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3 Things a Painting Cant Live Without

Common Characteristics of Good PaintingsGood painters don’t merely recreate what is in front of them. An experienced artist knows how to create a successful painting, no matter what situation or model he or she is presented with or the materials being worked with.Of course, this often comes after years of practice and experimentation — as well as the development of a unique artistic voice.
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Drawing

Gouache

Sacred Stones by Carla OConnor 2006, gouache, 30 x 22.Gouche meaningGouache is an opaque water-based medium that drives to a matte finish and can be rewetted.Painting with gouacheGouache pairs well with watercolor, since they’re both water-based and use gum Arabic as a binder. It it good for providing saturation where watercolors tend to be too washed out, but be cautious, as it can muddy watercolors.
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Art History

Drawing Lessons from Edward Hopper

I don’t think I’d be exaggerating by calling Edward Hopper one of America’s national treasures. His work captured a time and place like no one else, and his distinctive style makes his work instantly recognizable.But his drawings are an undiscovered secret, as I found out when I began looking at many of Hopper’s works on paper.
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Creativity Inspiration

Color Story | Going GreenForest Green

This deep, rich green is fit for subjects both earthy and regal.In a sense, the name “forest green” is a misnomer, because as artists well know, leaves and mosses are never a single color, much less a single value. Nevertheless, forest green does evoke the overall impression of foliage—the sort of thick canopy that can block midday sun during a summer hike through the woods.
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Creativity Inspiration

Learning How to Let Inspiration Come to Me

Inspiration Advice from Mary WhyteI went through a phase when I thought I could control everything–where my career was headed, how my relationships were going to turn out, and what kind of life I was going to have. The best you can do is meet what appears on your path head-on.Open to InspirationThat goes especially for being open to inspiration for artwork.
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