Photo The newly unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images
We went to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington to look at the recently installed portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The paintings — Barack’s by Kehinde Wiley, Michelle’s by Amy Sherald — prompted both rapture and controversy when they were unveiled in February, and we wanted to see them in person to try to evaluate our own responses. As we traveled through the gallery from George Washington to Obama, we discussed what portraits can tell us about presidential power. And then we lingered at Barack and Michelle’s portraits, admiring their beauty, trying to decipher their meaning and allowing ourselves to be deeply moved. Come linger with us.
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Dylan Weandis a junior at Little Elm High School. He and his family moved to Little Elm 13 years ago. Recently, he was one of the students who traveled with the Little Elm art department to a regional Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. The competition offers an experience for all levels and mediums of art to be part of. It is known to be “extremely competitive.” Weand advanced to the state competition.
Tell us about your family.
I have two siblings. I have an 18-year-old brother, Josh, and an 8-year-old sister, Chloe. My mom, April, and Dad, Gavin, have always supported me with everything I do. I appreciate my family very much.
How are you involved at school?
I am really involved with the theatre program. I am also a part of NHS.
Do you know where you want to go to college, and what you want to study?
I want to go to a Texas college to pursue some sort of acting career. I am also interested in meteorology.
What are your thoughts about advancing to state VASE this year?
Advancing to state has seemed like a crazy dream. I had just hoped to make it to area, so to find out I was going to state was a total shock.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
I don’t take much time to explore a specific artist and all the work they do, so it’s hard to narrow it down. Although, I would have to say my dad inspires me. He has showed me a lot about art, and I loved looking at the work he did. He always motivated me to keep pursuing art.
Where does your inspiration come from?
A lot of my inspiration comes from looking at different styles of art. It just completely blows my mind when I see really unique techniques or messages in the art work. I look at anything from 3D pieces, colorful abstract swirls, face sketches, hyper-realistic charcoal pieces, oil paintings, water color, and even theatre. I just love to look at every type of art when I am creating my own 2D pieces. Also, I believe since I’m so involved in theatre, human expression is a big interest of mine. I just love to explore what emotions I can transfer to paper. Thinking about theatre helps gets my artistic juices flowing.
What is it about art that drew you to it?
I have always taken art classes, and when I would create pieces, they were relatively decent. I wanted to continue to make art because I had a natural talent for it. It just continued to grow and grow, and now it is just a fun and interesting way to express myself.
What kind of art mediums do you enjoy?
I really enjoy using charcoal. I love how dark and dramatic the values can get. It has really helped me develop a more realistic drawing style.
Do you have a routine when you set out to create your art?
Usually after I have gathered some inspiration, I start by picking my method of creating the art (watercolor, charcoal, oil paints) and I pick either a black or white drawing board. (Canvas for painting) After that I lay out all of my tools I typically use and then I start to sketch a contour-line drawing. Lastly, I just starting my tools to drawing each and every detail. I usually start on the place that is most convenient or intriguing.
Do you have any other artistic interests/talents?
I am also interested in the art of theatre. Theatre has been a big part of my life since from fifth grade. I just love creating impactful art and characters that can really connect with the audience.
The next time you need to unstick, untangle, soften, shine, depilate or de-squeak something, try baby oil.
The lightly scented mineral oil is good for dozens of applications that have nothing to do with babies. In fact, having baby oil on hand can spare you from needing to buy an array of single-purpose products — from shave gel to paper-shredder oil — that are generally more expensive.
Following are more than two dozen uses for baby oil that could save you money:
1. Bath oil
I’ve poured it into the tub to soften my winter-weary skin. Note: You must use some cleanser on the tub afterward, or the oily residue could cause the next bather to slip and fall.
Don’t feel like scrubbing an oily tub after every time you bathe to get the baby oil benefits? Towel-dry yourself a little after your bath, and then smooth a little baby oil on your still-damp skin to lock in moisture.
3. Shave-gel substitute
Use a thin layer of baby oil on your legs instead of shave cream or gel (or soap) before shaving.
4. Waxing aid
If you’re waxing brows, legs or, uh, other parts of your body, use a little baby oil afterward to remove any lingering wax.
5. Eye makeup remover
A cotton ball dampened with baby oil takes care of eye shadow and eyeliner without irritating delicate skin.
