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

Student Reference Interpretations

The following paintings are Birgit’s lessons on interpreting photos submitted by her students. Each has its own challenges. The summery day with clouds is a good exercise in keeping the whites in the clouds and painting a meadow without painting every blade of grass.

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Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

I hadn’t managed to complete this exercise from Atmospheric Landscapes the first time around.  It looked intimidating and I procrastinated a long time. It was actually the only painting I hadn’t attempted, but since that first course. But Birgit O’Connor continuesto add content to existing courses(which is another good reason to sign up . I… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper

I should mention the medium for the previous post since it was an eye-opening experience in itself. I used the Marine Assortment set of Caran D’arch Museum watercolor pencils on Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to use pencil on the smoother Mixed Media paper before. This time I found… Continue reading Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper