Practicing 2-Value Notans

Taking a couple of hours out of my day, I sourced some inspiration to make a variety of very quick notan sketches. Since it is still summer here, and absolutely dreadfully hot outside, I stayed indoors and referenced many of the photos I used for an earlier assessment.

Of course, the more notan sketches you…

2 Value Notans Practice From The Old Masters

I am up to (week) 6 in the Virtual Art Academy and we have just begun to learn about notans. Notans can really use as many values as you want, although most artists will limit their sketches down to just two to four values. Of course it makes sense to start as simple as possible… with…

Comparing Values In My Own Paintings

Since I am studying so much about values in art lately, I figured it was only fair to go back to my own past artworks and analyse how effectively I used values. I have known about the concept of values for quite some time, but as I have often learnt knowing theory and practically applying…

Brushes For Oil Painting

When it comes to art, so much depends advice is dependant upon the artist’s personal opinions and taste. Certain art styles, such as impressionism vs realism, will need different tools and colors. The same is the case for brushes… I have attempted to collect a list of what is most commonly recommended for beginner artists.

Searching For Starter Oil Colors/Palette

Starting a new artistic medium is a big challenge; there is so much to learn and it can be so overwhelming. When it comes to oil painting there are a number of factors to consider, for example; brands of oil paint, types of solvents and their potentially harmful effects, color choice, brush types and sizes,…

Making The Clematis Flower

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…

Researching Oil Paint Brands In Kuwait

If you remember from earlier blog posts, I mentioned that I am moving away from watercolor painting and towards alternate mediums for my primary art style. Lately I have been exploring the idea of working in oil paints. One of the things that I love about watercolor paintings is the nice and smooth gradations –…

Art Stores In Kuwait

One of the draw backs I have found about living in Kuwait is the lack of artistic culture; unlike my home country of Australia there just seems to be less of an obvious artistic scene of artists, exhibitions and of course the subsequent art shops.

So I am attempting to compose a list of art…

I got Faber-Castell Polychromos For My Birthday

I just celebrated my birthday. Yay! My husband knew I had been eyeing off a set of Faber-Castell Polychromos for some time now, and decided that since I hadn’t taken the monetary plunge that he would on my behalf.

One of the many reasons I had been looking at these pencils was the desire to…