6. Temporary tattoo remover
Did Junior come home from a birthday party festooned with garish superhero tats? Rub them off with a little baby oil.
7. Nail polish frame © 279photo Studio / Shutterstock.com Multipurpose product
Use a cotton swab to saturate your cuticle perimeters with baby oil before painting your nails. This prevents nail polish from seeping into your cuticles.
8. Cuticle oil
Sushmita Munda writes at makeupandbeauty.com that she uses baby oil on her hands when she gives herself a manicure. Sure, there’s a product called “cuticle oil,” but she never buys it.
9. Lip scrub
Munda also makes a lip scrub by mixing 1 teaspoon of baby oil, ½ teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of lemon juice. Every night before bed she rubs it lightly on her lips to remove dead skin.
10. Massage unguent
Baby oil is an inexpensive alternative to massage oil or cream.
11. Earwax buildup fighter
According to the Mayo Clinic
, you can remove excess earwax buildup with the help of baby oil — as long as you don’t have tubes in your ears or a hole in your eardrum.
First, apply a few drops of oil into your ears to soften the wax. After a day or two, use a rubber-bulb syringe to (gently!) squirt warm water into the ear canal. Tip your head to the side to let the water drain and the wax fall out, then dry your outer ear with a soft towel or a hair dryer.
Note: If the situation doesn’t improve after a few such treatments, see a doctor.
12. Scaly-feet softener
Do your feet look positively lizardlike in the winter? Rub some baby oil on at bedtime, and then don plain white socks. While you sleep, the skin on your feet will soften right up.
13. Ring loosener
Did your hands swell because of pregnancy or air travel? Trickle a little baby oil on the puffy digit and gradually ease off the ring.
14. Necklace detangler
If the pendant you inherited from Grandma is on a knotted chain, rub just a drop of oil onto the tangle, and then pick it apart with a straight pin.
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15. Paint remover
Got latex paint on your hands or arms after painting a room? It might rub right off, or it might embed itself in your knuckles and other skin folds. A post on Instructables.com recommends massaging paint spatters with baby oil in circular motions.
16. Hand degreaser
Working on your car or doing some other greasy job? Baby oil is kinder to your hands than harsh soaps.
17. Steel or chrome shiner
Wipe stainless steel or chrome with a little oil on a soft cloth, and it will shine like a good deed.
18. Wood duster and shiner
Put a small amount of oil on your cloth before dusting, and dust will stick to it. Give the wood a gentle rub with a second (dry) cloth until it gleams.
19. Squeaky-hinge lubricant
A drop or two should do it — and baby oil smells a lot better than WD-40.
20. Soap scum fighter
Coat shower curtains and doors with a small amount of baby oil. Be sure to wipe up any drips so no one slips.
21. Adhesive bandage remover
Time to change the Band-Aid on your kid’s knee? Saturate it with oil and wait awhile; the adhesive should lift right off with no pain.
22. Price sticker remover
If a sticker resists removal from a glass, china or plastic item, rub in some oil and wait a bit. The sticker should peel off much more easily.
Note: Don’t do this on cloth or paper items, as the oil will stain.
23. Golf club polish
Depending on which golf aficionado you talk to, you can protect and shine your clubs with gun oil, WD-40, special golf-club polishes, petroleum jelly, a silicone gun cloth or, yes, baby oil.
24. Dashboard improver
A post on eHow.com
notes that scratches can develop on the plastic lenses covering the odometer and other things on the dashboard of your car. Rub them with a bit of baby oil to improve the look.
25. Zipper fixer
Zipper stuck? Apply baby oil with a cotton ball or swab until the zip returns to a zipper. Avoid staining by being careful not to get the oil on the main fabric of the garment.
26. Leather oil
Rub a little baby oil onto leather shoes or bags to keep them from looking dry.
27. Paper shredder oil
If you have a document shredder — and you should — keep things running smoothly with an occasional oiling. Put a couple of pieces of paper on a baking sheet and squirt on some baby oil. Once the paper has absorbed the oil, run it through the shredder.
28. Bubble gum remover
Kids end up with gum on their skin or in their hair? Rub a small amount of oil into the mess to soften it, and then gradually work it out with a comb.
