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Posts Tagged "artist"

Pastels for beginners – join my Attic Studios class!

Pastels for beginners – join my Attic Studios class!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to use the same medium that Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Edouard Manet and one of my favourites, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec used? Pastels are easy to use, available in wide ranges of colours and one of the most direct ways of applying pigment to a paper or canvas. Hosted by Attic Studios,…

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The October 2017 Pastel Challenge!

The October 2017 Pastel Challenge!

It’s October and I am back to doing the annual pastel challenge! It means that, along with a group of other pastel artists and enthousiasts┬áled by Gail Sibley, we challenge ourselves to paint with pastels every day of the month. Paint every day; easy, right? Well, not as easy as it sounds! Doing something every day builds routine, but finding…

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Hello stranger, remember this place?

Hello stranger, remember this place?

It’s been so long since my last post, I am almost shy to start again. I feel like a stranger, lurking around on my own site! A few things happened since I was here last (that was last July, in case you were wondering). So this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d…

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Art Basics – Lesson 1. The Colour Wheel

Art Basics – Lesson 1. The Colour Wheel

So you want to be an artist, eh? ­čśë Because we don’t live in a black-and-white world, let’s start with getting an understanding of how colours work together and how a tool most artists still use all the time, the colour wheel, came into existence. In 1666 Sir Isaac Newton was the first to develop the colour wheel. He saw…

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Born or bred to be an artist?

Born or bred to be an artist?

Recently I read a BBC article about how artists’ brains are actually structurally┬ádifferent, compared with non-artists’ brains.┬áParticipants’ brain scans (full research report here) revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. But the authors reported that training and environmental upbringing also play crucial roles in their ability. As in many areas…

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