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Check out the animal portraits and country landscapes of Jane Hazell! Read a Q+A with Jane 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 November is "Natural Landscapes"! Create a work of art based on this theme and upload it to the theme thread:

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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!

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"In Your Style" ~Windmill Challenge~ 11/10/14

Started by Pat in Style Challenge. Last reply by Sze Min Ang 9 hours ago. 22 Replies

It's time for a new challenge! This week we have a lovely photo of a windmill.(Image courtesy of Paint My Photo by Alun Davies). We would like you to use the reference/inspiration photo to create a piece "In Your Style".This Challenge is open to all…READ MORE


Started by CONNIE LEAH FANTILANAN in Acrylic Questions & Tips 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone!Can Grumbacher Oil Medium: Grumbacher Final Fixative Gloss which indicated for oil pastels, drawing and sketched be used as fixatives for acrylic paintings? Thanks for all your helpREAD MORE

It is realism -- not a digital print

Started by Dallas Nyberg in General Art Room. Last reply by Sam Chow (Alex Tsoy) 18 hours ago. 16 Replies

Hi all...I had an issue with my Frog painting at a local art show today that has caused me some stress..Firstly, I must state, that I do not enter these shows to win anything, I just like supporting them and having the chance to show what I do.At…READ MORE

Very short notice for anyone in the Illawarra area (NSW, Australia) looking to do a doodle art class

Started by Calsanne Steward in Hanging Out in the Studio yesterday. 0 Replies

Hey there. I'm finally going to be running my first doodle art class on Saturday the 22nd of November. I haven't had much time for marketing the class and so as of today I have one guaranteed person coming, and I've roped in a friend just to make it…READ MORE

"In Your Style" ~ Flamingo Style Challenge ~ 10-27-2014

Started by Jo Flockton in Style Challenge. Last reply by Jo Flockton yesterday. 55 Replies

Photo courtesy of Lynton Bolton from Paint My Photo,…READ MORE


Started by Mike Gullick in Works in Progress. Last reply by Jess yesterday. 14 Replies

My brothers dog Tilly. Approx 5 hrs in, loads to do yet.READ MORE

Tags: Labradoodle, Dog., portrait, Pet

Profile of the Week: Jane Hazell *CURRENT*

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Profiles of the Week. Last reply by Doris Culverhouse yesterday. 16 Replies

Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Jane Hazell from Tippecanoe, OH, USA.Jane creates pastel portraits of…READ MORE


Started by Little Cloud in Oil Painting Questions & Tips yesterday. 0 Replies

I need to know what colors are used to mix for a Patina color you find on brass or copper for my oil painting. I've attached some examples below....thank you..READ MORE

Monthly Theme - November 2014

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Monthly Theme Forum. Last reply by Cathey E. DeRosa yesterday. 67 Replies

Welcome to the monthly theme for November. Artwork and comments welcome from everyone!!!!This month's theme is - Natural Landscapes(suggested by Patrick Witz)The theme is open to all artists whatever your medium.Please post your finished artwork in…READ MORE

Painting bricks? Help!

Started by Little Cloud in Oil Painting Questions & Tips. Last reply by Little Cloud on Wednesday. 3 Replies

I lean more towards the Impressionistic side. I am doing a picture of a rustic door with brick walls around it, they are very worn too. Very. How can I vaguely Paint bricks without too much detail? And, I don't know whether to use knives or brushes.…READ MORE

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