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Schaumburg Seeks Artist Entries for the Prairie Plein Air Competition and Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show
The Village of Schaumburg is currently seeking artist entries for the 8th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition and the 2018 Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show.
The Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials invites plein air artists to participate in the 8th Annual Plein Air Competition and Show by creating an original plein air painting or drawing of any location within the Village of Schaumburg. Plein air is a French expression that refers to art that is created outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view.
Submitted works will be displayed in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts May 16-June 30, and will coincide with the 31st annual Prairie Arts Festival. This event is open to all plein air artists. Entries are due by Friday, April 13. For additional information including the application, visit bit.ly/2kDsfEG.
The Village of Schaumburg and the Septemberfest Committee cordially invite crafters to participate in the Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show that will be part of the 48th annual Septemberfest held September 1-3.
Craft applications are due online or postmarked by May 1. Eligible crafts and fine arts are inclusive of, but not limited to the following: ceramics, drawings, fabric, floral, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, or woodworking all crafted by the artist. For an application and information about the Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show, visit bit.ly/2jYte5i.
Questions about these events can be directed to Special Events Coordinator Roxane Benvenuti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 923-3605.
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Students in Elgin Academy’s Art for a Cause club have painted 10 portraits of Haitian children to be sent to them as part of the Memory Project.
The Wisconsin-based nonprofit invites art teachers and their students to paint or sketch portraits for youths who have faced challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect and loss of parents. Organizers get photographs of children from global charities operating homes, schools, and care centers worldwide and provide them to participating schools.
Students then create look-alike portraits that are mailed back to the Memory Project to hand deliver to those children who are the subject of the artwork.
Since 2004, Memory Project has created more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries with the goal of helping them feel valued.
For art students, the project offers an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and raises their awareness of global issues, said Joseph Stuart, Elgin Academy art instructor.
“I’m a big advocate that art exists beyond four walls. It’s all around us,” said Stuart, who heads the Art for a Cause club. “This is the first time we’ve done it.”
While students get technical experience painting traditional portraits, they also are sending a message through their work to these children that people care about their plight, Stuart said.
“We recognize who they are as individuals and not as a statistic,” Stuart said.
Stuart selected eight students for the project based on their love for art and empathy toward the cause.
“It was definitely challenging for me,” said senior Xinran Liu, 18, who didn’t have much experience with portraits. She chose to create an oil painting on canvas of a smiling 12-year old girl named Ducee.
“It really kind of touched me,” Liu said. “I kind of got really attached to this girl that I really never met before. I’m trying to create something really joyful.”
Sophomore Claire Noland, 15, used acrylic paint for her portrait of a 11-year old boy named Chery, who had a serious look on his face in the photograph.
“He was staring down the camera looking intimidating,” she said. “I wanted to paint something that was a celebration of the individual. I wanted to show him in a positive viewpoint. It’s kind of cool to have something painted that looks like you. It was kind of a random act of kindness that I enjoyed doing.”
Eastern Illinois University’s Celebration: A Festival of the Arts is looking for participants for its art fair, scheduled for April 21 and 22.
A tradition since 1978, Celebration returns to the Charleston campus after a two-year absence. The annual spring arts festival was canceled in 2016 and 2017 because of the fiscal crisis facing the state of Illinois.
The event will be conducted near the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the EIU campus.
Featured will be artists’ work in ceramics, pottery, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, painting, fibers and mixed media. Only original work is featured at the show. An online application can be obtained on the Celebration website at eiu.edu/celebration.
Festival organizers are also looking for artists to demonstrate how they create their art.
The festival has space for 50 12-foot by 12-foot art booths.
Art show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22.
In addition to the two-day art show, the festival will feature outdoor and indoor stages featuring live music performances, theater presentations, children’s art activities, exhibitions and food vendors.
Admission will free. The event will go on rain or shine.
The art show application deadline is April 6. For more information, contact the festival planning office at 217-581-8513 or email email@example.com.
Celebration is sponsored by the Eastern Illinois University College of Arts and Humanities in conjunction with the city of Charleston and the Campaign for Celebration.
I have had this Whitney Hubbard oil painting for many years and would like to know its value. It is small, measuring 8 inches by 9½ inches. I read that Mr. Hubbard would paint on old pieces of wood or anything that was available. I am afraid I haven’t taken good care of the painting over the years and it has a couple of spots where the paint has chipped.
