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Toothed Paper for Soft Pastels
Certainly scratchboard done the way I do it also resembles drawing. I used to be an artist who plugged away at oils, acrylics, or even watercolours and never made any of them work properly for me. In fact, I have huge admiration for anyone who can us
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Believe in Yourself
Drawing has always been my favourite pastime, for as long as I can remember. By the end of primary school I had decided that art had to be a major part of my future. I won a local Art Competition in Year 8 which further solidified that determination,
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It’s All In The Detail
On a sheet of Bank paper (similar to copy paper) the same size as my intended painting, I do a simple line drawing. I trace the drawing lightly on to my watercolour paper. Tracing eliminates erasing any pencil lines on the watercolour paper, which ca
Creative Artist4 min read
Scones are On
I’m never quite sure what to expect when visiting a new studio, but often get a mental picture long before I get there, for while many studios these days are more than just places to set up an easel and shut out the world, the common denominator is o
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Birds Of A Feather
Born in 1965, Frances McMahon has been passionate about illustrating Australia’s native birds since age five. Indeed, it was at this tender age that one of her paintings was selected to be included in a children’s art exhibition that toured the world
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Heatwave
“Heatwave” was a commission for a client in Canada who happened to see a painting on my website of two Eastern Rosellas (“The Happy Couple”) and wanted a painting just like it. I have never repeated or copied a painting, but in this case I suggested
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With Camera in Hand
During my early years, my relationship with photography could be defined as rocky at best. Early cameras were of limited quality, though I did manage to capture some of the best reds and yellows that light pollution could muster. If memory serves me
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Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), established in 2008 under the Artistic Directorship of Dr Gene Sherman AM, is a philanthropic enterprise dedicated to providing an innovative forum for contemporary visual practice and presenting work b
Creative Artist4 min read
The Tangible Presence of Light
My mother was a great gardener, and flowers have always been a source of joy and inspiration for me. They seem to be put on earth to lift our spirits with their pure, clear colours, lovely fragrances and intricate patterns. And they have the ability
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Tenderness
I grid both my reference photo and my watercolour paper into 16 rectangles and draw freehand with a Fine or H Staedtler Mars 780 thick lead mechanical pencil. The grid lines keep me from getting too far off base, and the slightly hard pencil won’t sm
Creative Artist5 min read
High-end Compact & Mirrorless Cameras
As the name mirrorless implies, there is no mirror in these cameras. The traditional layout of the DSLR with a mirror, prism and viewfinder has been altered, allowing the light to go through the lens directly onto the sensor. This saves on a lot of b
Creative Artist4 min read
Capturing Emptiness
Born in England, Sukhi received a traditional education in sculpture and life-drawing at City and Guilds Art School in London. Due to her naturally philosophical and curious nature, Sukhi had already traveled in India several times, where she felt an
Creative Artist3 min read
Works on Paper: Hikayat
Green Art Gallery, Dubai recently held Works on Paper: Hikayat, an exhibition that brings together more than 50 works on paper by Modern Arab artists including Khouzayma Alwani, Mahmoud Hammad, Adham Ismail, Jamil Molaeb, Fateh Moudarres, Nazir Nabaa
Creative Artist2 min read
It’s The Colours And Textures
I’ve travelled extensively, pursuing subject matter to capture and translate onto canvas. I’ve covered thousands of kilometres on foot and have slogged my way through the Barrios of Spain, the medinas of Morocco and across the provinces of France, Cu
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Mojito y Che
Travelling to exotic destinations has always provided me with inspiration for my work. Two months of travelling through Cuba, staying with families in Casa Particulares (private homes), has provided a wealth of subject matter. I wanted to tie in an A
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The Pelicans
Michelle Caitens • Canvas 900 x 600mm • Bristle brushes flat ¾”, flat 14 • Sable brushes 5/0, 0, 1,2, 4, 6 • Taklon detailer 5/0 • Sable liners 2/0, 5/0 • Art Spectrum Odourless Solvent • Genesis Air-dried clear gloss varnish• Genesis heat-set arti
Creative Artist6 min read
From The Drawing Board
Brett A Jones Hi Brett, On a personal level, is it more important to make sacrifices art-wise and push to get a career for myself where I can be paid just to make art, or should I get a part-time job and just make art with as much of my time as poss
Creative Artist5 min read
Just A Country Girl At Art
BY DEREK L NEWTON Recently I visited two artists’ studios in the Western Australian port city of Fremantle, and as you may recall, they were featured in an earlier ‘My Space’ article. Many artists call this old port city home, and the Fremantle Art
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Tripod Buying Guide
BY DANIEL SMITH A few main factors that come into play are size, weight, stability, portability, ease of use and type of head. These are often mostly linked. You need a tripod for many areas of photography. While you are able to handhold a camera ef
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The Sculptor
Bruno Walpoth To explain why I became a sculptor, I have to say that there is a 400 year old tradition of wood sculpture in our valley, Val Gardena, in Italy. Also my two grandfathers and an uncle were sculptors therefore I grew up living in this t
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Aperture Summer Open
In 2014, Aperture Foundation initiated its first open-submission exhibition, the Aperture Summer Open, as a means of extending the walls of its New York gallery space to a wider group of photographers and gauging the character of contemporary photogr
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Exhibition: The Distance
Every time we have an encounter with Mustafa Ali’s work, we find ourselves in a world reflecting the source of a human being’s inner voices through space and form. In each wooden head we read the story of a thinking mind, well conserved in a perfectl
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Belvedere – Austrian Art
The Belvedere palaces were built in the eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). The ensemble, comprising the Upper and the Lower Belvedere, as well
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Sigmund Freud And The Play On The Burden Of Representation
In 1989 American Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth created the installation Zero & Not on occasion of the 50th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death. It marked the beginning of the Sigmund Freud Museum Contemporary Art Collection featuring outstanding i
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The Abstract Expressionist
Joanne Duffy She explains that the native flora and ancient landscapes are strong stimuli for investigating our senses’ response through colour, texture and movement, and it is these remnants of experience which provides the key for interpretation o
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