The Value of Notans

Notan of Grape Cluster

If you’ve studied art, you might realize my title is a bit of a pun.  Most established artists will tell you that values are more important than the actual or “local” color of your subject.  A Notan can help you see or create values in your subject. The value scale for artists is normally represented… Continue reading The Value of Notans

Artist Tool Review

Tom Lynch Secret Plein Air Tool

I am always on the lookout for new tools that might help improve my artwork.  This is why I was intrigued when Riley Street Art Supply listed the Tom Lynch Secret Plein Air Tool.  Gueriila Painter is a known supplier of plein air pochade boxes and this is a fitting complement to their product line. I have… Continue reading Artist Tool Review

Photoshop Tip: Magnetic Lasso

If you enjoy this article, please consider supporting my art at FlyingPig Farm.  I am currently running a promotion where I select a piece to be 30% off each week.  Currently, it’s the White-crowned Sparrow. I am currently studying Background and Shadows in an online course with Birgit O’Connor. While reading the section on preparing reference… Continue reading Photoshop Tip: Magnetic Lasso

Protect your Online Images with Pixsy

Sadly, people seem to think that online images are for the taking.  They either don’t know or don’t care about image copyright laws.  Nor do they stop to think that the photographer or artist should be compensated for their work.  It is very difficult for an individual to protect their online images. But that may… Continue reading Protect your Online Images with Pixsy

Arteza Markers

I recently received a gift of some Arteza Brush Pen Markers.  These are described as Blendable Water-Based Ink.  You may have seen ads for this product all over social media.  Normally I am suspicious of such ads, but after meeting a fellow artist who had ordered some, I put these on my wishlist as well.… Continue reading Arteza Markers