D.S., Little Rock, Arkansas
There is no question this is a sweet painting by Long Island, New York, artist Whitney Myron Hubbard. The Impressionist style is right, the signature is right, the subject matter is right. And the paper label on the back —“June Morning – L.I. Sound by Whitney M. Hubbard, Greenport, Long Island, -. Y (the “N” is missing) — does not hurt.
The biographical data available on Hubbard is fairly basic, and the same information seems to be repeated time after time. He was born in Middleton, Conn., in 1875, his family moved to Greenport, Long Island — we believe in 1888 — but Hubbard returned to Middleton to attend and graduate from Wesleyan University.
From 1899 to 1902, Hubbard taught school on Long Island but decided he wanted to be a full-time painter. Hubbard became a member of the Art Students League in New York, and his teacher was Frank Vincent DuMond, who introduced Hubbard to plein air (outdoor) painting during summers spent in Lyme, Conn. It is said he may have studied with Childe Hassam, who arrived in 1903.
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Hubbard exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Chicago Art Institute and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, but the Great Depression hampered his career. It is reported he was head of the art department at the Suffolk Conservatory of Music and Art from 1935 to 1940, and he and his wife lived a simple life in Greenport until Hubbard’s death in 1965.
At his death, his art was not appreciated and sold for only a small amount of money. But art dealer Melvin Kitchin promoted his work, and today, his work does bring respectable if not spectacular prices. He painted landscapes and marine scenes associated with his home on Long Island. He also painted some portraits, and we found one cityscape of New York City.
D.S.’ statement that her painting had “a couple of spots where the paint has chipped” is a bit misleading because we see a large loss in the center of the scene that is quite glaring. We also observe what may be a loss on the rocks in the foreground. These are serious problems, and while we think they can be repaired, the job will be expensive, and this will reduce the value of the painting considerably.
Hubbard is known for his small paintings, and the size of the piece is the rule rather than the exception. It appears to be on artist board or perhaps Masonite, but we could find no reference to Hubbard painting on old pieces of wood. In perfect condition, this beautiful, impressionistic seascape with sailboat might have brought as much as $1,200 at auction. But with the damage, we feel that would be reduced by as much as three-quarters.
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The 2018 installment of the Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival will be held in Buffalo July 27 and 28. Organizers of the event, which will take place at locations within Buffalo’s Cobblestone District, have recently unveiled the lineup for the 2nd annual Cobblestone Live.
Canadian indie rock ensemble Broken Social Scene top the lineup along with The Sheepdogs and Turkuaz. Buffalo’s own Aqueous will perform twice over the course of the two-day event. Chicano Batman, Golf Clap, Andy Frasco & The U.N. and Madaila are among the other acts on the bill, which also features a super jam led by Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carruba. Check out the full lineup in the graphic below.
This year’s festival will feature over 30 acts performing across five stages. Local food trucks and vendors will be available as well as beer, wine, cider and beverage tents. General Admission & VIP tickets are on sale now via the event’s website.
If you tug at the threads of art genres hard enough they’ll all eventually collapse into a knotted, indistinguishable mess. Does a portrait have to feature a person? Does a still life have to be still? Does a landscape have to be oblong? No, none of those things. And now, over the course of the spring, three major London institutions are giving themselves over to British-European artist Tacita Dean, a serial artistic thread-puller, each focusing on a different genre. But with all those boundaries being overstepped, is this trio of shows going to make any sense?
In ‘Portrait’ at the National Portrait Gallery (‘Still Life’ at the National Gallery and ‘Landscape’ at the Royal Academy are the others), the corridors are lined with photos of the great abstract painter Cy Twombly’s studio. There are endless little details; brushes, sponges, marks and mistakes. It’s still life photography as portrait, the remnants of a man’s work as a vision of himself.
The rest of the works are made up of her film portraits, all analogue celluloid creaminess and fluttering projectors in pitch-black rooms. There’s David Hockney cackling and having a fag, Julie Mehretu painting a mural, Mario Merz holding a pine cone. They’re nice and all, but is anything extra given to them through the movement of film that you wouldn’t get through a static portrait? You get a sense of falseness, of faking it for the camera, or of a sort of BBC 4 documentary aesthetic. Hockney’s laugh gives a shudder of sadness to his piece, and the works function neatly as things in themselves, but it’s hard to see them as effective portraits.
