The Value of Notans, Part 2

Last week I wrote about Notans and how they can help guide you to successful compositions.  I explained how the Notan app for smartphone or desktop can help you create value studies to use as a ‘roadmap’ to your painting or photo. This month I’d like to point out that the NotanIzer app can also… Continue reading The Value of Notans, Part 2

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

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

Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

In between completing the Atmospherics Landscapes class, I decided to hand-paint a Father’s Day card.  There’s a fairly good little art store within walking distance of the marina, Good Stuff Arts.  We are even given a coupon for 10% off this local business when we check into Cap Sante marina.  They do carry my favorite Pro… Continue reading Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

Atmospheric Landscapes

I have been enjoying my second go-round in Birgit O’Connor’s online course, Atmospheric Landscapes.  I’m grateful that Birgit is one of the many successful artists and instructors who has also mastered the technology of online teaching. If you haven’t seen her website, I encourage you to visit.  She offers many different ways for students of… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes