A serious bout of creative block can be disheartening and troublesome for an artist. The ‘creative well‘ can run dry at anytime.  This has been something I have struggled with from time to time, so I am well aware of the frustration and sometimes sadness it can cause. Forcing me to paint does nothing to help me move forward or shake it off.  When it hits, everything seems to suck! Can you relate? That less than ho-hum look seems to show up on the canvas…almost daily!  In fact the ho-hum causes more frustrated and it seems the cycle continues to feed on itself. It’s like everything in life keeps getting in the way of  inspiration. Do you feel that way too? What to do?

 Creative Block

How do we get re-motivated when this happens?

How do we push past this kind of experience? Do we cry? Pound the canvas? Throw the brushes? Yup, sheepishly I must admit I have done all three, but it doesn’t help…what I do is completely step away and take a break from the easel. Some people will tell you not to give in,  some will say you are burnt out…some who know you well will just give you the space and time to figure it out.  Take comfort in knowing that it too will pass. Stepping away is good from the ‘rest’ perspective, but it isn’t productive in the usual way…producing paintings that is. When you think of yourself as a creative being… misplacing that creativity makes you feel a part of you is missing. It does for me.

After several months, it was time to evaluate my creative block and figure out a way to get past it.  Perhaps doing a few small paintings would get the fire lit?  O.K.  I tried painting little studies, at first it was an effort, but slowly it started coming together again. Reading inspiring books and visiting the websites of artists I admire helped me find my ‘sweet spot’. Just by looking at beautiful art, I felt the inclination to pick up the brush. One thing I learned…forget about doing anything on a grand scale. Baby steps each day helped with moving forward…one day at a time.

Try to refocus on things you love!

Colorful visuals helped me refocus on the things I love to paint.  I visited several online museums and believe it or not…Pinterest was a big help…LOL! Gardening, refinishing furniture, artwork, fashion, and fabulous food…seeing these brilliant visuals had a huge reward for me personally. It was inspiring! After pinning and pinning…And a little paint dabbling in between…creativity brought forth the desire to get serious. Soon the flame began flickering brightly and I heard the easel calling my name.

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Color has always inspired me…to see how another artist or interior designer uses color, and creates color relationships helped me visualize with a different perspective. Soon my creative mojo started to visit and eventually I could feel my muse tugging at my heart once again.  Paint! Paint! Though making extra time is still a bit of an issue, the lack of inspiration and creativity is not. The desire to paint is stronger than ever. Creative inspiration is all around, we just need to know where to look for it and sometimes it’s in the strangest places! I began gathering my thoughts on my computer. I created several folders with fresh and fun ideas, and started collected the reference materials for future paintings. Today, it’s all good, I am inspired on a daily basis.

Sometimes we need to step away…

I have learned not to take  creativity or inspiration for granted…the creative well can run dry when we least expect it…fatigue,  sickness, stress can play a major role in this scenario. But when it does happen… use the time to rest and reflect. Most of all, and let ourselves off the hook. I had to, and it helped me move forward with a greater love, passion and respect for what I do…Paint! Paint! Paint! …and pin your heart out! LOL!

Follow our Art Apprentice Online creative boards on Pinterest…here we try to share what inspired each of us artists. There’s a little of everything and we’ll be adding more as time permits!

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The Color Turquoise Blue

by Neadeen Masters on July 29, 2013

Turquoise  Blue Colors makes some of us go weak at the knees

What is it about the Color Turquoise Blues that make some of us go weak at the knees? Is it the color that makes us dream of warm tropical seas and expensive gifts… and pretty turquoise boxes from Tiffany’s? Does it inspire us to be a more daring in our fashion choices, jewlery and home décor? Perhaps it’s the modern day color of romance and will help us decorate our personal space for calming effects…

The Colors of Turquoise Blues

 

Everywhere we look this color is popping up in unusual and trendy ways. It’s replacing leather browns in funky cowboy boots, and vibrant red hues in fingernail polishes. From boring beige and sterile white to vibrant turquoise kitchen appliances! It’s a color that seems to be the new trend in mixed media art, painted furniture and window shutters, front doors, throw cushions and most especially DIY painted artwork!  Even in the garden, terracotta flower pots are teaming up with turquoise ceramics, garden gates and iron works, turquoise glass and old re-purposed furniture pieces are painted in turquoise blues.  In beauty products…even hair color is getting painted with a splash of vibrant turquoise! What’s next?

