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Spotlight on Dungog
Tape paper to a board. Draw out using a 2B pencil. Wet certain areas that you want colour in, being careful not to go near the cars or the front of buildings to keep them white. Using a large brush, I used a Raphel size 8 Chinese mop brush, add in co
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Crayon on Lounge Room Wall
Drawing and painting has always interested me. My first masterpiece as a two-year-old entitled ‘Crayon on Lounge Room Wall’ (which earned me a rather unexpected prize), would lead to less destructive experiments with different mediums and varying res
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The Rhine in Time
On display until 11 October 2015 at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel, Switerland, is almost the entire series of gouache landscape paintings of the Rhine Voyage by Johann Ludwig (Louis) Bleuler (1792–1850). In a total of 80 sheets, Bleuler and hi
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Newcastle Art Gallery
Contributed Nationally recognised for one of the finest collections in regional Australia, the Gallery holds more than 6,200 works of art, and the quality and breadth of its collection makes it a significant cultural asset for the city. The collectio
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Main Beach Queensland
Whenever I see photos of the ocean I feel calm. I wanted to bring a little calm and tranquillity into my day and so this image of Main beach came to mind. I have made the choice to paint this picture using Acrylic. Although Acrylic is great to work w
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My Watercolour, Plein Air, Tools Of The Trade
Travel light. That’s always my plan when I’m out and about. Above is my plein air watercolour toolbox - a Winsor and Newton pallet, two brushes, and a 30gms watercolour pad, that’s all I need. If you’re one who likes to work with acrylic or oil paint
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“Perspective”
It was during the artist-in-residency of my last exhibition, there was original art all over the walls to use as examples, so I used the opportunity to explain my take on the whole thing and how it all fits in to creating original fine art for her ri
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Just Add Water
I start with a 10” x 12” linen stained with a dry wash of Cadmium Yellow and Alizarin. With a turpsy wash of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson, I sketch a composition comprising the main shapes of rocks, headland et cetera, with particular emphas
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Art Is A Rollercoaster
For as long as I can remember, I have had a keen interest in animals and art; drawing, tracing and cutting out pictures was an important pastime. As the years passed, I continued to develop a strong interest in art, so after leaving school I went to
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In Awe Of The Landscape
Travelling and our family’s love of four-wheel drive adventures led me on my journey to create plein air artworks. To create whilst travelling has been a challenge and an absolute joy, a feeling most artists would be able to resonate with. Over the y
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Aperture
Aperture is a setting on the camera that allows for creative control over your images. Used in conjunction with the shutter speed and ISO it makes up the exposure on the camera. It directly affects the amount of light that enters the camera to create
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To Understand How Watercolour Works Complete This Exercise
Tape the paper to the board with masking tape. Put the board on a lean. With a good amount of water do a flat wash (same tone all of the way to the bottom of the paper) of your chosen colour. Ensure the wash covers the whole paper. One way is by pain
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“Contrast”
One of my all time favourite aspects of drawing is use of contrast. All the same principles pretty much apply no matter whether working in graphite or pastel but I’ll be mostly chasing the 2B graphite dragon in this article. There are various quite d
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The Glorious Giraffes
I prime the canvas with two to three coats of white primer sealer, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats. Meanwhile, I draw a series of thumbnails in my visual diary, brainstorming ideas for the composition. I then look through my photo library fo
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Blue Wren Beauties
It’s autumn and the ornamental grape vines are turning the most beautiful shades of purple and red. I’ve picked some of these lovely leaves and I’m going to do a watercolour painting showing some of the colours. I will include a number of superb blue
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A Life Of Art
I had the good fortune to be born to an artistic mother who had been one of Australia’s early women potters, running a studio in Clarence Street, Sydney, where she employed 10 people. That came to an end with WW2 when she was obliged to contribute to
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Plums for Lunch!
When I decided on this subject I had a picture in my mind (as I so often do) of the finished painting. However my journey to capture this on my paper took considerably longer than I could have imagined! I didn’t want the plums to outshine the birds o
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Back To School
Contributed This year, Art Shed Online will have all your bases covered when it comes to purchasing that perfect gift for the creative person in your life. Whether it’s for a child or a teen– they’ll have something that will keep them smiling when th
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Drawing & Painting Birds
Birds or other pollinators can enhance a painting with added information and interest. They can add life to an otherwise basic painting and can make your work glow and stand out from the crowd. They are a definite enhancement for any botanical painti
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It’s The Colours And Textures
I’ve travelled extensively, pursuing subject matter to capture and translate onto canvas. I’ve covered thousands of kilometres on foot and have slogged my way through the Barrios of Spain, the medinas of Morocco and across the provinces of France, Cu
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Mojito y Che
• Canvas (182 x 122cm)• 10cm brushes• Large brush• Rags• Tape or Blu-Tack• Old toothbrush• Acrylic paints• Raw Umber• Raw Sienna• Red Oxide• White I wanted to tie in an Australian landscape image with the body of work I have been currently creating.
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“Drawing Playing Cards- part 2”
Nowadays all of a sudden there seems to be a whole world of newly designed playing cards out there, the scene has changed hugely since I began doing it only a short decade ago (before things like social media, crowd funding, and custom deck programs
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Stretching Finished Watercolour Paintings
With botanical art or wildlife painting, where not much water is used in mixing colours (compared to landscape or other forms of watercolour painting), there is no need to stretch the paper before painting. If the washes in a painting are too wet, th
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Art Is The Key To Your Soul
Born in Paddington, NSW, Kim Staples grew up mainly in the northern beaches of Sydney. Here is her story. My first introduction to art was in high school. Unfortunately our art education was more about history and not much on practical. Our instructi
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Bluey the Fish
• Canvas (182 x 122cm)• 10cm brushes• Large brush• Rags• Tape or Blu-Tack• Old toothbrush• Acrylic paints• Raw Umber• Raw Sienna• Red Oxide• White Preparing your canvas is just as important as the artwork. Most canvases you buy today are already prim
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Along the Watercolour Highway
(Hang in there) photo 1556 For me, watercolour painting is all about the fusion of colours, much more so than any other paint medium. Its beauty lies in this fusion and the translucency of the colours as they blend and self mix on the damp or wet pap
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Fremantle Arts Centre
Contributed The imposing neo-gothic building in which the Arts Centre is housed has a fascinating and varied history spanning more than 150 years. Starting its life in the 1860s as a convict-built lunatic asylum, this evocative limestone building has
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“Drawing Playing Cards- part 1”
I was always going to include half a dozen pastel articles in this issue but I really had to ‘lay my cards on the table’ as well to give the full account of actual drawing practice, round here anyway. Although the freehand graphite will always be the
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Steeped in history, the Federation Gothic building housing Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW is an awe-inspiring example of early 1900s architecture. Officially opened in 1910, it was constructed to house the Mait
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Admiring the Ocean
Brushes • 2’’ flat• ¾” flat wash• ½” flat round taklon filbert• 2” fan• No 6 flat• 1/8 filbert• ½” stippler Hydroacylic paints • Cerulean Blue• Titanium White• Dioxazine Purple• Ultramarine Blue• Magenta• Phthalo Green• Yellow Oxide• Lemon Yellow• St
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