Creative Artist2 min letti
Follow your Heart
I can´t really answer why I started photography, it was more a matter of if. I think I have always had an artistic side to me; when I was young I did draw a little and loved doing so, but that fell away through the school years, only for me to pick i
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Shooting Flash on Location
Modern cameras do a great job of shooting in most lighting conditions. Even very low light conditions are easily handled by modern DSLR sensors. There are always times though where you need more light, and a portable flash is great for these situatio
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Artist & Curator
Braden Duncan is an artist and curator by trade, imperfect by choice, and a cog in the machine of human mythology by default. She draws her inspiration from the peculiar minutiae of the human form, symbolism and mythology, the empty spaces left by mi
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Raven Wing: A Study in Clockwork
Draw out the composition in pencil and fix it to a rigid surface with artist’s tape. Artist tape detaches more cleanly than masking tape, and taping down the composition ensures that it remains flat and that any excess water is contained. Using a sat
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Looking at Monet
The autumn exhibition at the lower Belvedere’s Orangery was devoted to Claude Monet, one of the principal practitioners of Impressionism, and the profound impact of his painting on Austrian art. Besides Edouard Manet, the Viennese art scene of the la
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Juan Muñoz
The Marian Goodman Gallery recently held an exhibition of selected works by Juan Muñoz from 1984-2001. Curated by Russell Ferguson, it was accompanied by a catalogue. Three key works by Muñoz were featured: the sculptural installations Thirteen Laugh
Creative Artist2 min lettiSelf-Improvement
Tree of Life
Since Adam and Eve were both sent down to the Earth because of the forbidden fruit, the endless story starts and will remain forever as the Tree of life story. Man and woman. What are they, and why, each alone and if together? How much they are alike
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Scratchboarding: The Tattoo Needle
I find scratchboard to be such a fabulous medium. It’s incredibly versatile – you can colour it or have it black and white, you can use it expressively or for fine intricate detail and you can use a variety of tools to get exactly the effect you wish
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A Demonstration in Imagination
I had the urge to doodle and draw from a young age, which was an unformed process until I met an artist who lived on the street where we lived. I had always been a rational person, tending toward science rather than the arts, and had started a physic
Creative Artist5 min letti
Always with Passion
I’m unable to recall the “beginning” of my creative pursuit, as I have been deeply involved with visual arts since early childhood. Early on I used “amature” materials and simple mediums, such as school markers for comic strips and No 2 pencils for s
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Artist’s Hints & Tips
I learned very early on the importance and value of preparing a canvas properly. The first practical step in any work is to build the stretcher, a wooden frame made usually either of processed pine or cedar. I like to use a 38mm high profile with a r
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A Penny For Your Thoughts
Today I’m visiting outstanding artist Penny Maddison in her rammed earth studio high in the Darling Range, east of Perth, Western Australia. I love that feeling you get as you climb into the Perth hills, leaving the restless city far below to its own
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Eastern's Lake Vacation
Once you have a prepared canvas, it's time to start your work. I start by drawing up the basic large shapes with a Chinagraph pencil. I work from top to bottom and from back to the front of the picture. For example, in a landscape the furthest aspect
Creative Artist6 min letti
From The Drawing Board
Hi Brett, I always have trouble starting a drawing off. How do you go from blank paper to the first stages of a drawing? best regards, Myra. Hi Myra, You have to be able to see the overall composition as one big abstract shape and establish its hig
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Lethbridge Gallery
Operators of the Lethbridge Gallery believe that a valuable and fulfilling part of making art and exhibiting it is to meet the people who are moved by their creations. This gallery’s philosophy is that meeting the purchasers makes a fulfilling link b
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An Extreme Form of Daydreaming
As a teenager I loved painting and did a lot of it. I was encouraged by others and earned money from it. Selling artwork supported my teenage fashion habit and this was naturally a great motivator. I even won art prizes and had my work displayed in P
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Weekend Walk
I haven’t painted a beach painting for some time, and thought it an ideal subject for a painting demonstration. I needed new source photos for the painting, so I organised family members and their dogs to meet me at the local Perth dog exercise beach
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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 letti
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
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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
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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
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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
Creative Artist5 min letti
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
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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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