Why is this turquoise color so captivating?

Think about this…On the color wheel, turquoise is a family member of the blue green hues. It also falls on the cool side of the wheel, opposite to the fiery reds, oranges and yellows. It becomes a natural color choice to add balance to a warmer palette. When it comes to fashion and beauty it also enhances warm coral hues and earthy oranges and browns…Because of this, it can be worn by all skin tones and is becoming very popular with fashion and jewelry designers. When it comes to home decor, it adds a calming energy and works well with the natural hues found in wood, stone, metal and water.

LOVE Turquoise!

A splash of turquoise!

In art work the color turquoise is used in several interesting ways.  It is used to describe the ocean themes in marine paintings and as settings for tropical paintings with colorful reef fish and tropical birds. From a technical point of view…the hue is used to add important temperature balance and contrast to traditional painting compositions and color palettes. In contemporary art themes, turquoise blue accents are added to make paintings pop with excitement! Artists know that a splash of turquoise can inject energy like no other color can.

Is there more meaning  behind the popularity of the color?

Turquoise is being celebrated and embraced by all generations and in all walks of life. Did you know that in feng shui practices the color turquoise is used to represent the water element? It has a calming energy and is also thought to bring a feeling of well-being. Naturally this is also tied to good health and to attracting wealth.

So the next time you wonder about the popularity of this color, remember its deeper meanings and why we are so attracted to this color! This color might just change your life!

 

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Look At An Artist’s Magazine – Summer Inspiration

by Neadeen Masters on May 2, 2013

Get summer inspiration for artists from any artist’s magazine

As the summer and warm weather rolls around, there is much opportunity to be inspired by. Many artists will turn to an artist’s magazine for inspiration while others love to experience painting outdoors. Regardless of your preference, the first thing you can observe is the abundance of color! Everywhere we look color screams to Paint me! Paint me! Don’t miss out on these opportunities to capture events, and summer settings. Visit the farmers market, capture beach scenes, and go to garden centers. They are overflowing with brilliant colorful plants and flowers. The Summer season is the perfect opportunity to take photographs and build a library of reference materials. This will inspire new painting ideas and stimulate your artistic creativity. Nothing will jar your creative process faster than a collection of beautiful and brilliantly coloured objects. Tropical fruit or garden flowers will often do the trick! In our summer issues of the artist’s magazine from Art Apprentice Online, painters can find inspirational articles and painting lessons that are wrapped around painting summer themes.

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Here’s an article written by artist Sue Pruett about this very subject of summer inspiration for artists. Sue gives you lots of ideas for collecting inspiration during the summer months.

  • Grab an artist’s magazine – Art Apprentice Online – Issue 1009 –  Artist Inspiration for Summer Designs – by Sue Pruett MDA

Summer, winter, fall, and spring are all know for their colors. The colors of each season are normally taken from the natural surroundings of nature.  Spring is representative of the early colors of perennial gardens, while fall is most noted for the golden tones of the leaves as they change. In fact most of nature’s palette is the basis of our inspiration.  Inspiration for a painter’s color palette can be pulled from almost anywhere. At this time of the year, let’s consider summer inspiration relative to your palette of colors.

  • Painters can turn to articles from any artist’s magazine for summer color inspiration

Regardless of the part of the country you live in, when you think summer, a peaceful pacific palette of colors comes to mind. The ocean and the colors of sand and sea suggest summer regardless of where you are standing. Within that palette of colors are a myriad of interesting color combinations. Picture this… sandy hues and colors as soft and pale as salt, or as dark as tree bark. Do these come to mind? In like manner, the colors of the ocean can be a delicate blue like the sky or soft green as shallow water. Design ideas can springboard from thoughts of tropical scenery and subjects.

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Summer Inspiration from an artist’s magazines will help you develop new ideas!

Inspiration for new summer designs can be easy if you brainstorm themes and subject matter within the chosen theme.  While doing this you’ll find that one thought will lead to another and before you know it design ideas are flowing.  For instance, choose a summer theme and make a list of everything that comes to mind.

For Example:

  • Theme – Tropical  – Subjects: water, ocean, sand, fish, tropical flowers and foliage, sunsets, seashells, and birds….can you think of more?
  • Theme – Summer Flowers – Subjects:  sunflower, daisy, fields of flowers, hibiscus, rose, hydrangea, poppies, black eyed susan, and dahlia, can you add more?

