Keep all those worn out art brushes or those that have spread because they were not cleaned properly, or those that have some parts of the brush welded together with hardened oil  paint. These old oil painting brushes are great for creating the interesting random marks you might need for such things like the painting […]

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It is so easy to get into a rut with painting and even easier to fall into the trap Picasso so aptly described: ‘Success is dangerous, one begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others – it leads to sterility.’ So if your painting has hit the doldrums, […]

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Virtuosity The artist has to have mastery of the techniques and skills with which he/she creates art. Like all great artists and indeed sportsmen, musicians and actors as well, true virtuosity makes the mastery of technical skills look deceptively easy. Other elements here might include: The intention to produce something – art is not produced […]

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It is interesting how many of us strive to capture what we see in front of us in paint or pencil. We may interpret it in slightly different ways, but essentially, if paintings and drawings ‘don’t look right’ they are often dismissed or discarded. This is a very interesting approach to painting and drawing when […]

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You have a blank piece of paper, canvas and the thought you want to create something, but where do you start? Being creative is harder than you think, but there are things you can do to get the creative juices flowing. Just start scribbling. The first idea is rarely the best, just keep scribbling and […]

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