This article explores the possibilities of using simple materials to create beautiful and meaningful decorations for the church for Lent and Easter. This project was inexpensive and easy to create, which makes it a good option for congregations of any size.
This article will describe how a team of three people created a striking display for our church for Easter. The materials required for this project are quite affordable. This project was fun and demanding and was a gift offered to our church to aid our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord.
This article will help an aspiring artist create a beautiful still-life drawing using common drawing materials.
Here are some ideas on how to decorate the church for Christmas and Advent. Using the everyday materials of cardboard and acrylic house paint, our group transformed the worship space.
This article will describe one design and theme for decorating the church and altar for Advent and Christmas. I hope it will serve as an inspiration for a design for your worship space in the future.
The current wild popularity of adult coloring presents the artist with a new and growing market for their designs. This article gives a few tips on how the artist might tap into this booming trend.
Coloring for grown-ups is all the rage these days. Coloring books for adults are flying off the shelves. What is driving this immensely popular activity and how can artists capitalize on it?
This article will explain my approach to painting images of vintage cars. It will follow my process step by step to help artists create beautiful watercolor images of some of history's greatest cars.
This article will help you explore one approach to decorating the altar for Advent and Christmas. It describes the process of creating banners for the season that are festive, unusual, and beautiful.
These decoration ideas use common and inexpensive materials to bring interest and meaning to the church during the seasons of Lent and Easter.
This article will explore some of the options and joys to be found sketching on site. The materials required are few, but the rewards are great! I hope you'll be encouraged to get outside and draw!
This article seeks to educate artists and non-artists alike on what constitutes a quality dog portrait.
Decorating the worship space in a church for Christmas can be a challenge. This article will inform the reader of an unusual approach that was beautiful and inexpensive to create. It may be just the idea for your church at Advent/Christmas!
This article explores tendencies, talents, and interests that many artists have in common. It also gives encouragement to those who may be missing out on the rewards of exploring art as a part of their lives.
Gesture drawing is a simple, inexpensive way to help art students and artists of all skill levels improve their proficiency in drawing. This article explains the technique and gives advice on the best way to get the most out of this time-honored drawing exercise.
This hub describes an effective drawing instruction technique that helps artists of all skill levels gain proficiency and a sense of confidence and comfort when drawing. The benefits of this technique and ways to maximize these benefits are presented in easy to understand language. Examples of...
This article will provide some suggestions for artists to help them overcome a "block" in their creativity. Practical advice is given for steps to take to help the blocked artist regain their creative edge.
This hub discusses the inspiration and technique involved in creating original Christmas cards. While this article is specifically about Christmas cards, the same information could easily be adapted to greeting cards of all types.
This article explores five ways to evaluate one's art to determine problems with rendering, design, and composition. Different methods of evaluation are covered including viewing a reverse image of the work as well as employing a grid to expose flaws in proportions.
This article outlines a simple way to catalog and track an artist's work. The catalog has many uses, not the least of which is to aid in marketing the artist's work to the public.
Most artists use reference photos in creating their work. This article gives useful advice on how to use photos effectively. Advice covers areas of composition, decision making, and copyright infringement.
This article is in answer to the question, "What is your favorite painting material and why?" The explanation that follows gives reasons for the answer - reasons that speak to the universality of the desire to express ourselves creatively.
This article gives the portrait artist a "road map" for the placement of facial features in a profile pose. Proportions and the notion of likeness are discussed.
This article gives information on how to avoid having watercolor paper warp and buckle when creating a watercolor painting. Several methods and materials are discussed.
Flowers are a natural source of subject matter for the watercolor artist. This article explains one artist's approach to this subject, including ideas on taking reference photographs, composition hints, and color choices.
Here much needed advice is given to artists who struggle with the notion of "doneness." Practical advice is given to help the artist to determine if their work is finished, thus avoiding the dreaded "overworked" painting or drawing.
This article provides encouragement to people who are interested in drawing, but are intimidated by the fear of failure. Quotes and examples of my work are included to provide inspiration to artists who just haven't figured out they are yet!
This article gives advice to artists who are interested in marketing and selling their art. It is based on my experience and what I have learned about the business of fine art sales. The article touches on the subjects of galleries, art shows and competitions, art groups, and media (newspapers,...
This hub explores the history and process of the wonderful and beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs, also known as pysanky. This article describes the materials and methods employed by these traditional egg artists, as well as the symbolism of the various design elements, colors, and images used. ...
This hub explains my process when I create a watercolor painting of architectural subject matter. I lay out the steps I take to take a painting from initial sketch to final painting. This hub is illustrated with photos of my paintings from start to finish.
This hub is designed to give portrait artists a "road map" of the typical proportional head and face. These schematics will help the artist create a proportional face so that they will have better likenesses in their portrait work. These guidelines will increase the artist's confidence and...
This hub gives the novice (and experienced) watercolor artist some advice about making portraits done in watercolor easier and better. My hope is that artists will be less intimidated by the prospect of creating portraits in watercolor and thereby more effective. Advice given covers areas like...