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
Last year I started following an instagram guru Kat Coroy (@katcoroy) and almost signed up for her Instagram Makeover course. As I waited to have at least a month to dedicate to that online marketing exercise, I continued to receive many interesting tips. One of her suggestions was Canva. Now, I get all kinds of… Continue reading Canva Review
This scam has been around for at least a year but we were unaware of it. We recently became aware of this scam when we listed an item for sale on Craigslist. We immediately received a response that was clearly automated. You can tell this when the title of the email is something like, “I… Continue reading Beware the “Send Verification Code” Scam
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
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
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
The dramatic stormy sea is a balancing act between the dark sky and sea with a glowing bit of light in between.
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.
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
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