Otocast

An App for Narrated Audio Guides I was recently contacted by the founder and CEO of Otocast.  Eric Fienstein is in the process of creating an audio guide for the Downtown Napa Utility box art-wrap project.  I had not previously heard of OtoCast. I learned the OtoCast smartphone app provides a platform for narrated audio… Continue reading Otocast

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

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

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

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

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