Brushes For Oil Painting

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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 require 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

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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 …

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Making The Clematis Flower

In Work In Progress by Kat Skinner0 Comments

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 …

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Researching Oil Paint Brands In Kuwait

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In this post I am writing all my notes on the oil paint brands that I have easy access to in Kuwait. I compare quality (student vs artistic grade), sizes, number of colors, and any special characteristics that may affect purchasing decisions. This list does not currently include paint that can be shipped via companies such as Amazon.

Art Stores In Kuwait

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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 …

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I got Faber-Castell Polychromos For My Birthday

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I just celebrated my birthday. Yay! My husband knew I had been eyeing off a set of Faber-Castell Polychromos for quite some time now, and decided that since I hadn’t taken the monetary plunge that he would on my behalf. Over the next few weeks I hope to be uploading some of my initial experiences with these pencils, as well as a few of my first few practice projects.

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Superimposing Lines, Ghosting Lines and Planes – A DrawABox Lesson

In Sketches & Practice by Kat Skinner0 Comments

The very first exercises on the DrawABox website is to help you learn how to draw, again. The first lesson on the website is to take you back to the beginning, the very fundamentals. It covers topics such as drawing from the shoulder, drawing straight lines and perfect ellipses, and the very basics of perspective. This post covers only the first part of this entire lesson, which is about drawing from the shoulder and straight lines.

What kind of art do you share with others?

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So often in art there is this prevailing theory that an artist must be seen as “professional”, meaning that they only ever show their absolute perfected artworks. I guess it stems from the need to sell oneself as an artist as much as the art itself; the need to always show your best side and never-ever to be seen as anything less than perfect. After all, who wants to invest in a faulty product?

Learning To Draw From Imagination…

In Journal, Sketches & Practice by Kat Skinner0 Comments

I can draw. But not like artists who can draw completely from imagination with very little reference images. Most of my drawings and sketches (foundations for my paintings) will be an amalgamation of reference images with slight adjustments.
I decided that this was a significant issue to my progress. I don’t want to be limited to reference photos.