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The palette of colors from summer would be in sharp contrast to the colors of fall. Think fall and one might think of the east coast in late October. The changing colors of the leaves as well as the color of apples on the trees and hot cider in copper colored kettles draw a sharp contrast to the colors of the sand and sea of the summer colors. An artist, who actually thinks in color, most usually draws on the colors of the seasons to bring life to his palette. As the artist searches for inspiration for his assignment he must first think about where his design is to take place. Is it to be an outside painting or an inside painting? Is it to be a painting that shows movement like the waves of the sea or is it to be a still life like a bowl of fruit? In addition to this, is this painting to be of something outside or inside? These issues often determine the amount of lighting and the appropriate shadows that the artist need to take into consideration. The inspiration for a blank canvas can come from anywhere.

A color palette can come from almost anything. People from all cultures, still life, floral design landscape and wildlife are just a few of the many options to consider. The following is a short check list of possible ideas to help the artist learn how to draw color from the different seasons of the year.

Winter–
Think cold snow, icicles, gray clouds
Think bold accent colors like red, and black

Spring–
Think soft shades of flowers covering the warm spectrum of the palette
Think green grass in the different shades from light to dark

Fall–
Think falling leaves with rich reds, golds, and green,
Think dark heavy colors like red apples, rust colored containers or orange pumpkins.

These seasonal suggestions can be complimented by the colors of trend and fashion that are found everywhere. Seasonal magazines, fashion catalogs, makeup and jewelry lines are also  inspiration for the artist looking for complementary colors.

Summer–
Think sand with the broad spectrum of neutral colors from light to dark browns
Think oceanic colors of pale blues and dark aqua’s

For more summer inspiration and painting lessons about how to paint art for the summer season, purchase this online artist’s magazine from the Art Apprentice Online. Its full of painting videos to get your brushes flying!

 

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How to Protect Paintings – Original Art

by Neadeen Masters on April 30, 2013

How to Protect Paintings for Your Future Enjoyment

You spend hours painting a piece of  original art, painting and describing your ideas on the  canvas. But without the proper after care, your art will not maintain the beauty it started with. The most common ways a painting gets destroyed is with water damage, direct sunlight, and physical damage. Extend the life of your painting to ensure it lasts to it’s full potential.

Protect Paintings that are Original Art -

To properly preserve and protect paintings, here are some important tips:

  • Keep your original art out of direct sunlight. One of the leading causes of discoloration for original art is sunlight. Different paints responds differently to direct sunlight. Some pigments can fade if you have used a ‘student grade’ paint. Some pigments may appear to be a completely different color after a short length of time. The reason for this is because heat can cause hue shifts with some pigment colors. For Example, some reds can turn to more of an orange hue.
  • Avoid hanging your paintings under fluorescent lights as they give off ultra violet light that is as bad as harsh sunlight. UV light is damaging.

Protect Paintings from Dampness and Humidity

  • Keep your original art in a cool dry place. Water damage and high humidity can destroy your art quicker than direct sunlight will. Water spots, and even mold can form on a beautiful piece of work if left in a damp environment for too long. If your painting does get wet, make sure to properly dry your artwork as quickly as possible. High humidity will also affect watercolor paintings, causing the paper and or the matting to warp and distort.
  • Physical damage is often unexpected, and accidental, but will destroy your artwork. Without proper handling, the frame can warp and the canvas can tear, neither of which are easy to repair. To avoid physical damage, make sure to secure your art before moving. You can visit a framing store and purchase cardboard corners to protect expensive frames. Always place a sheet of cardboard in front and back of the painting to protect damage to the frame, glass or painted canvas surface.
  • If it is an original watercolor painting, use glass to protect the finished painting. The glass will protect the artwork from dirty fingers, dust, insect droppings, fly specks and accidental damage.

If you’d like to learn more about art in general, learn to paint, or expand your current painting skills, try online art classes at: www.ArtApprenticeOnline.com

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Paintings of Landscape – Design Tips Using Line

by Neadeen Masters on April 22, 2013

Successful Paintings Of Landscape  Depend on the Use of Line 

‘Line’ is an Element of Design that helps the artist move the viewer’s eye around the painting. Successful Paintings Of Landscape  Depend on the Use of Line, but how does this artistic concept specifically apply when painting a landscape? The design concept of ‘line’ can be used in many different ways. Besides helping with eye movement, it can also be used to place emphasis on an object, draw attention to a specific area such as the focal point, or used as a way to enhance the mood of the painting.

