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The Art Colony is a fun, friendly online community for visual artists working in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and handicrafts.

 

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Profile of the Week: Robert Tranchida

Check out the highly-detailed abstract art (as well as landscapes and still lifes) by Robert Tranchida! Read a Q+A with Robert here.

 

Each week we spotlight one of our members as "Profile of the Week", featuring an interview with the artist and a selection of their art. You can visit our current POTW by clicking above or browse past POTWs by clicking here.

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The theme for July is "Puzzle"! Create a work of art based on this theme and upload it to the theme thread: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/monthly-theme-july-2014

See what others created, too!

Every two weeks a photo will be posted to use as a reference/inspiration for an art piece you create, In Your Style! The Challenges are open to all artists, whatever your medium. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art that one photo creates!

NEW River Otter Challenge: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/topics/in-your-style-river-otter-07-21-2014

Check out all of the style challenges here: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/categories/style-challenge/listForCategory

Create and swap art with your fellow Art Colonists in the Swap Art Group! The following swaps are currently open for sign-up:

Time ATC Swap: Create 4 ATCs on the theme of "time" and receive 4 in return! Sign up by adding your name and address to this thread: http://community.art-is-fun.com/group/atcs/forum/topics/new-time-theme-atc-swap

Doll Swap: Create 3 different types of dolls and receive 3 in return! Send your dolls to the swap host Susanne before October 23, and let her know you sent them by adding your name here: http://community.art-is-fun.com/group/atcs/forum/topics/new-summer-project-doll-swap-part-two

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Book: The Beauty of Zentangle

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Giveaways!. Last reply by Kathy Wood yesterday. 101 Replies

The Art Colony is pleased to offer you a chance towin a free copy ofThe Beauty of Zentangle: Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artists Worldwide…READ MORE

Not so WIP - Victorian Children using Pastel Pencils

Started by Colin Bradley in Critique Corner - Request & Receive Feedback Here. Last reply by Kate Wilkey yesterday. 5 Replies

It's not so much a WIP as finished but I wasn't sure where to post it so here's my Victorian Children Portrait based on Emile Vernon Poster's painting "Best of Friends". There was another child and puppy in his original picture. I used Faber-Castell…READ MORE

Tags: tutorials, pencil, pastel

Monthly Theme - July 2014

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Monthly Theme Forum. Last reply by Nelson Failing yesterday. 63 Replies

Welcome to the monthly theme for July. Artwork and comments welcome from everyone!!!!This month's theme is - Puzzle(s)The theme is open to all artists whatever your medium.Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread.These should…READ MORE

"In Your Style" - River Otter - 07/21/2014

Started by Jo Flockton in Style Challenge. Last reply by Nelson Failing yesterday. 51 Replies

This one's for my husband. Otters are one of his favourite animals. The photo, "Otter in the Wild", by Paul Sherman, from Paint My Photo, http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/dsc-2805a All…READ MORE

I cant send a private message to my friend

Started by Beth Scrozzo in Site Help. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle yesterday. 6 Replies

Hi, for the last couple of months I haven't been able to send a private message to Bette-Jane nor can I reply to hers. It doesn't even give me the option to reply. I'm pretty sure I didn't block her though. When I try to send her a new message &…READ MORE

Your favorite brand of colored pencils

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Drawing Questions & Tips. Last reply by Leeton reed on Tuesday. 37 Replies

Hi all! What's your favorite brand of colored pencils?  I've been using Prismacolors since high school and LOVE them, but I was recently given a set of Derwent Studio pencils, so it's been eye-opening to explore another brand.  The Derwent Studios…READ MORE

Tags: favorite, brand, pencils, colored

Profile of the Week: Robert Tranchida

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Profiles of the Week. Last reply by Bette-Jane Schnabel on Monday. 21 Replies

Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Robert Tranchida from Phoenix, AZ, USA.Robert creates highly-detailed…READ MORE

"In Your Style" - Nitobe Memorial Garden - 06-23-2014

Started by Jo Flockton in Style Challenge. Last reply by Jo Flockton on Monday. 45 Replies

This is a picture I took last week at the Nitobe Memorial…READ MORE

Hello from Bath

Started by Kate Wilkey in Hanging Out in the Studio. Last reply by Kate Wilkey on Sunday. 2 Replies

Hello allI'm Kate, from Bath, Somerset. I've just been accepted to the colony (thank you Pat!). I mainly draw animals in pastel pencil and Unison soft pastels, including commissioned work of dogs and cats.I'm looking forward to 'meeting' everyone,…READ MORE

Question here

Started by Joan Elizabeth White in General Art Room. Last reply by Cecile Steenbergen on Sunday. 1 Reply

  I am wondering if their is a place that can rent me a tent for a art showdisplay panels, I have been pricing this and way to high. I am so in need ofdisplay things, like display easels festival table and festival tent but it is all just to…READ MORE

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