Well, beware the Ides of March. Spring is almost upon us. I've been painting steadily since the first of the year and have gotten pretty good feedback on my efforts.
I've watched what seems like a million painting tutorials, and for the most part, they have been pretty helpful. and best of all, nobody has told me to quit painting. So. I consider that a definite plus.
That's actually not a really telling statement, because everyone on The Art Colony is always so supportive and…READ MORE
Added by Ronnie Egerton on March 14, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
I just found out that my publishing house, my home away from home if you will, is closing down in a few months making my biggest seller, EMPTY GRAVES unavailable. A lot of my friends are worried about me, and I do admit, it's like having a stake in the heart. Part of my soul died. As strange as this may sound, I'm okay with that. I am looking at this as an opportunity to explore art as a secondary income. I've heard other writers say they paint a picture with words. Well, I am going to tell…READ MORE
Added by Thom Futrell on March 1, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments
My winter woes have turned into winter whoas! I started the year off with a bang, declaring that I wanted to try my hand at art. Well, I have. I painted about 17 or 18 pictures in as many days.And I must say , it has been fun and certainly educational. Most of my little pictures have been well received by kith and kin, though I know most are somewhat prejudiced by the fact that they love me and don't want to hurt my feelings. And many of my peers on The Art Colony site have been most…READ MORE
Social media has been a blessing to me! I was recently accepted as a "friend" to one of my art role models Lee Hammond. She agreed to look at one of my portraits that I created while studying one of her books. She told me that she couldn't critique it because it wouldn't be fair to her students, which I understand. She looked at it and really did give me her opinion: She said I was doing a great job and told me she wished I would take her classes. She said I would advance very quickly! That…READ MORE
When I was a child, the best thing that we ever got as presents were colouring books. We always got new crayons and books at Christmas time, and we would spend hours colouring away. There was a point at which the figure would be coloured and you tried to keep colouring inside the lines so that it would be perfect. But, for me, there was always that leftover "negative" space, outside the lines, that lay there, flat and thirsty for colour, so I always coloured that in as well. I went through…READ MORE
How or where do I go to thank an Artist for their comments?
Added by Jack Bond on February 13, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments
I have "painted " about fifteen pictures since I started about a month ago. I've mostly been dabbling in pastels and watercolors so far, just trying to find my niche.
I always feel odd saying "painted". about the pastels I've done, because they're chalk. not paint.But I guess that's the novice in me, showing.
My brother and his wife came to visit from Padre Island last weekend. He is quite an accomplished artist and has placed highly in many art competitions, and I value his…READ MORE
If any one is doing cold wax painting Please let me know.
I can give u recipes for making the cold wax from your encaustic medium.
Added by Novella Creasman on February 10, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments
This is Caroline Simoneaux and I. We were asked to show our art at a banquet in a town about 18 miles west of here. About 200 people attended. The committee only picked 6 of us out of about 20 artist. We really enjoyed it but no one bought anything not even a small item. The up side is this…READ MORE
I have been at this trying to learn about different kinds of art for about a month.I sketched a little when I was a girl, a million years ago, but never seriously., and never with anything more than a piece of typing paper and a Number 2 pencil.
So here I am at almost 74 trying to teach myself by watching online videos and a using a few meager art supplies I got for Christmas. I'm propped up on my kitchen table trying to make an effort.
The response of my friends and family…READ MORE
For many years, I have contemplated buying a property in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. Land of wineries and a very healthy Art Trail, PEC still boasts property prices that are wayyyyyy below Toronto’s stratosphere real estate. Prices are edging up, though, as more and more Toronto people buy vacation homes and retirement properties there. I want to retire there eventually and become part of that lovely Art Trail. So……………yesterday I bit the bullet and put in an offer on a 2.66 acre…READ MORE
I am so happy to be able to say that I finally finished my Victorian House Tutorial for you! Feel free to send me feedback. I'm always open to suggestions and questions. You can find the tutorial in the How-Totorial group. If you are not a member you will need to join. Once you are a member look for…READ MORE
Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to live out our dream of exploring the world.
We gave most of our stuff to Goodwill, put the rest in storage, and embarked on a nomadic journey that has so far taken us to San Francisco, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. After that, who knows?! We've pared down all of our day-to-day material belongings to fit into 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons, and we're loving it! Thanks to the Internet, we can still conduct business as usual (and I…READ MORE
My mother turned 90 just recently. After much thought on what to get her the obvious struck me - paint a painting for her. And so too was the subject matter = the things she loves most - us kids. Weell we are not kids so much as very mature adults now :) My sister and me that is.
Anyway, it was a struggle to make that painting and frankly I am not sure it is right even now.
You may be…READ MORE
Added by Alan Brain on January 27, 2014 at 4:43am — No Comments
WOW! I didn't realize all the work that goes into doing a tutorial especially when you want to make it easy to follow. What really drove me crazy were the illustrations and trying to draw them up in sequence to the written directions. Still this is a lot of fun for me. I love to teach and being the perfectionist that I am, you can imagine how many times I did and redid those images until I was satisfied. Does a large basketful of rejected images give you a hint?
One of the biggest…READ MORE
I wish to thank the wonderful people who have viewed my work.a most welcome felling for a "newbie", to The Art Colony,David
I've just been a member of this site for a very short time and already have found such a wealth and diversity of styles. Everything from the wildest abstracts to the very detailed realistic works have met my eyes while browsing. I'm feeling so comfortable with the welcoming nature of this site. All efforts are accepted and those who understand them are very open to commenting. It's just wonderful.
I look forward to posting many of my pieces, knowing that the criticisms will not…READ MORE
Added by Barbara Baetz on January 16, 2014 at 6:21pm — No Comments
A customer has asked me to create a Carved Snakewalking cane and mount a 3" glass ball to the top of the stick. Looks like I will need to drill the glass ball with a special drill bit, made to drill glass.
Added by Randy Spencer on January 15, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments
Soooo I haven't painted in an eon or two. Other than using my paintbrushes for cake designs and other crafty doodlings, nothing serious has been happening.
Hubby surprised me with an easel, paints, brushes, canvases etc for my Birthday/Christmas. I got the hint...
Currently just trying to get back into the rythm of things. Have done two quick pics. One acrylic and one watercolour. Was looking for inspiration everywhere and all over and ... found some in the hoards of…READ MORE