• Famous Abstract Artists that Every Art Lover should Know of

    Taco Winter

    It has been more than a century that abstract art artists have emerged as a name in the world of online art and offline art. These artists have caused a revolution and many debates all around the world. However, no true art lover will refrain the emotional connection and satiation it provides. Hence, this blog…

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  • 6 Ways to Balance Your Day Job with being an Artist

    Taco Winter

    Regardless of preferred medium, many artists don’t make art full time. And finding a nice balance between having a job while also being an artist can be easier than one might think. Just ask artist and doctor, Jacob Aguiar. Aguiar commutes almost two hours a day to see patients at a busy naturopathic medical clinic four…

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  • How To Paint In A High Key

    Taco Winter

    So what is a high key? It basically means you push all the values in your painting towards the lighter end of the value scale. So your darks will become mid-tones and your lights will usually remain around the same value. Below is a standard 9 value scale, ranging from near white to near black…

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  • How To Use Leading Lines To Create More Interesting Compositions

    Taco Winter

    Leading lines are one of the most effective and under-utilized composition tools available to artists. Leading lines are essentially lines which lead people through the painting, usually towards points of interest. These lines can either be created using actual lines in your painting or organically through the arrangement of elements in your painting (for example,…

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  • Painting from Photos: Almost Like Being There

    Taco Winter

    Most artists are quick to acknowledge the value of painting from reference photos even while they know they can’t paint by photos alone. Experienced artists know that the photos are no substitute for actually viewing the subject of their painting firsthand—the landscape, still life, person or whatever it is—because that in-person experience informs their vision…

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  • Painting Rocks in Oil

    Taco Winter

    Harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large areas and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself and the manner in which it’s applied. These textural contrasts add dimension to a painting and please the eye. Painting Rocks: Thin…

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  • Tips for Hanging Your Artwork Professionally

    Taco Winter

    Hanging and displaying art and photographs baffles many, but there’s a simple art gallery industry formula that you can learn to help you professionally hang your artwork. Whether you’re preparing for a show in a coffee shop, your studio or hanging art in your home, these simple guidelines will help you showcase your art in a professional way. Tools you…

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  • Guide to Art Paper, Canvas and Panels

    Taco Winter

    We often hear that when it comes to making art, it’s important to experiment. While I wholeheartedly agree with this, I’ve found from personal experience that it’s much more satisfying and productive to experiment with guidance. I love to play around with different markers, pens, and paints, for example, but it’s so much more helpful to talk…

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