Thursday, 18 December 2014

Realism - watch and weep

Can you believe this extraordinary talent?!

How does one paint from small to much larger? How does one expand on detail to this extent? Is a magnifying glass used, or what?

This is not a photograph:

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Royalty scheme for Australian artists: 5 per cent of the sale price when their work is re-sold "...Artists from across Australia are lobbying the Federal Government to retain the royalty scheme that gives them extra income when their artworks are re-sold. Reg Mombassa, famous for his Mambo imagery and his band Mental As Anything, is one of 70 artists who have written to Arts Minister George Brandis imploring him to support the retention of the scheme, which gives them 5 per cent of the sale price when their work is re-sold..."

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Ephemeral art - on the beach

A lovely community service by Andres Amador.

I live at the beach, & this inspires me!

Click on the above links to see more!

The effect of ~45 different drugs on creative output?

Don't try THIS at home - or anywhere!

"...artist Bryan Lewis Saunders pushed himself to the limit when he decided to take a different drug every day for a few weeks. Not only was he not sober, but he also drew a self-portrait of himself while under the influence of these drugs each day..."

I'd rather paint completely sober, myself!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Galaxy tutorial

How to paint a galaxy on your black clothing! Read the comments too, for some good tips.

This reminds me of a spaced out spray paint artist in Brisbane's Queen Street mall about a decade ago. I suspect he breathed in too many fumes.

Would you like galaxy nails to match?

Friday, 3 May 2013

Gradient technique

Maybe you already know and use this gradient technique, but I didn't.

Yes, I know this is a nail art tutorial - but this method can be used in painting on canvas and paper too, not just on nails.

Here's the link.

Feel free to post what you come up with, if you try it.

Friday, 11 January 2013

First portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge - video!

First portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge - video of the artist with portrait!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Useful painting tools?

These painting tools look useful, I'd like to try them:

Lisa Schmitz, the owner of Whispers From the Moon, shows us how to use Catalyst Blades and Wedges with heavy body acrylic paints and mediums. As an artist and clinical therapist, Lisa draws upon a variety of body-centered modalities, indigenous ceremony and creative expression. Lisa loves using heavy body paints and mediums to cover large areas of canvas, then working back in with color & texture detail. Located in the Historic Oak Park Art District, Whispers From the Moon is a haven for creative expression and personal awareness.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Another kind of visual art

It's visual art...just not the usual variety you see here!

It's July Nail Art Ideas - by Orlando makeup artist, Amber Norell. 

Monday, 27 February 2012

Carved books, by Brian Dettmer

"Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.
Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms."

 See Brian Dettmer's work here.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

"Mind blowing painting skills"

(Check out this stop-motion video featuring Thijme Termaat, a Dutch artist.)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Illustrators: Creative Nonfiction?

This is from my inbox, I hope it's legit:

The quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction is seeking an Australia-based
artist to illustrate our upcoming fall 2012 issue, Creative Nonfiction
#46, and we hope you’ll encourage your blog readers, or anyone else who
might be interested, to apply.

We’ll consider various types of media — line drawings, collage,
watercolors, etc. — and welcome all styles of interpretation well suited
to a print format. The chosen artist will work closely with our editorial
and design staff to create 8 to 10 original designs that will be featured
on the cover and interior of the magazine.

Creative Nonfiction has an international circulation of 7,000, so this is
a great opportunity for an Australian artist (student or professional) to
have their work seen by a large audience. The chosen artist will also be
profiled for at least three months on CNF’s website, which attracts nearly
13,000 visitors per month, and this issue will be launched at the 2012
Melbourne Writers Festival.

Interested artists should upload a resume and three low-resolution jpeg
samples of their best work no later than 11:59 PM (GMT) on March 16, 2012.
A link to an electronic portfolio is also preferred.

To apply or see more details, go here:

Thanks for your time.


Jasmine Turner
Editorial Assistant
Creative Nonfiction
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Viewing a beautiful work of art

"...viewing a beautiful work of art creates the same chemical response as love. Both experiences trigger the feel-good chemical dopamine..."