Pastel artists have to face the inevitable day when they must package their precious pastel paintings for shipment and place them in the hands of a package carrier for delivery. When packaging a pastel painting, additional precautions need to be taken to protect the glazing from breakage and reduce the potential of dusting-off from extreme mishandling.
During my painting classes I frequently get this question: “How do you know when a painting is finished?” All artists are faced with this dilemma. Shall I add this or remove that? On and on it goes. I like this quote from Leonardo Da Vinci: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Even though that says quite a bit, it doesn’t say it all.
Drawing and sculpture are more closely connected than they may at first appear, and the complex ties between them are the subject of our Drawing exhibition of the month for January. “The Sculptural Line” opens January 17 at The Getty, in Los Angeles, and will be on view until April 16.At times, drawings can be preliminary preparatory designs for sculpture.
Canadian painter Simon Andrew’s winterscapes reveal a unique creative process and visionOriginally from the county of Cornwall in southwestern England, oil painter and a master of winter paintings, Simon Andrew was raised in a family of artists. “Both my father and stepfather attended Slade School of Fine Art of University College London,” he says.
I could stare at the work of Arlene Steinberg all day. Her vibrant colors and use of reflections in her artworks are mesmerizing. Below, Steinberg demonstrates how she drew the eye-catching still life titled Ribbon Fantasy, above, using colored pencil. Enjoy!Mastering Colored Pencil, Step-by-StepColored pencil is translucent, so as you layer and blend colors, those in the lower layers show through, allowing you to create luminous effects and subtle shifts of value and hue.
Choose Your Adventure: Two Ways to Powerful Pastel UnderpaintingsIt is always exciting to see how artists work differently within the bounds of a single medium or genre. As a wannabe artist, I know there is a takeaway worth learning in both scenarios, but I also stand the chance of discovering a way of painting or drawing that fits me lock-and-key.