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Color me red, yellow and blue

     You only need three colors of paint to make a painting.   If you have red, yellow and blue, you can create almost anything you need.  All the other colors make painting easier, but they aren’t necessary.       Red, yellow and blue are called the “primary colors” because you can’t get them by mixing any […]

January 2017 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

An artist looks at the railway station

In 1876, Claude Monet moved into a studio apartment in the Rue Moncey, close to the Gare St-Lazare.  At the time he also had an apartment in the Rue d’Edinbourg which was even closer to the station.  (Including his house at Argenteuil Monet actually had three residences; it seems he was far from being the […]

January 2017 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

‘Oldie’ subject still challenges artists

From prehistoric times to the present day, artists have returned to one subject again and again.  It has been scratched on cave walls; carved from riverbank mud; painted and drawn and sculpted in every conceivable medium, and even now the human form is still one of the most fascinating and rewarding subjects any artist, amateur […]

January 2017 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Hands-on knowledge at one’s fingertips

When you’re painting, do you find yourself wondering what color to use next?  Do you have problems mixing colors to get the exact hue you want?  If so, this book is for you.  No matter where you fall on the skill level spectrum – beginner to professional – Exploring Color Workshop, 30th Anniversary Edition by […]

October 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

Tips & Techniques

   

October 2016 | Posted in Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Colored pencils are fun as crayons

When we were very young, we drew and colored with absolute confidence and joy.  As adults, we’d like to return to that level of enjoyment.  Many people have chosen colored pencils as their medium for that very reason.  Without the bother of mixing paints, setting up a palette, or dealing with tubes and brushes, we […]

October 2016 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Rubens paints Daniel in the Lions’ Den

In the mid-1600s the Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish; 1577-1640) spent quite a bit of time in the royal menagerie at Brussels, making careful studies of North African lions.   His drawings are so accurate that we know these particular lions were a Moroccan species which is now extinct in the wild (a few […]

October 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Nita Leland

September 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Art is full of space

     How can a mark on paper be called “space,” when space is empty? One of the more confusing concepts of art is the concept of positive and negative space.  It is easy to understand that the term “positive” has some relationship to putting lines and shapes on paper, but when you add the word […]

June 2016 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

An in-depth look at landscape

  Many artists enjoy painting landscapes, but painting a convincing landscape is more than just finding a pretty scene.  The best landscape paintings have a convincing sense of depth, letting the viewer feel that he can walk right into the picture.  The trick is to make a piece of flat canvas appear to contain a […]

June 2016 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

Insight from literary artists

  By definition, a “unique” object can be produced only once.  Therefore, an artwork produced by any person at any skill level is unique.  Whether it is painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery fiber art, photography or some other art form, an original artwork has a one-time quality and style that can never be perfectly duplicated, even […]

June 2016 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

Hitting the right value

Tone, Value and Hue are important words for any artist who wants to paint realistically. “Tone” in art it refers to light and shadow.  There are three basic tone divisions:  Dark, light and middle tones. Middle tones are any of the tones between extreme light and darkest shadow.  Even with a bare minimum of only […]

June 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

A bold new face to paper marbling

Someone said: “Curiosity is the key to creativity.” However, whiskers and flour aren’t required to be creative using this method of paper marbling, but shaving cream and food coloring are the main ingredients.      To start this method, you will need a shallow pan or cookie tray or even a baking dish, a plastic ruler […]

June 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Illustrating your life

     Artists’ journals and sketchbooks are doorways into a secret world.  They are packed with drawings, paintings, and words — some polished, some rough, some never intended for anyone to see except the artist who made them.  There may be shopping lists and phone numbers written in the margins. The sketchbook cover may be scuffed […]

May 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Pat Rayman

Watercolor paper collage Don’t throw out that old watercolor! As many watercolorists, I have a large portfolio of old discards and unfinished paintings. I wait for the right moment to breathe new life into them, however sometimes that moment never comes. One day, I decided to sort through my stash and tear apart each painting, […]

May 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

The Bad Boy of Renaissance Art

     He lived not quite 37 years, but in that short span he was a rebel in both life and art, with a reputation for disorderly behavior unmatched by any other major painter.  From his birth — September 28, 1573 — he was in trouble almost constantly, first as an unruly child and then as […]

August 2015 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Twist of Fate ascended Miro to greatness

      “No one could look at it and not know it had been painted by a great painter. It has in it all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there.” This comment was made by author Ernest Hemingway about, “The […]

August 2015 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

One man with two huge talents

      Tony Bennett is a Grammy award-winning performer whose memorable songs include “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He is also a highly respected professional artist who signs his art works “Anthony Benedetto.”      Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born in 1926 in Long Island City. His family was fond of music and Tony could […]

August 2015 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

French Revolution’s official artist

No one’s neck was safe from the guillotine during the years following the French Revolution in 1789.  This period was called “The Terror,” for good reason.  The French motto of “liberty, equality, fraternity” came to mean chaos, peril and revenge as friends turned on friends to save their own lives and people at all levels, […]

