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

Color Stories from Winsor & Newton

Two Magentas Permanent Magenta is from the family of aniline dyes which were derived originally from natural vegetable indigo.  An international race was on in the 1800’s to determine the potential of synthetic colors.  It was eventually discovered that several colors had the same substance in common, so they were thereafter referred to as aniline dyes.The name Magenta honors the… Continue reading Color Stories from Winsor & Newton

New Art Materials of Note

Article originally written for the Palette newsletter of Art Association Napa Valley I like to visit art stores when I travel.  I always see something new or materials that I haven’t noticed before.  This time I visited Island Blue in Sidney near Victoria on Vancouver Island and Opus Art Center on Granville Island in Vancouver.… Continue reading New Art Materials of Note

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