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Art, Creativity, & Painting

How to Paint with Layers – in Acrylic & Oil

How to Paint with Layers – in Acrylic & Oil

To capture rich depth and atmosphere in my paintings, I use layering techniques, applying one layer over another, until the final effect I want is achieved. My paintings shown above and below are created this way using multiple layers. The process of layering while...

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Oil Pastel – A Great Medium for Painters!

Oil Pastel – A Great Medium for Painters!

Oil Pastels are Versatile Oil pastels are still my number one favorite medium, even though I also paint with acrylic and oil. When working with oil pastels I feel as if I am able to combine both painting and drawing qualities using just this one medium.   Oil...

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Contemporary Painting Surfaces for Artists

Contemporary Painting Surfaces for Artists

Customize Your Painting Surface Did you know that by changing your painting surface, prior to painting, you can gain all kinds of advantages? Instead of using a store-bought canvas, as is to paint on, here are some ideas you might enjoy, to customize your surface. To...

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Our Innate Creativity

Our Innate Creativity

  BE AN ARTIST RIGHT NOW! A Ted Talk by Young-ha Kim I love watching the videos from Ted Talks. It's addictive! There's an incredible range of topics, each limited to about 15 minutes, offering the finest in the Art of Persuasion! One in particular, about...

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How to Apply Gold Leaf

How to Apply Gold Leaf

Landscape & Galactic Dust, 48" x 60", acrylic & gold leaf on panel   How to Apply Gold Leaf - especially for acrylic & oil painters If you've seen my website and other blog articles, you probably figured out that I really really like gold leaf! I...

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Special Award Winner Donna Gillispie

Special Award Winner Donna Gillispie

Artist: Donna Gillispie, Lake View No. 1, 4' x 12', mixed media and wood panels Photo Credit: Linda Edge-Dunlap I was recently given the honor of presenting an artist award for the online exhibition HerStory 2017 Art Exhibition, curated by Renee Phillips, Director of...

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Free Your Creativity

Free Your Creativity

  Interview with Nancy Reyner on creativity This was recorded February 23, 2017, and is part of Julie Merritt’s Mindfully Alive Retreat, an online series of artist interviews about creativity. Nancy explains how all artists have creative blocks, which are a...

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Making a Living with Your Art!

Making a Living with Your Art!

  How to make money with art Making art is my career. It pays my bills while also being very fulfilling. Lately I've been asked to talk on panels and seminars on the topic of making a living with your art. This 26 minute interview,  was part of an online series...

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Conversations with Artists

Conversations with Artists

AUDIO INTERVIEW This podcast is from a series of inspiring conversations with artists on Art Fusion Radio, a live radio program from Santa Fe on KVSF 101.5 FM. The series features interviews with Santa Fe artists and musicians, hosted by Ron Whitmore, co-owner of...

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Best Grid Technique for Large Scale Painting

Best Grid Technique for Large Scale Painting

Best Way to Enlarge a Painting My favorite technique to paint large is to start with a small scale model, and then use a grid technique I invented that I call the String-Grid Method. Most painting processes fall into either of two categories - control or surprise....

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Painting Secrets to Create Your Masterpiece

Painting Secrets to Create Your Masterpiece

What rivets attention to a master painting? Art that breaks the rules, shows a fresh perspective and speaks from your heart. Learn electrifying skills, rarely taught in art schools to fuel creative thinking and achieve your masterworks with Nancy Reyner's newest book...

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