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Starting The Elephant Commission

Work In Progress Photo of Elephant Commission, by Kat Skinner

I’m working on this gorgeous photo of two elephants, for a custom commission. This is by far my largest artwork I have worked on to date. Most of my work is so detailed and time-consuming that I tend to paint smaller sized paintings (max 30x40cm – 12x16in). Whilst this artwork is far from finished, I thought it would be worth while to share some in-progress photos.

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Time-lapse of the Blue-Throated Macaw Pastel Painting

Writers are often told “don’t tell, show”. Why should it be any different for artists?An artist aims to instill life into their artwork, and a great way to help the viewer to connect is for them to see how it was created. This could be photos that you share to Instagram and facebook, or even videos. Continue reading Time-lapse of the Blue-Throated Macaw Pastel Painting

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Time-lapse Of Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting

Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting by Kat Skinner

I’m so excited; I just launched my YouTube channel!

The very first video is a time-lapse of the Ring Tail Lemur pastel painting. I hope to upload a lot more videos to YouTube, as I make them. I’m interested in making art lesson videos for both beginners and more advanced artists. I will also upload time-lapse videos of my personal artwork. Continue reading Time-lapse Of Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting

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How I Painted The Lemons

Last Step of The Lemons

I realized that there are several artwork pieces that I just haven’t included making of posts for; in fact there is quite a back log. The Lemons oil painting is one of those artworks that I never got around to writing about how I painted it. Not everyone likes to see how a painting is made, but I love writing these posts as a sort of self-reflection. I remember when I first started learning, I would often browse the blogs of artists I admire to learn how they painted.
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How I Painted The Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting

Autumn Leaves, Watercolor Art by Kat Skinner

Have you ever wanted how the artist you admire painted or drew that particular artwork? More and more artists are filming themselves working – something I am looking into myself. Until then, I can offer you the steps that I have taken to create some of my more popular artwork. This post shows the process of creating the Autumn Leaves watercolor painting.
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How I Drew The Clematis Flower

The Clematis Flower by Kat Skinner

A delicate and small flower will only be noticed if it makes a big appearance. This clematis flower does this by shining with vibrant pinks.

This artwork is a unique step away from my traditional watercolour work and towards a new and upcoming media form: coloured pencils. Coloured pencils have been used for centuries, but it has only be in the recent years that they have been so much more widely accepted in art galleries and as a professional art medium. With excellent lightfastness and an ability to get incredibly small details accurately rendered, coloured pencils make an excellent media for artists.

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How I Painted The Superb Wren and Camellias

WC007D Superb Wren and Camellias Watercolor Painting by Kat Skinner

Most of the time you will only ever see the finished painting by an artist. The painting-process itself can take days or months to complete. But there is so much that goes behind the paintings that doesn’t actually involve picking up a paint brush. This post shows you the thought process and steps that I took to complete my Superb Wren and Camellias painting.

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How I Painted The Haworthias Jupiter Succulent

Second Stage of Haworthias Jupiter Succulent

Were you looking for the Haworthias Jupiter Succulent in my Portfolio?

I enjoyed the last succulent project that I painted. It gave me a great opportunity to practice painting a variety of green hues and tones, and provided a fulfilling finished product. So it makes sense to paint more of the same (or similar) subject. With a bit of research I found this gorgeous Haworthias Jupiter succulent.

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How I Painted The Aloe Polyphylla Succulent

Aloe Polyphylla Succulent Watercolor Painting by Kat Skinner

The third painting in my succulent series is of a Aloe Polyphylla. Similar to my first Succulent painting, this reference photo spoke to me; I adored the warm shadows and the geometric patterns. This is a post on all the steps that I took to make the Aloe Polyphylla Succulent painting, with lots of in-progress photos and descriptions.

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