August 2015 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

The art of the Crèche

     Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year for people of the Christian faith, and many Christian homes feature prominent display of a Crèche (French for “manger”), or nativity scene.  These small displays depict the circumstances of the birth of Jesus, and in their most basic form include figures of the […]

August 2015 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Grisaille makes realistic painting easier

Many artists have difficulty creating a full range of tones (lights and darks) using color.  They spend a lot of time adjusting lights and shadows because they just can’t seem to get them right on the first try.  To get all the lights and shadows just right with minimal fuss, try using a grisaille underpainting. […]

May 2014 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section | Read More »

About the Cover art when as published then 2008/09 Fall/Winter Edition. “Treasured Things”, 23″x 22″ 140 lb. cold press paper, Artist Trish McKinney of New Carlisle, Ohio. “This piece is about how true treasure is found in the lowliest of creatures and the contrast of girlie girls with tomboys. It is about never forgetting the […]

March 2014 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section | Read More »

‘Small’ painting began with illustrated books

      Miniature paintings started with books known as “illuminated manuscripts.”  These are handmade books where the text is illustrated or enhanced with decorations.  This includes fancy decorated initial letters that begin pages and paragraphs, borders and tiny illustrations. They are very small works of art, usually 8 x 10 inches or smaller.        The earliest […]

March 2013 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Looking at Botticelli’s Primavera

      In the Middle Ages, there were no mandatory birth certificates, and many records have crumbled to dust.  However, it is believed that in 1445, in a working-class district of Florence, a boy was born to the family of the tanner Mariano di Vanni Filipepi.  The boy’s birth date was calculated from a note […]

March 2013 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Getting revenge through painting

     Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-ca.1656) is today considered one of the most accomplished painters of her generation.  She was also the most important woman painter of Early Modern Europe because of her paintings’ originality, excellence, and the number of paintings that have survived.  During her life she was both praised and ignored by the critics — […]

March 2013 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Rabbits, eggs and springtime are tradition

     The Easter Bunny has hopped a long way in his lifetime — all the way from ancient Europe, Alsace and Germany to the United States.  Even part of his name dates back to pre-Christian times.      According to Bede of Jarrow, the English word “Easter” comes from the German “Eostur-monath”, which was the month […]

March 2013 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section | Read More »

ROSE MARIE KORTE-KENNEALY

“I like to translate something like the sound of insects in a hay field into shapes and colors.”      Northwest Ohio prides itself in producing extra-ordinary, creative-minded citizens. The public school system, the cultural programs and most of all, those who teach are largely responsible for this national reputation. One example of Ohio homegrown talent […]

December 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

What’s going on here?

     “Las Meninas” means “The Maids of Honor” hangs behind bulletproof glass, probably the greatest treasure of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.  This beautiful and impressive oil painting was created in 1656 by court painter Diego Velazquez, and is 9 feet 1/2 inch by 10 feet 5 inches.   This work was painted for the […]

December 2012 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Joan Crawford Barnes

Stages 1-4 Daisy, Daisy        Inspired by color and high contrast in her paintings, Joan Crawford Barnes (www.joanbarnes-wc.com) walks us through “Daisy, Daisy” in this four stage process.      “This painting has a limited amount of color, but high contrast which caught my eye,” said Joan. Artist Barnes is grateful to Alice Schneider, a […]

December 2012 | Posted in Archives,HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Shape up a painting

     For beginning artists, the most difficult part of a painting or drawing is often the beginning.  When you look at a subject, it’s hard to decide what should be included in the artwork.  There are usually a lot of complicated things that beginners (mistakenly) think must be drawn and painted with perfect accuracy.  You […]

December 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Style in art is a personal matter

     Picasso. Thomas Kincade. Mary Cassatt. Norman Rockwell. Georgia O’Keeffe. Can you visualize a certain kind of artwork for each name? This is because each of these artists has a unique personal style.      “Style,” in art, is a way of describing an artist’s individual manner of working. It can also describe the identifying characteristics […]

December 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Fresco isn’t just a wall painting

     If you read “The Da Vinci Code” you probably saw the word “fresco” in reference to painting.  But what exactly is a “fresco?”       If asked to define a fresco, most people would say that it’s a mural, or “wall painting.”  True, but real fresco is a wall painting of a special kind.  And […]

December 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

He creates visual works of feelings

     Minjae Lee is a 23-year-old self taught artist who produces work that reflects his signature of powerful colors and creative movement. He uses seemingly old-fashioned tools, such as markers, pens, crayons and acrylics, to create modern and abstract art.      Originally from Seoul, Korea, his environment has dramatically influenced the art that he creates. […]

July 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Her works speak to all cultures

     Artists seem to share a unique quality in seeing the world as one instead of categorizing people into hundreds of different languages, cultures and appearances. Elisse Pogofsky-Harris is one such artist that is fascinated by the sameness in religions, angels, Immaculate Conception and other areas of the world that thousands of people share.  Through […]

June 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Artist is hooked on nature’s reclaims

