Artist's Back to Basics7 min read
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):
Artist's Back to Basics5 min read
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
Artist's Back to Basics4 min read
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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Elena Parashko Gallery
Elena Parashko Gallery was established in 2004 – initially as an online gallery at www.elenaparashko.com – and has since evolved into much more. Beginning with an online gallery was an affordable and manageable way to establish myself as an emerging
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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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Wildlife Art
By James Luck 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. “As far back as I can remember, I have always painted and drawn birds and animals.” I pa
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Purple Swamp Hens
By James Luck 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 vi
Artist's Back to Basics5 min read
Elena Parashko Gallery
Contributed by Elena Parashko Elena Parashko Gallery was established in 2004 – initially as an online gallery at www.elenaparashko.com – and has since evolved into much more. Beginning with an online gallery was an affordable and manageable way to es
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Brushes Stokes
“Most of the problems we face with our brushwork can be solved by knowing what you want your brush to do and then knowing the principles well.” In the last issue, we discussed how many of us don’t really have an inkling of what is possible with our b
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Creating a Space
by M.A Hunt In the last issue, we looked at the importance of light and the ways in which you can use the lighting in your studio to enhance your painting. In this issue, I would like to discuss the fundamental question of space. Not everyone has the
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The History Of Pencils
by M.A Hunt “In spite of everything I shall rise again: I shall take up my pencil which I have forsaken in my great discouragement and I will go on with my drawing.” Vincent Van Gogh What an amazing invention the pencil is. We take it for granted, bu
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Is There a Painting Here?
By Phil Frankel Greetings! Human beings learn by comparison (last time I touched something red, I burnt my finger). I frequently question my actions, as well as other people’s, in a non critical and non judgemental way. I do this so that I can clearl
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Materials and Equipment (Part 1)
By Brett A. Jones “Some of my freehand works in graphite take over 500 hours from start to finish so great care has to be taken during that time not to do anything that will damage or cause deterioration to the all important piece of paper ...” In th
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Artists’ Paints
“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” Vincent van Gogh Imagine a product designed by Australian artists for Australian artists. This concept is what the Roymac brand prides itself on. Roymac creates colour products that you will love to
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