … but I will leave that for your to discover.  Check it out (and visit www.austinkleon.com for even more fun stuff).

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F Is For Flamingo

What a lovely shape and colors!

Doodlewash

Flamingo Doodlewash

The hands down most suggested bird was a Flamingo for today’s doodlewash and entry into Draw A Bird Day (hosted this month by Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness on behalf of Laura at Create Art Everyday). I decided to try this one fast and loose and limit the palette to just three main colors. I also had precious little time to paint today, so this was really my only option.

Flamingos have rather tiny eyes, so getting an expression was a bit tough. I prefer things with larger eyes, but it was fun to play with brighter colors. Had I more time, this one would be standing in water, but I purposely cropped that bit and just focused on the bird instead. Flamingo comes from the Spanish word flamenco, “with the colour of flame”, or colloquially just meaning “cocky” which I guess you can be when you are…

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Shiny New Toys

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Tubes of Winsor and Newton watercolor pigments

Swimming in Color

watercolor jellyfish painting
watercolor jellyfish painting

Another jelly fish done.  I played around with color this time and love the contrast between the purple and green. Now I am wondering what other sealife might be fun to explore…