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How to Paint a Rose Acrylics – 3 Easy Steps

Impressionist Paintings From Photos

I played around in photoshop and a few other tools and found a way to come up with photo files that look to fit the impressionist painting style of artists like Monet, Renoir and Degas. It took a lot of doing and some major trial and error but I think the results are worth it. Check out some samples.

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A Little Digital Guidance On Posing Subjects

As any aspiring and establish artist likely knows, if you are working with human subjects, posing is always a key part of the process. While some may have poses picked out right from the beginning, others may need some help or be looking for something different.

Whether you are working with drawing, painting, photography or even sculpture, a posing guide can be helpful. And while there are many posing guides available, it’s not always easy to have to carry them around or find a place in your studio to store them with the gazillions of other things you have in that area.

That’s when a digital posing guide, one in e-book format, can really come in handy. One such option that I highly recommend is the collection of guides by Justin R. Martin from the “Pose Muse” series. There is a bundle of volumes 1-4 available with a special 10% promo code for readers of this blog. Order from the link below and use the code gumroad10off for the deal price.

As the author’s website states:

“Over 500 creative references in the Poses for Artists Book Set! Dynamic, sitting, standing, fighting, couples, and various other poses. Immediate pdf delivery today plus access to our free weekly figure drawing poses.

Check it out. It’s well worth the investment.

Light Painting through Canadian Waterways

I wanted to share this very cool article that show yet another way a photographer is using his creativity to color the world.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Orlando.

The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways


The Shore (A Poem)

My latest piece, hope you like it.

The Shore

I’ve been to many places

But this is where I have to be

I’ve encountered many faces

But yours is the only one I need to see

There’s a desperation in this world

That needs healing at its core

So may you be its soothing ocean

As it rolls gently to the shore



Another Fantastic Social Site for Artists

It’s been around for years and has a bit of an old-school reputation but as a person who recently signed up with Reddit, I can tell you that it has a lot of communities to benefit artists. You should check it out.

The Stunning Work of Heather Crawford

While I enjoy working with photography, graphic design and literature, there are some artistic ventures that I stay away from other than for the purposes of silly fun. One of those is drawing.

That being the case, I have a real appreciation for anyone who has a true talent in this skill. That’s why when I recently learned about the work of Heather Crawford, I was so impressed that I got a commissioned piece done and will likely request more as gifts and for home decor projects.

Please take a moment to check out her work on both her Facebook Page and official site. You’ll be glad you did.

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