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Detailed Subjects on White Background
If you are painting a botanical art or natural history subject on a white background, ensure your work is protected at all times. Oils from your hand can leave greasy marks on the watercolour paper which are impossible to remove as they are absorbed
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For Your Info
John Gillies was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was educated at St Andrew’s College, Christchurch; and served with the Combined Services Medical Team and the First Australian Logistic Support Group in South Vietnam from December 1969 to Februa
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Just a Girl
• Pure Cotton Duck Canvas –18 x 24 inches. Triple Primed with Acrylic Gesso; acid free; staple free edge. • Artists’ Acrylic Paints: White; Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Red; Burnt Sienna; Raw Umber; Cobalt Blue. • Art Spectrum Oil Paints (Professional Quali
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“More Magic Tricks”
In the last article we looked at what an indispensible proportional judgement tool the pencil in your hand can be in the process of creating an accurate freehand line drawing. There are other techniques in the same vein that don’t require anything bu
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Brush Strokes
We can create a completely different image using the same techniques with subtle differences. Because I’m often asked how I make water look realistic, I thought we would bury the techniques in an exercise, AND at the same time get a basic understandi
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Painting Humanity
Remia Montayre Homuk is originally from the Philippines town of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. After moving to Sydney in 1984, she married and continued to follow her clear artistic destiny. This lady is a natural artist. She was born with the artis
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Setting Up Your Space
Along, long time ago in the land of brown robed Christian Brothers and black and white Nuns, I lived in a world of Times Tables, Logic, English Grammar and the monotonous repetition of historical dates and facts. In this world, Art took a back seat o
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Making a Painting
Greetings fellow artists. In Issue 2-3, I posed the question “Is there a painting here?” I presented my thoughts as to why people express dissatisfaction with their end result of copying pictures; and why, no matter how good it turned out, it could n
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Artists’ Canvas And Other Substrates
A unique and beautiful pastel support available is the premium quality Schmincke Sansfix pastel paper. Prepared on 360gsm acid free paper, the superfine coating of grit on the surface allows layers and layers of pastel to be put down – whilst retaini
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Nothing But The Best
I have reached the magical French milestone of being ‘a woman of a certain age’. My life began in Sydney quite a few years ago. Now I live an almost idyllic life with my husband Tom … on our hill near the Queensland town of Agnes Water 1770. Five yea
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A History of Pigments
Pigments are the basis of all paint, formed originally by using different colours of ground clay, earth and rocks. They were made into a paint medium by mixing with animal fat or human saliva. For such an interesting and fertile subject, there is onl
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Magic Pencil Tricks
When it comes to freehand drawing, the pencil in your hand is so much more than simply the means of making marks on the paper. It’s also an absolutely indispensible tool that allows you to make any number of proportional judgements in the course of t
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Fired Art Gallery and Retreat
I love the human body, it seems … because I return to it time after time in sculpture, painting and drawing. Maybe I got the bug from poring over ‘Gombrich’ or ‘The History of Art’ – both long time art reference books – losing myself in fascination w
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Down the Barcoo
• East Art stretched canvas – 30 x 40 inches. • Atelier Gesso Primer – White. • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours. • Floor easel. • Sandpaper – P240 and P400. • Faithful gesso brush. • Vine charcoal. • Kneadable eraser. • Workable Matt Fixative. •
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Depicting People
I first decide what it is I am attempting to achieve. I need to interview the subject and decide what characteristics of the subject I wish to express. I need to consider the attitude/disposition, facial features, clothing/uniform; and the social, pr
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True Conservationist
Dailan Pugh was born in 1955 in Melbourne, Victoria; and raised in a shack built by his parents in bushland at Dunmoochin, near Hurstbridge on the outskirts of the city. The shack evolved into a rambling house as he grew. He currently lives and works
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Green Turtle on Ribbon Reef
My approach to artworks is primarily influenced by both the subject matter and the medium I am using. Nothing can be truer than the saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when it is applied to our marine environment. While we are drawn to its shores and
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All In The Preparation
By now you should have your basic sketching and compositional skills happening, your drawing gear and studio area organized and your own artistic philosophy and commitment level worked out and warmed up. Time now to talk about the finer points of the
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Beyond Paradise
One of the highlights of my annual painting workshop at Daku Resort in Fiji is to enjoy the tropical vegetation and beautiful flowers. My favourite is the hibiscus which comes in a fantastic array of colour combinations with some flowers even being t
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Brush Strokes
We’ll limit our brushes to two! This will encourage us to investigate the capabilities of these brushes, hopefully in a deeper way than you have before. Let’s start. Dish out a healthy slab of each of the following (in this order from left to right):
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Essential Storage Ideas Works on Paper
We need it all. From our precious creations to our expensive and much loved equipment, its all very important, essential, and vital for our artistic practice. For painters, printmakers and sculptors and those who draw, there can be quite an accumulat
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I Can’t Draw a Straight Line
Greetings! Have you ever seen someone hypnotized? They often do strange things such as acting as if their foot is glued to the floor. Have you hypnotized yourself into not being able to draw? How many times have I heard people say “I can’t even draw
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Artists’ Paints
Artist Tom Robb prepared this article about a wonderful artists’ product which he tested recently. The article first appeared in the November issue of ‘the Artist’ magazine and it has been reproduced with their permission. Daler-Rowney introduced the
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A History of Pastels
There really is nothing quite as exciting as opening the lid of a new wooden box to reveal the resonating beautiful colours of pastels, they almost whisper “potential”. Artists love pastels because of their extraordinary colour range and for their im
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Materials and Equipment – Part 2
Ok, in the last article we got through three of the main hand tools necessary to draw in freehand. To re-cap these are: Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2B drafting pencils, a stock of vinyl erasers cut into strips and wrapped in paper, and a surgically clea
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Artists’ Brushes
A good brush – what makes you love it? Have you ever stopped to consider how your favourite brush came to be in you hand? The making of a brush is a skilled craft, even on a mass production level. An expert brush maker rarely trims the pointed ends o
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Wildlife Art
My life began in Sydney, in 1966. I now live and work in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. I have had my home here for the past 29 years. I paint at home in my studio. For two years after I left school, I had lessons with local artist Tex Mo
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Purple Swamp Hens
This particular painting was commissioned for someone moving overseas. The scene depicts the view from their family home. The client wanted the dam, windmill and gum tree in the painting. The swamp hens in the foreground are frequent visitors to the
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