Explore Special Meanings and SymbolismWhen you think about it, you probably have a personal symbolism — objects or colors or landscape features that hold special meaning for you. These ideas can develop from our experiences, our culture, daydreams or fantasies, or from books or poems we’ve read.Artist John Harrell makes creative choices in his acrylic paintings that put forth his own ideas about objects, places and colors.
Many pastel artists are abandoning traditional mat and frame presentations and replacing them instead with wide wood frames. This is especially true when anti- or low-reflection glazing is utilized, like Tru Vue brand AR and Museum Glass. Many prominent galleries are encouraging this presentation and most national pastel exhibitions are seeing entries framed in this manner.
Oil painter John Howard Sanden takes a look back at his work and his process through the years in a QA with Magazine.What has changed for you over the course of your career? Everything in my long life and long career is dated either before 1969 or after 1969. I was 35 years old.I was an illustration major at the Minneapolis School of Art (Class of 1956), and for thirteen years I worked hard at the illustration business (mostly for clients in religious publishing and church-related endeavors), producing carefully manufactured pictures that filled a particular need.
Still Life PaintingThe still life painting genre is as diverse as its history is long. From the times of the Egyptians when paintings of food and valuables were depicted on tomb walls to the floor mosaics and wall paintings of Pompeii to High Renaissance works of art to contemporary still life painting of today, the genre has always been one that artists turn to again and again.
The Devil’s in The DetailsCongratulations! You have an opportunity to exhibit your work and you want to be sure you’re ready. Over my artistic career, I’ve exhibited in a wide range of settings from small local venues to museums and galleries across the country and abroad. And, as the commercial goes, “I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.
As a traditional artist who has primarily focused on the Old Masters’ techniques, I am really enjoying being on a creative journey in order to expand my own artistic repertoire. Lately, I have been learning some mixed media techniques – like how to crackle paint.A few weeks ago, my mixed media painting instructor taught me how to crackle paint over the top of an acrylic painting.