Paintings of Landscape - How to use line in landscape painting Well balanced use of Line – Painting by Pearce

Lines used within Paintings of Landscape, hold great Expressive Meaning

In some paintings lines can even be interpreted as having symbolic reference. Lines used within paintings of landscape, hold great expressive meaning. These lines send  subtle messages to the viewer. So how many kinds of lines are there and how are they used? There are horizontal lines, curved and vertical lines, as well as diagonal lines. Each plays an important role in the overall success of a landscape composition. They don’t all have to be used at the same time, but when they are teamed up with each other or used in combination, they each serve a specific design purpose.

When creating paintings of landscape, close attention to how one uses lines can result in success or become very problematic. This concept will be a key element when you begin to design your own paintings in the future. Learn as much as you can about them. Observe the painting above, the artist Pearce has used the line of the distant hills, the sheep and the horizon to allude to the calm mood of the scene. As you read on, you will understand better how the placement of the human form adds balance to the painting. Just know that line is used in the creative process and when learned and understood they can ‘kick-start’ a great idea if used correctly. For the sake of this short landscape article, here are a few design tips on how to use the first two types of line; Horizontal lines and vertical lines.

Two Basic Lines used in Paintings of Landscape

  • A Horizontal line – Such as the horizon, lies in a horizontal position or on the horizontal plane. This line is not contrary to the earth’s gravitational pull, basically it’s laying down. As a result, it will convey a quiet or calm mood and lends a sense of peace. In landscape painting, an artist can paint still waters, calm seas or lakes…all of these compositions would have several horizontal lines. Imagine the sun setting on the horizon over quiet seas with tiny little waves rippling across the canvas. Can you feel the quiet and calming effect from that visual?  The strong use of the horizontal lines will help to express the quiet or calm mood.
  • Vertical lines – Such as tree trunks, telephone poles, tall buildings, human figures will all be seen as ‘vertical lines’. These lines are contary to the horizontal lines. They are straight up and down and point towards the heavens. These offer a feeling of strength, and superiority compared to the lines that are ‘laying down’. Relative to design, the artist can use these vertical lines as a counter-balance in a painting that displays only horizontal lines. Too many vertical lines can also cause us to move very quickly through a painting. The viewer’s eye will follow the vertical object up and down; up and down… sometimes leaving the top or bottom of the canvas with no way to reenter the painting. Successful paintings of landscape will often illustrate how vertical lines are used and balanced with the use of a few horizontal lines to break up or slow down the eye movement.
  • Horizontal Lines crossed with Vertical Lines – when paired or used in combination, these two lines convey true balance. Think about a ships mast placed against the horizon, or the human form placed in a flat field, the combination of the two brings a harmonious mood to the composition and does not conflict or distract from the rest of the painting. As illustrated in the featured painting above.

To learn more about line and the Principles of Design used in paintings of landscape, do check out our comprehensive e-book written by the artists from the Art Apprentice Online.

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How to paint with watercolors – where to begin?

The paint selection is endless, the brand names many and the costs vary greatly.  Where does a beginning artist start when they want to learn how to paint with watercolors? It’s simple, talk to an experienced water colorist or to another artist or to a teacher who has experience with this kind of media. It’s easy to select paint based only on the beauty of the color, but when it comes to painting in watercolor and painting in general, we need to select paint based on certain criteria that leads to success. Many colors look very similar, yet they perform quite differently when used.  So let’s get started…

Selecting the best watercolor paint when learning how to watercolor paint.

  • Begin with a palette of colors that will give you the best range of hues, and choose a professional grade of pigments.

Select Professional Watercolor Pigments

  • Like all paint brands, there are both student and professional grade paints in most paint collections. The student brands tend to be less expensive, but don’t let the price fool you. While they may be some savings for your pocket book, the purity and strength of the colors is lower. Student grade paints have less pigment. They are often formulated using two or more less expensive pigments. They don’t result in the same ‘look’ of a rich vibrant painting created with professional, artist grade paints. Artist grade, professional paints are made with the highest grades of pure pigments and have no filler in them. It’s always better to start out with good paint and good quality papers. Your chances for success will be ten times greater when you paint with professional supplies. Most especially when you are a beginning artist or just getting started in watercolors. Choose a professional grade, you’ll never regret it!

