Painting in the Midi Pyrenees

The countryside is lush and beautiful. In the part of the midi-Pyrenees I am in, the landscapes range from pastoral to forested to dramatic escarpment where the remains of castles are located. It is early May, so a bit cool and rainy. No plein air painting for now. It...

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Re-Acquainting with Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paints were something I tried many years ago and did not prefer over oils, but oils are not packable items for air travel. I decided to move to acrylic paint. They have taken some getting used to. This is my first attempt with acrylics - I think it...

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Painting in Cathar Country

This summer, I will be living and painting in Cathar Country. Right now, I am trying to figure out how and what to pack for both plein air and studio painting. I have decided to work with Acrylics rather than water colour or pencil crayon. They have such...

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Shawne Arzab

Of all the artists I know well, this artist is both talented and funny. She is also self-effacing and does not appreciate the truly stunning nature of her work. At least, she doen't let on. While she works in papier-mâché for her sculpture work, her...

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The Art of Pencil Crayon Painting 6

6. More on the Irojiten pencil crayon This crayon is great. It sharpens well and so far, no breakage. The blending results with the various crayons have different and some very welcome effects. I was surprised that some colours, when laid in, were more resistant to an...

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The Art of Pencil Crayon Painting 4

No, you don’t just use a black pencil crayon. Oh wait! Actually you do, but not alone. Bear with me. Black is a very flat colour and if you use a plain black crayon or as one artist proposed in a book (using India ink), you will get stunningly limp, flat...

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Timeraiser

All across Canada emerging artists have the opportunity to sell their works and gain exposure through Timeraiser. The way it works is this – the fundraising (actually volunteer hour raising) organization has developed sponsors who provide a set fund for the purchase...

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Finger Puppets

The set of finger puppets were commissioned as a gift for a person retiring from a job that involved services for children and youth. This person also had close ties to the Regina Symphony Orchestra. At first, when asked to do “something” for this person, I was...

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