The only piece that really works is the room of five screens dedicated to choreographer Merce Cunningham holding poses in response to his partner John Cage’s iconic silent ‘4:33’. The projectors’ flutter turns to a roar in here, you’re swallowed by the film and the darkness. Cunningham is doing this as a performance intended for the camera, it’s a portrait through his art. It’s intentional, not false, and it’s overwhelming. His body seems to creak, his bones seem to crack, there’s heartbreak and quiet sorrow snapping through the air. It’s a stutteringly brilliant portrait.
Anyone can paint beautiful watercolors — even you!
Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will offer the “Wonderful World of Wine &Watercolor” workshop from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.
DeLucrezia will teach participants how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduce them to all the basic techniques needed to create a lovely painting of their pictures. Techniques covered will include basic palette setup, color theory and mixing, masking, wet in wet, texturizing and how to create depth, highlights and shadows.
During the class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines from Grapes – A Wine Store in Hilo.
DeLucrezia majored in art at the State University of New York as a photographer and printmaker. She has painted with watercolors for more than 25 years, and has curated a Japanese art gallery in New York City, designed public relations campaigns for several arts organizations and developed a series of drawing and painting classes for children as well as an art therapy curriculum for adults.
Before moving to the Big Island, she was a member of the Santa Barbara Watercolor Society and Working Artists Ventura, where she produced and participated in numerous art and theatrical events. She also served as director of art programs for Turning Point Foundation and taught watercolor painting to adults with special needs.
Cost is $35 or $30 for VAC members plus a $17 supply fee. A still life photo will be provided for students to paint.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.
On Monday, March 12, more than a dozen demonstrators entered the Louvre museum in Paris and laid down in front of Theodore Géricault’s iconic oil painting The Raft of Medusa, 1818–19, in protest of the French oil and gas company Total and its sponsorship of the institution.
The activists, who were dressed in all black, pretended to collapse on the ground in front of the artwork while some members of the group decried the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the environment. They remained in place, interrupting visitor traffic in the museum, for two hours. The action prompted the Louvre’s staffers to evacuate the Salle Mollien room, which is in the Denon Wing on the first floor of the institution. The gallery also features other French Romantic works, including Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, 1830.
Organized by the Paris-based collective Libérons le Louvre (Free the Louvre), which is led by the American NGO 350.org, the action is the latest in a series of protests the group has performed at the museum. Last year, its members created a symbolic oil spill in front of the famed Hellenistic sculpture the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The collective also launched an online petition calling for the Louvre to sever ties with the fossil fuel industry.
“We will carry on staging performances until the Louvre ends its partnership with Total,” Alejandra, a member of Libérons le Louvre, said. “It’s totally unacceptable that the museum enables Total to project a veneer of virtue, through its sponsorship and investment in arts and culture, while at the same time the company continues to put lives and ecosystems at risk, throughout the world. This partnership cannot be reconciled with the museum’s stated public mission and moral responsibility.”
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You may be familiar with portrait photography, but have you ever had the pleasure of experiencing the fine art form? If you haven’t, it’s time you did. Fine art portrait photography has exploded in the luxury portraiture photography market in recent years. The results are superbly evocative and make simply stunning wall art.
Fine art portrait photographers are, in fact, artists. There is a high level of perception and skill that goes into creating fine art portrait images in the digital world. It takes a highly skilled and specialist photographer to do this well. It’s all about creative vision.
To get a feel for what fine art portrait photography involves, we’ve explored the subject a little and put together some posing tips. Let’s start with what we think fine art is.
What is Fine Art?
Mark Isarin | Conceptual fine-art and portrait photographer
Fine art is visual art considered to be something created for aesthetic or intellectual value rather than practical purpose. According to the Oxford dictionary, fine art is:
- Creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content
- An activity requiring great skill or accomplishment
Fine art is essentially an art form practiced for its beauty. It’s all about why it was created and comes from a concept or idea derived from the artist. There is a difference between commercial and fine art. The purpose of fine art is to simply exist. Historically, fine art encompassed painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry, but now includes photography, too.
What Is a Portrait Photograph?