Work with a Limited Palette To Start

  • Next, work with a limited palette,  start with 10-12 colors that are chosen for specific reasons. Understand this, each pigment has specific qualities.  Some are opaque, some transparent, some are earth tones, while some have greater staining qualities. Each color pigment plays a role and allows you to create certain effects using specific watercolor painting techniques. Some pigments are very useful for mixing, while others allow you to create interest and balance with contrasts of cool and warm temperatures, and some are used for creating beautiful luminous effects. Knowing how each pigment will perform comes with experience and an understanding of the pigment properties. Making choices without this knowledge can lead to disappointments and frustrations. Mission Gold Watercolors has put together an excellent starter set that provides an excellent range of hues. (see graphic below)

12 color starter set - Mission Gold Professional Watercolors

Watercolor Paint Sets

  • Select  watercolor sets and you will enjoy a wide range of hues for creating luminous watercolor techniques. Many top brands of watercolors put together specific combinations of colors. These are for the beginning artist who may not have the necessary experience selecting the right combination of pigments. This removes doubt and helps the artist start off on the right foot. A collection with 12 colors will often have representation from the most important colors of the color wheel. There will be equal representation for reds, orange, yellow, green, blue green, blues, violets, and red violets. This way the artist can easily mix colors, shifting between the color families with greater ease. A palette like this can also provide a very wide range of hues for painting most subjects. Color sets are a great way to begin. They will not only help you learn how to watercolor paint, but they will remove most of the frustrations of making mountains of mud!

If you have questions regarding painting in watercolor or Mission Gold Watercolors, please mailto: info@artapprenticeonline.com

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Learning to Paint – Five Lessons I Have Learned as an Artist

by Neadeen Masters on February 18, 2013

Forty five plus years of painting have opened my eyes to so much. Yet I have only touched the tiniest tip of the iceberg when it comes to art, and painting, but yet there are a few lessons that stand out above all the others!  There are days when everything goes well and the paint flows from the brush like warm honey onto freshly baked bread. Then there are days, you’ll find me standing in front of the easel like a beginning artist yet to understand the workings of it all. I rather think those are the usual technical challenges we all face throughout our careers as artists. With artistic maturity  comes a deeper understanding what the really important lessons are…the ones that matter to us the most!

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  1. Understand my Limitations: I have learned that regardless of painting skill or experience, insight and understanding of  current limitations is the most important guide to setting painting goals. Any attempt at painting a new subject out of the normal range of my comfort zone will remind me of the challenges faced by the beginning artist. I see it as a way to set goals but also as a reality check, a way to stay grounded and to maintain a connection with those just starting out in the field. Not because we paint flowers with skill will we render the snow-capped mountain with the same passion and accuracy. Each new genre will require study, practice and patience to learn.
  2. Learn to Paint: I have learned that my knowledge and understanding of the concept of value (light versus dark) is without doubt the most important technical  insight I have acquired since I learned to paint. Seeing value in everything has allowed me to describe what I see with greater ease. Learning to ‘see’ objects in grey scale was perhaps the greatest aha moment of my painting career!
  3. Giving a Critique: As a teacher, mentor or painting friend I have learned that we never know the impact our words might have on a student or fellow artist. I have learned to cherish and respect my role. Kind and compassionate words can reach deeper into someone’s being…they can and will reach beyond the canvas regardless of skill or age. We never know when the paint brush is a heavy ‘cross’, unseen to anyone but they who carry it.
  4. Learn to Squint: I have learned that ‘squinting’ is my most common facial expression! I have earned the wrinkles around my eyes! Being a passionate artist comes with a price. Continually squinting and peeking through eyelashes…looking for pleasing arrangements of shapes, values and intensities have left the tiny footprints of crow’s feet! These treasured lines are artistic beauty marks I wear with pride. They are my badge of honour for learning to see with an artistic perspective!
  5. Learning to Paint: I have learned we must be taught to ‘see’. We can only ‘see’ what we understand, and we can only paint when we understand what we ‘see’.

These lessons I have learned have changed the way I look at my journey, changed the way I look at painting in general and changed the way I respond to those who want to learn to Paint.  Hind sight is always 20/20!

