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Create Original Paintings from Photographs

Create Original Paintings from Photographs

Using Photos as references for unique paintings Artists are always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Browsing through the internet in search of images, glancing through art books or a visit to galleries and museums are common ways to get our imagination in gear....

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Painting Waves & Clouds with Acrylic Paint

Painting Waves & Clouds with Acrylic Paint

My head is always in the clouds - literally! I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the elevation is 7200 feet. The vast skies and ever changing cloud formations here inspire many of my paintings. I use three different painting techniques to create the ocean waves in my...

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Best Painting Surfaces for Artists

Best Painting Surfaces for Artists

how to choose a painting surface There are a wide variety of surface choices to use for painting art. First choose between the two most popular choices - canvas or wood. While these are the most common, there are other more unusual choices such as plastic, metal,...

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How to make acrylic paint look like enamel

How to make acrylic paint look like enamel

  The Look of Enamel When I think of the word “enamel” a vision comes to mind of a beautifully smooth brushless glossy surface. The word is now commonly used for a variety of paint types, and I’ll avoid getting too technical here - as I’d rather focus on the...

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New Techniques with Interference Acrylic Paint

New Techniques with Interference Acrylic Paint

What is this crazy paint called Interference? I love to invent with paint to discover new special effects. There are special paints called Interference that create very unusual and highly refractive color shifts. One technique I came up with, that uses these paints I...

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Wet in Wet Acrylic Painting Techniques

Wet in Wet Acrylic Painting Techniques

What is a wet-in-wet painting technique? Once you apply paint, or mediums, onto your painting surface, it stays wet for a certain amount of time. Let's call this your first paint layer. The time this layer stays wet varies according to the type of paint or medium you...

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Gold Leaf Painting Show – critics pics

Gold Leaf Painting Show – critics pics

Critics review - gold leaf paintings Gold leaf paintings by Nancy Reyner, were on view at the Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA and received the following review in the critics pics section of the Boston Globe.  Wednesday, December 19, 2012  NANCY REYNER &...

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Right Brain, Left Brain & Creativity

Right Brain, Left Brain & Creativity

  About our brain sides For artists it is helpful to understand our brain with its two very different halves. These halves each have a different hard wiring, or different goals, for us. It's as if both sides have their own voice, and in speaking to us give us...

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Painting with Acrylic Skins

Painting with Acrylic Skins

What is an acrylic skin? It’s a separate piece of acrylic without any backing or support.  Any acrylic fine art product (paint, medium, gel, paste) can be used to make a skin. Apply the product to a non-stick surface and let it dry. Then peel it off. Now you have a...

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Use Geometry for Best Painting Composition & Design

Use Geometry for Best Painting Composition & Design

What is Geometry in Painting If you stare at a painting, just about any painting for a long enough time, geometric shapes will start to appear. Our mind likes to see in a simple and streamlined way. It will look for patterns in images if we stare long enough....

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Painting with Glazes

Painting with Glazes

What is a glaze Glazing is an amazing method to create all kinds of painting effects, resolve painting issues, illuminate color and create layering. It is a number one tool for painters and has been used throughout painting history. Glazing is still used today as a...

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Acrylic Pouring – the Hot New Painting Craze

Acrylic Pouring – the Hot New Painting Craze

A painter's "toolkit" consists of many materials and tools as well as techniques. Pouring acrylic directly onto a painting surface is one technique that has recently taken off into stardom as the newest hottest painting trick for abstraction. A search online for...

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