A portrait photograph is an image of a person or a group of people, with the face (or faces), facial features, and expression as the main focus of attention. Traditional poses can be just head and shoulders, half body length, or full body. Importantly, portrait photography attempts to capture the character and unique attributes of the subject. The art is in capturing the personality of the subject.
Portrait photography is all about a technically perfect composition. It’s a skill that requires patience and practice. Bringing out a person’s character in front of the camera, without them reverting to a “photo face,” is the essence of good portrait photography. A portrait photograph isn’t a candid shot. It’s carefully planned and rehearsed. The outfit, the props, the location, the angle of the shot, and the pose are all prepared before the shoot.
What Is Fine Art Portrait Photography?
Let’s start with what fine art photography isn’t. It’s not a photograph capturing an event or a memory without artistic motivation. It’s not photojournalism.
In fine art photography, the photographer is the artist, and the recording of the subject is not the main purpose. Making an artistic statement is. A fine art portrait image is created by the photographer as an artist and not just by the camera. The photographer’s vision is central to the resulting shot.
A fine art portrait photograph is intended for wall art. It can sometimes be described as “décor photography” or “photo décor.” This style of photography stands in contrast to documentary-style photojournalism in which subjects and events are captured to represent reality.
Fine art portrait photography delivers maximum impact and depicts emotion in a vivid and distinctive style. These portraits are timeless and capture the essence of the subject’s character in a vision created by the photographer. The photographer may use location, props, or surreal lighting to manipulate the image to the one he or she is trying to achieve.
Ultimately, fine art portrait photographs are the family heirlooms of the future. This is art for art’s sake. The finest specimens are in which the subject seems amazingly real when the photograph is positioned just in front of you.
Best Posing Techniques for Fine Art Portraits
Posing is a strong element in fine art portrait photography. It’s what separates the great from the good. No matter how expensive of a kit photographers have, if they can’t direct your pose, they won’t capture the great photograph you are hoping for. Basic posing techniques for great fine art portraits include:
- Creating separation between the arms and the body
- Tucking the arms in, moving them back far enough to hide the upper arm
- Forcing the chin away from the neck
- Arching the back
- Dropping the shoulders
- Tilting the head back
- Twisting the body
- Making motion believable
- Creating shape
If you like the idea of your image hanging in your ancestor’s hallway, then a fine art portrait photograph is a must. To find the photographer that is right for you, be sure to check out image portfolios. Go with the one that evokes the most emotion in you.
If you’ve been wanting to learn more about watercolor and the techniques to use to achieve the beautiful, luminous effects that only watercolors paints are capable of, join us in our upcoming class! Your amazing instructor, Susan Chiang of Rae and Lily, will walk you through the basics and also dive deeper into color mixing, brush techniques, and how to apply those skills when painting.
At the end of the class, you’ll learn how to digitize your watercolor art so that it can be shared and used as prints, digital wallpapers, and more.
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Not sure if this class is for you? Susan notes that both beginners and intermediate watercolor artists can take this course. In it, you’ll explore more about colors, techniques, and how to apply them to get specific results with their watercolor paintings.
By the end of this course, students will know how to:
- Use the three most popular watercolor techniques (like wet-on-dry)
- Paint colorful fruits like strawberries and lemon slices
- Import their watercolor artwork for digitization in Adobe Photoshop
- Create vectors of individual slices so you can arrange your watercolor art the way you want it
Your final project will be a beautiful watercolor print that you can use as a print or share online.
And hey, if you’re looking for a great beginner watercolor painting class, you can start with our Watercolor Painting online class with the amazing Jenna Rainey, and then take your skills to the next level with our upcoming Watercolor Painting + Digitization course that launches March 15.
Don’t forget to pre-register for our upcoming course here. We’ll send you an email when the class is live!
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Intro Palette Knife Oil Painting – NEW COURSE with Artisan Mixable oils by Winsor Newton. Soap and Water clean up. COMMENT – OIL below if you are interested in this course and check out the offer –
Sign up HERE FOR SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: This online course is for Beginners interested in oil painting without the Hazards of dangerous solvents. This is a project based. In this course we will cover just the basics, step by step instructions. this impressionistic seascape using a palette knife.I will be using the Artisan Water Mixable Oil Brand by Winsor and Newton in the Demo Painting.
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