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How To Start An Art Blog

by bryantjaquez on January 14, 2013

There are two kinds of art blogs

Have you ever noticed the progression that happens in a hobby where it moves from an interest, to a passion, to something that they want to start making money off of?  Well, there are two kinds of art blogs.  The first is one that you make money on, and the second is an art blog that you do for fun.  This post will discuss both kinds of blogs and, hopefully, set you up to start blogging by the end of the day.  Before we continue, you should consider which path you want to take because I assure you both blogs are vastly different.

Setting Up An Art Blog Website

The first thing you will need to do is set up a website.  If you have decided to go the “free route” you can set up something on Tumblr, Blogger, or even WordPress.com.  These services are free, and they will make the set-up quick and easy.  The downside to these blogging platforms is that they technically “own” your content.  They will give you an account under their parent-website which will let you blog (your web address or URL will be exampleblog.tumblr.com, but you will not have as much freedom with them as you can have if you just own your own site.  Also, if you set up your site on Tumblr, you will not be able to transfer your content to another platform in case you ever decide to change your website.

If you want to pursue art-blogging as a part time job, or if you just want to set up a professional art blog, you will need an actual website.  The easiest way to do this is to follow these easy steps:

#1 –  Get Hosting – “Hosting” is required to have a website.  It is essentially the space that you will store all of your webpages, posts and images.  There are a number of good hosting companies out there.  My two favorites are iPage (1.99-2.95/month) and Hostgater(3.96/month.)  Both of these companies have good customer service and a high customer satisfaction rating.

 #2 –  Install WordPress – I could write an entire post about why WordPress is so amazing!  However, to save you time, I will simply say that WordPress is the easiest way to start a professional website.  In fact, 58,000,000 websites are already built on WordPress and it is the most popular platform in the world.  There are two different versions of WordPress; a professional one and an amateur one. Both are free, but the professional one gives you a lot more freedom and ownership over your content.  You will have to use your new hosting plan to set up WordPress, but I assure you it is easy to do.  I want you to read one of these easy tutorials that will quickly walk you through setting up WordPress on your new hosting plan.  Instructions for Hostgater, instructions for iPage.

#3 Design:

As an artist, this is going to be one of the most exciting parts. I suggest you start with a theme.  If you have decided to go the non-professional route you can use one of the themes that your blogging platform gave you.  If you  choose to build a professional art blog, you have an unlimited number of WordPress themes to choose.  This art blog is built on Thesis, which is an easy to use theme.  You can also find thousands of free themes, or you can pick out a premium theme from one of these companies: Graph Paper Press, Elegant Themes or Woo Themes.

I suggest you have as much fun with your theme as possible.  Use your intuition as an artist to create something beautiful, and aesthetically pleasing.  Remember that the same rules apply to the internet as the off-line world.  Keep things simple, make sure your color pallet is consistent and use large attractive pictures. Here is an article that talks about creating a beautiful “usable” website design. If you are creating a website that will give you an income, you can certainly benefit from hiring a professional web designer (we recommend BrewSEO a redding web design company.)

#4 – Start Making Money – Are you ready to start blogging?  Good, but before you do, there is one more thing to think about.  How are you going to make money off your blog?  The internet is full of passive income strategies, and “get rich quick” schemes.  The truth is that the schemes do not work, but the passive income strategies are possible if you are willing to put in the time working.  Either way, even a casual art blogger can make money on their blog.  The easiest method is to use affiliate links on your site.

An affiliate link is a personalized link for a company that sells products (like ours.) If you put an image in your sidebar. The image below is an example of what affiliate links look like in a “sidebar.” All you have to do is place an affiliate image in your sidebar (usually you will place the image in a word press widget) and you will make a commission when you refer customers to the store. An affiliate link is an easy way to make money as they allow you to advertise for another company and get paid for it.

Some of the best affiliate links are: Us of course :). You can sign up to be an Art Apprentice affiliate here. Amazon is another great affiliate company. You can sign up to be an Amazon affiliate here. I suggest you use the amazon affiliate account to display your favorite art resources, and the Art Apprentice link to promote art lessons/classes.

#5 – Time To Write:  Now you can start to write. Write about any part of art that you are the most passionate about.  Tell the world about all of your favorite techniques, products and art resources.  When it comes to blogging, you will become more popular if you are “social”, so start to network with other art bloggers.  Share your blog posts on Facebook.  Hey, if you let us know about your new art blog we will even share it on our Facebook page.  After all, we love equipping artists.

We wish you the best!

