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Advice From Mary Whyte

3 Things You Need To Become An Accomplished ArtistMary Whyte is a historian. Her watercolor paintings (mostly portraits) tell stories of individual Americans, documenting the truth of their daily lives in artworks that could stand on their own–even without the meanings behind them.There is without question strength in the composition, color and balance, but there is also an individual–the subject, if you will.
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A Pastel Portrait Artist Searches for Meaning

Philosopher and pastel portrait artist Claudia Biçen uses her art to explore the power of living a meaningful life. Recently featured in Pastel Journal, learn what’s behind Biçen’s compelling portraiture as she strives to capture the essence of a person with every mark she makes .Finding the PathFor as long as she can remember, Claudia Biçen has been fixated on answering the question, “How should I live my life?
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Acrylic Landscape Demonstration with Rick Bennett

Abstraction to Representation to Abstraction AgainBy Rick Bennett 1. Design: Using a chalk line, I start my seascapes by dividing the canvas into horizontal bands that establish a horizon line and the progressive layers of water, depth, and color. I’ve always been interested in design, and I look for a specific proportional relationship, as in the degree of taper or graduation in a Greek column or the relationship between the body, shoulder, and neck in a classical vase.
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Everyday Scenes | Vladislav Yeliseyev Watercolor Landscapes

Artist Vladislav Yeliseyev is no stranger to beautiful scenery. But unlike many artists who are drawn to postcard-perfect sites, Yeliseyev usually can be found around the back of a building, along the street or in an alleyway, capturing commonplace scenes.He embraces warm light, a warm palette and minimal detail to share the beauty of prosaic scenes, as seen below and in the February issue of Watercolor Artist, available in print or as a download at northlightshop.
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Pastel Pointers | Choosing Your Pastel Palette

One of the most frequently asked questions of any pastel painter involves the pastel palette and palette box. While this is far from the truth, a well-appointed palette certainly can make the task of painting what we see, and wish, much easier.The literal definition of an artist’s palette refers to the surface upon which pigments are arranged for the purpose of painting.
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