Watercolor is said to be an addictive type of painting.  The color, texture and material selected in the beginning can lead down a very unpredictable path.  The constant blending, building, editing, tearing down and rebuilding again delivers a sense of achievement to these masters, however, by taming the uncontrollable nature of the medium.      David […]

May 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

She creates works of ‘oppressed’ beauty

    Larisa Pilinsky aka Lark does not view nature as a peaceful, pleasing gift of color and beauty where everything is perfectly placed.  The abstract form that Lark presents opens the subconscious to see beyond what is real and what could be.  The result is unusually calming and provocative at the same time.      Take […]

March 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section,Professional Court Section | Read More »

Artist’s works speak with feelings

     Just as her work was beginning to be noticed by galleries and juried exhibitions the accident happened. Monika Steiner was thrown from a horse and broke her back.      Lying in a body cast and staring at the ceiling can be just about as bad as it can get.  Add to that a divorce […]

February 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Cover Section,Paint Box Section | Read More »

In Step with Pat Rayman

  Making Leaf Sun Prints      This is a fun technique that leads to a lot of creativity.      Tape a piece of watercolor paper to a board; hot pressed works best. Then spray the paper with water.      Drip, pour or brush on watercolors. I suggest two-three colors to maintain freshness. Lay leaves on […]

January 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,In the AAPJ Gallery | Read More »

In Step with Deb Henkener

     Please pass the salt!          Nature paints our trees with a broad brush of earthy autumn colors. Fall leaves are favorite subjects for many watercolor artists, and the perfect project to try a salt technique that produces texture and natural veining.      Painting leaves are also great for beginning students, who may be intimidated by larger complex subjects.       Do not […]

January 2012 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Hands up!

     When it comes to drawing people, many artists do pretty well at getting the head, body, arms and legs to look natural,   But then they have to deal with hands and feet.  These are probably the hardest parts of the body to draw, and some people find it’s almost impossible to get them to […]

January 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Why and how artists sight off a pencil

      When an artist is shown in a cartoon, he or she is often shown with their arm stuck straight out, holding a pencil straight up and looking at it.  Just about everyone knows that this pose means “artist,” but not everyone knows that this really is a handy thing to know.      We […]

January 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Suggestions for watercolor beginners

     If you’re just getting started with watercolor, you might find that it’s difficult to know how to start a painting, and then how to keep it going.  Perhaps you’ve struggled with paintings until they look like something you put under the car to catch oil drips.  Remember that almost all paintings go through stages […]

January 2012 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Miniature painting began with illustrated books

     Miniature paintings are very small works of art, usually 8 x 10 inches or smaller and probably started with books known as “illuminated manuscripts.”  These are handmade books where the text is illustrated or enhanced with decorations.  This includes fancy decorated initial letters that begin pages and paragraphs, borders and tiny illustrations.       The […]

December 2011 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Run for the hills! It’s abstract art!

     When confronted with “non-traditional” art (abstraction, surrealism, non-objective art, etc.) some people are shocked and confused by it.  But we can learn to look at this art with appreciation.  Notice I did not say “with understanding.”  It’s not necessary to understand an art piece in order to appreciate and/or enjoy it.      Definitions might […]

December 2011 | Posted in Paint Box Section | Read More »

Cartooning the New Year’s Baby

     Recently several people asked me how to draw cartoons.  There are a lot of good books with information on cartooning, but I thought you might like to see how I do it.  If you like some of the suggestions you can adapt them to your own work.  Remember that every cartoonist works differently!      […]

December 2011 | Posted in HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Quick, easy and fun art

     Have you ever used one of those Easter egg coloring kits from the supermarket, the ones that come with a small assortment of food dyes and a clear wax crayon?  You use the crayon to make invisible patterns on a hard-boiled egg before dipping the egg into the dye.  Half the fun is watching […]

December 2011 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Click it and paint it

     People sometimes ask if it’s all right for artists to use photos as reference for paintings or drawings.  It is as long as the photograph is taken by the artist him/herself.  Using someone else’s photo is an absolute “no-no” even if they give their permission.  You can adapt an idea, but you can’t paint […]

December 2011 | Posted in HowDoit PB dept | Read More »

Keep it moving!

     Although still life, landscape, and portraits (which all show things that are NOT moving) will always be popular, artists also paint pictures that show action and movement.  This wasn’t always the case.      For hundreds of years, nobody really understood how to make things in a painting or drawing look as if they were […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,HowDoit PB dept,Paint Box Section | Read More »

Creativity is ageless

     When you think of yourself, does the word “creative” come to mind, or do you reserve that word to describe people who “make art”?   Creativity is actually what we do with our abilities.  You probably take your creativity for granted, but if you have planned a party, decorated a room, or organized a business […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »

Be your own critic

     If you are an artist you probably know when you’ve done a good painting.  It just “feels right.”  But sometimes you feel there’s a problem and you don’t know what is wrong or even whether the picture can be saved.      You could ask an art instructor or another artist whom you respect.  But […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Paint Box Section,Tips&Techniques PB dept | Read More »







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