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Texture In Art

by bryantjaquez on January 7, 2013

how to create texture in artWhen we think of creating our own work of art there are so many things to consider: the support or surface, subject matter, background, light source, center of interest, and so forth. We know what makes up a good overall design: color management, value, and intensity control, creating a good focal point, line of design, etc. But, how often do we think of texture and the role it plays. Or do we even think of it at all?

Texture what is it and where is it?

We can see ‘texture’ in the simplest of places. It’s all around us. It can be seen here on the skin of a luscious strawberry.
how to create shinny texture in artTexture is seen in the repetitive shapes, the shiny candy wrappers, and the mix of colors.
how to create stone texture in art We can see texture in old stone work, the shutters, the rusted tin awnings, and the tree branches that frame the edge of the photograph.
how to create smooth texture in art The repetitive shapes and colors of the shiny glass marbles tells us that the surface texture is hard, glassy and shiny.
Imagine cuddling these baby ducks. The texture of their soft downy feathers is a visual texture easy to imagine.
create a dry texture in a paintingHere we can just imagine the rough and dry feel of the lichen that grows here on a fallen log in the forest.
how to create a whicker basket textureThe ‘texture’ of the woven wicker captures our attention. The pattern gives the viewer details to look at. The simple markings of age, provide us with additional information to imagine what the leather strap feels like.
how to create a reflective texture in art The reflective, and mirror-like surface of the clear glass is obvious. Artist try to illustrate this texture when they wish to create the essence of the object.
how to create a cactus like plant texture in art Visual patterning is shown on these leaves. A definite pattern of light and darker values create the surface texture.
how to create the illusion of a water's surface in a painting The pattern on the turtle’s shell and the water’s surface create extensive texture and visual patterning. So much so that the turtle is difficult to see.
how to create a juicy texture in artThe cut pomegranate reveals her hidden texture. The seeds form an interesting pattern. Can you see why the Old Dutch Masters often included this interesting fruit in their compositions?

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Perspective In Art

by bryantjaquez on January 2, 2013

everything you need to know about perspective in art

 

What is Perspective?

perspective is one of the most important aspects of a paintingPerspective is one of the most important concepts in art. It is by implementing the laws of perspective that we are able to create convincing three dimensional images to create the illusion of reality. The concept of perspective was first introduced in the 1400’s by the Italian artist and architect Filippo Brunelleschi. This artist was the first to create an accurate depiction of how the viewer might see a three dimensional image on a flat two dimensional surface. As we can imagine the discovery of this concept was revolutionary for the art world and was one of the major contributing factors to the changes in howrealistic art was depicted during the Renaissance.

 

Some of the most famous artworks to show how perspective could be used are exhibited in the bronze panels on the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti – 1425-1452. These famous doors were created for the Baptistery Of Florence, Florence, Italy and are one of the most viewed art attractions in Florence. The examples of the bronze doors above, clearly shows the basic principles of perspective, with a vanishing point (center), orthogonal lines (floor tiles and roof top), an ellipse (circular roof lines), and also includes the laws of proportion where objects appear larger the closer they are to the viewer..

The Ellipse – A Circle seen in Perspective

the perspective of an ellipseSo what has an ellipse got to do with art? First off we need to understand what an ellipse is. The word ellipse comes from the ancient Greek word elleipsis and means ‘falling short’ and the concept is also tied to mathematics. Let us look at how this concept is tied to art. Let’s think about a circle, this is a basic shape yes, but in art we don’t just paint a circle, that shape is usually a part of something else, like the top of a bottle, the bottom of a glass, the top of a teacup, edge of a saucer etc.

 

 

the perspective of an ellipseHow we describe this circle when we paint it will tell the viewer something about the perspective or where the artist was standing when they created the painting. This theory ties in with the concept of depth perception or creating dimension within a painting. The canvas or picture plane is a flat surface; if we want to create the illusion of three dimensions or depth we must understand these basic principals of art.

The Ellipse is actually the circle seen from an angle and that angle has everything to do with the height of our eye level and where we (the viewer) are positioned. If we stand and look out at the horizon, we see it as a straight line ‘before’ our eyes. That is eye level – everything viewed this way, including a circle will look different than if we view the same object below eye level or above eye level. Imagine you were the height of a small cat. You would walk around the house looking up at almost everything – it would all be above your eye level. If you were a giraffe you would be looking down at many things, all of which would be below your eye level.

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