How to Draw Animals

Lion, Sabrina Caminiti 2014 (c)

Drawing animals is primarily a matter of patience. Animals are not always the most willing of subjects, so artists often have to take opportunities to draw these subjects as they arise. That means in any animal drawing session, you want to work quickly at first to capture the unique stance and bearing of the animal, and then focus on the details that distinguish them, such as the texture of an animal’s fur, feathers, or scales.

The hardest part about drawing animals in nature is catching them at a still moment, particularly if they are wild. Continue reading

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Painting Waves

If an artist steps outside the studio, chances are they will come upon the occasion to paint water. In the landscape, water comes in many forms and fashions, from rushing and rippling streams to crashing, foaming waves to placidly still waters. Painters faced with the question of how to paint water should keep in mind a couple of “rules,” which include that water appears cooler in tone as it gets deeper and the sky’s reflection on water usually appears darker than the sky itself. Beyond that, observation is key, as water painting can take an artist any number of places, visually speaking.

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The Art of Landscape

The Horizon, Sabrina Caminiti 2013 (c)

Landscape artists are truly blessed. Their subject matter is inspiring, their studios are some of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world, and they take as their ultimate goal that of painting light. What could be more inspiring? But landscape art is not easy, though enjoyable. A landscape artist at the top of their game has learned how to paint landscapes through much rigorous study—choosing compositions that give a sense of place as well as capturing changing weather patterns and ephemeral light. But a finished landscape oil painting—when done well—has the power to almost transport its viewer, and that is why a landscape artist will always continue to create paintings of landscapes. Continue reading

Learning How To Paint

Ballerina, Sabrina Caminiti 2012 (c)

Painting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learned, and there’s no need to be intimidated by it when it’s broken down into easy steps the way that our free painting lessons do.

The first step of beginner painting is determining what kind of paint is best for your work. Sometimes, it’s a matter of cost: what do you already have on hand? Watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels are the most common media, and all require different kinds of surfaces. Any of them are good, to begin with, especially if you already have beginner drawing under your belt. Continue reading

How To Frame Your Work

Marilyn Monroe

Has it ever happened to you that after you finished a work you “Now how am I going to frame it?” And most likely you spend more time thinking of the frame than the time you spent making the whole work of art. Well, there are easy tips on how to create a good working frame for your piece of art!  Continue reading

The Fun of Exploring a New Medium

work in progress (c) 2017

The feelings you get when you explore a new medium is both incredible and so scary! This week my boyfriend and I decided to go to a ceramic studio where you can create your own art! It was unbelievably exciting! I have never worked with ceramic before and I have always been intimidated by it but after that day I understand how important is to explore new mediums!  Continue reading

What True Art Is

Flower Vase (c) 2017

What is true art? Everyone one of us will always have their own opinion on what true art is and it is up to us to find our own meaning of it. If we go back to the origin when the first art was created we see the pictographs that the ancients created to communicate with one another. Then we move on, to the birth of Christ and after his death. We see that then the art changed his meaning and started to show only Christian work of art. But today what is considered true art?  Continue reading

Art Classes You Should Take

Bird (c) 2013

To be a successful artist it is important to know what art is and what it means! To do so an introduction to art class should be the start of it. The class where you learn the history, how art has evolved throughout the years and how it is still in a continuous evolution today. NOT like the history of art classes that every school offers, a more generic one where it emphasizes the most important objectives of art.  Continue reading