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5 things you need for oil painting

There's an undeserved mystique around oil painting that has put up some intimidating barriers for some artists wanting to use this wonderful medium. …

Painting

Princeton Artist Brush Co.

Princeton Artist Brush Co. is based out of Princeton, New Jersey, USA and is one of our sponsors for World Watercolor Month. Check out all about …

New Jersey

The Creative Conundrum: Pursue Your Art or Get a “Real Job”

I could have been a lawyer.I could have been a guy who wakes up early every morning and shaves and wears a tie and commutes; a guy with a regular pay …

Law School

How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling

Every other creative professional you know has succeeded largely because of their talents and dedication. You, on the other hand, have got where you …

Psychology

An art lover’s make-it-work moment: Fitting 40 pieces in his basement apartment

When George Dant decided to downsize, he didn’t go far from home. He moved from the upper two floors of his Adams Morgan rowhouse to the basement.<p>But when you descend the four steps into his lower-level abode, you don’t feel like you’re heading into darkness. Instead, you find yourself in a …

Houses

7 Tricks for Perfectly Exposed iPhone Photos

With only hours left for the deal on <i>iPhone Photo Academy</i> we are focusing on more iPhone photo tricks today. If you’re like most people, your …

Tutorials

What's Real; What's Fake?

<b>This Deceptive Collage Series Challenges Appearances and Reality</b><p><b>Irina and Silviu Szekely</b> are the artists whose collage and photography work …

These Complex Graphic Designs Just Want You to Appreciate Life

Mexican illustrator Daniel Barreto wants to remind us of the beauty within.<p>Cellular shapes and sea urchin-like bodies illuminate with glowing colors on a deep, black background—all crowded around one another, swimming and coexisting in the same space—in the work of Mexican designer Daniel Barreto. …

Illustration

7 tips and shortcuts to make your Lightroom workflow faster and easier

Just like Photoshop, Lightroom also has plenty of shortcuts that can be super-useful, speed up your editing process and make it easier. Photographer …

Adobe

13 tips for taking better low light pictures with your smartphone

With July 4th coming up, you’ll want to make sure you can eke the best out of your phone’s camera for those nighttime fireworks.<p>Though phones vary in quality and features significantly, there are still some general tricks – both technical and common sense – you can pick up on to maximize image …

Photography

20 inspirational pieces of advice for writers on National Writing Day

June 21st is National Writing Day, a celebration of writing creatively that aims to encourage people of all ages to 'put pen to paper, unleash their imagination and make their voices heard'.<p>A number of events marking the occasion are being held across the UK, details of which can be found on the …

Writing

11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers.<p>It’s one of those ineffable things that’s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it. It’s also the driving force for so many of us, to the point where …

Creativity

A First-Grader's Picasso-Like Painting Is Now Hanging At The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving NYC public school students the opportunity of a lifetime.<p>On Tuesday evening, a group of students ― pre-kindergarteners to 12th graders from New York public schools in all five boroughs ― converged at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The young people were not …

The Arts

How Limitations Can Kick-Start Creativity

One phrase that often comes up in discussions about dream jobs is "creative freedom." Many workers feel the restrictions placed on them at work are …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

How Georgia O’Keeffe Turned Her Life Into A Work Of Art

Some artists create works of art; others practice self-creation as an art form. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) did both. Best known for her paintings …

Get a Crash Course in Writing from 20 Journalists

I only remember one practical writing lesson from my three years as an English major: Whenever you can, put the best bits at the end of the sentence. …

Cool Stuff

30 Years of Graffiti Chipped Off a Wall Reveals Colorful Layers of Decades-Old Art

Ever look at a graffiti wall and wonder what would happen if you scraped off a bit of paint? Well, Imgur user Paul De Graaf saved you the trouble by chipping away at a wall of graffiti in the Netherlands. This is what he found.<p>Over 30 years of paint caused an incredibly colorful stratification that …

Street Art

5 TED Talks to Push You Through a Creative Block

Stop staring at that blank page in frustration and watch one (or all!) of these TED Talks instead.<p>There are those moments when you feel totally inspired and on fire. And, then there are those moments when you feel anything but. You don't even have a single mediocre idea you can cling to.<p>Facing a …

Creativity

The Ultimate Guide: How to Become More Creative Day by Day

We all start our lives as creative individuals, but somewhere along the way we start to lose our ability to see things in a new light. In other …

Creativity

#johneisler at @dupontprojects as part of the @akinprojects x @agonext gallery crawl. #akinprojects #agonext

In twenty years. Museum or flea market? #JonasWood (Part of the ongoing series: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Art But Were Afraid to Ask.) #contemporaryart #painting #mfaquestion

If This is True…

Robin de PuyAfter packing her gear into saddlebags on either side of her Harley-Davidson motorcycle, this photographer rode 8,000 miles to capture distinctive faces across the United States.This is a series of portraits taken on an 8,000 mile road trip through the USA, made on a Harley-Davidson …

Photography

Can you separate the artist from the art?

A museum acknowledges an artist it features was a serial sexual abuser – it’s very rare for the art world to put work in this context, writes Fisun Güner.<p>Just how true is the following statement: an artist’s work should have value in its own right, no matter what sort of life the artist led, and …

Tate Britain

Quentin Blake's largest exhibition poses him as a 'serious artist' - but his work is brilliant in its anarchy: review

Quentin Blake is far and away Britain’s best loved illustrator: a great British brand, this exhibition argues, as instantly recognisable as “Marks & Spencer, Rolls Royce or Fox’s Glacier Mints”. Well, if the 84-year-old Blake is now considerably better known than at least the last of those …

Art

3 Tips to Stop Feeling So Overworked and Overwhelmed

Source: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures18043Just the other day I was working with a highly competent, high-achieving executive, whose penchant for …

Time Management

Counteracting the nihilism of depression through painting

I’ve suffered from severe depression since I was 18. When I was young it was confusing and scary; now I understand the signs and see a …

Mental Health

Thirty-One from Oaxaca

“31,” an exhibition of works on paper by Domenico Zindato, is at Andrew Edlin Gallery through June 4. Zindato, who was born in Italy, began the project after stopping by a small shop in Mexico City, where he stumbled on an album with thirty-one sheets of handcrafted paper from Oaxaca, made with …

Oaxaca

20 Master Watercolor Teachers Offer Their Best Advice

What Puts a Watercolor Beginner on the Expert Path?<p>Every master was once a student. Every watercolor beginner deserves to hear–straight from the best …

Painting

9 ways to create an expressive palette

Abstract painter Gerry Dudgeon shares nine tips to add life to your colour palette<p>Gerry Dudgeon, <i>Rain in the Atlas Mountains</i>, acrylic on canvas, …

Painting