Inspiration

Artful inspiration, studio notes and interesting blog bits 
that may inspire your creative muse!
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Watercolor by Ray Campbell-Smith


What Shall I Paint?
From inspiration to composition and several steps in between.  Professional Artist Ray Campbell-Smith discusses the importance of being selective when composing a painting.  

"Most artists are naturally inspired by subjects with strong visual appeal which almost cry out to be painted, but there are occasionally times when we want to paint but have no particular subject in mind and may even suffer from the artistic equivalent of 'writer's block'."    In this article, Campbell-Smith points out landscape composition changes that can turn an unimpressive scene into a more interesting composition.
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Oil by Johannes Vloothuis

Tip of the Week from Johannes Vloothuis
Johannes Vloothuis is a Canadian born artist who specializes in landscape painting in watercolor and oils. Besides painting, he has been teaching for over 20 years and feels proud for having helped so many amateur artists turn into professionals. He doesn't believe talent is necessary to become a good artist. Correct guidance and constant practice will achieve great results.  Each week he publishes a handy art tip on his website covering topics such as Controlling Wet on Wet Watercolor, Quick and Easy Way to Erase Watercolor Mistakes, Easy clean up with Oils and this clever idea......

Visualize your painting first
If you buy canvases at your local art store, chances are they already are wrapped in plastic. You can use a magic marker and draw the main masses on that wrapping before doing it on the bare canvas.

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 "Wheaton & Hollis Hotel", Russell Black, watercolor
On Being Creative
Knowing what you want to paint and why are the most important considerations in planning a painting. Be creative. Be different.

I often speak about doing something different with your work and not painting exactly what you see out there. It comes down to this, we tend to copy and report instead of interpret or express. This often happens to beginning artists (and some long timers as well). It is easy to copy from a photo. ....our job as artists is to be creative, if for no other reason than for our work to be different than everything else out there.  Read the entire article by Russell Black


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"A Gentle Breeze" by Kimberly Kelly Santini
Working thru the Uglies
Have you ever had a painting that sunk deep into
"The Uglies" ... that stage where the artist is still working things out, and nothing quite yet meshes or works visually?    Reading this blog post from Kimberly Kelly Santini (Painting a Dog a Day) as she struggles with "A Gentle Breeze" may lift your spirits and inspire you to keep going!
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Valentine's Day Rose Challenge
posted by Qiang Huang
Challenge Yourself at Daily Paint Works!

The DailyPaintWorks challenge is a new website about sharing, learning, and fun.  Each challenge consists of an image - either a photo or a painting - and a description or instructions.   Anyone can participate by submitting an entry to any challenge - there are no deadlines!    As a bonus, your DPW challenge entries will be displayed with prices and links for purchase.  No fees or commissions.



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