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Introduction to Oil Painting Techniques

Oil paint is an amazing versatile medium. It can be applied in a thick buttery fashion or thinned down to a watery consistency. This versatility opens the door to a number of different painting techniques.My personal preference is to begin my oil paintings by first sketching out the composition using acrylic paint or with water-soluble oil paints. The popular approach to oil painting is to thin the paint with turpentine to apply your initial layers. Turpentine is quite toxic and I prefer not to work with it. Acrylic or water-soluble oil paints can be thinned down with plain old water and are more pleasant to work with in my opinion. You can also begin your oil painting by first drawing out your composition. There are a few drawing mediums that work quite nicely with oil paints. My two favorites are vine charcoal and water-soluble pencils. I prefer vine charcoal because it doesn't smudge like other charcoals and it can be erased easier. Water-soluble pencils are wonderful because they can be applied like ordin...

 


How to Sell Your Art - Making The Most Out Of Art Shows

One of the quickest and more effective ways to expose your art or crafts to the public is by opening a booth at an art or craft show. Thousands of people come to these art shows each year with the intention of buying something, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight. Before you pack your bags and head out to the next show, you should definitely learn as much as you can about art shows. This type of work requires planning, research and various expenses, and may not be for everyone. A great starting point is to check out the magazine Sunshine Artist. Sunshine Artist is a great magazine that covers art shows in detail. They provide listings of upcoming art shows and information on how you can participate. They also evaluate art shows and provide reports on sales, attendance, and other important details. It may be a good idea to head out to your first art show as a visitor before actually setting up shop. Once you arrive, walk around and just observe how everything works. Observe the booths that have the ...

 


Easy to Draw Animals for the Young or Old

It is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. Indeed research has proven that people respond to learning through pictures much better than with words or text. A picture can be a simple drawing which even children can do.Types of drawingsChildren love to draw; it is an innate ability or desire to see their expressions on canvas or paper. There can be many types of pictures which children can draw to express their feelings or tap on their innate ability.Children can easily draw animals, flowers, clouds, skies and family. Young children may find it hard to draw complex stuff like people. It would usually be a stick figure drawing which progresses to 3-D images with more shape and form.Adults and children alike can pick up drawing skills. There is a myriad of drawing resources in the market as well as on the Internet today. One can learn through private tutors or online from various drawing resource sites.ProcessDrawing is quite an easy process to walk through as it can be therapeutic. Many adults and ch...

 




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