The Long Abstract Project

A little over two years ago I started an Artist Way type exercise, where I would draw a spontaneous abstract in ink on a 4" by 9" watercolour sketch book I found on the liquidation pile at the local arts supply store. Each day I would draw one with the effort to make if somehow … Continue reading The Long Abstract Project

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500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #302 – Sir Galahad Rides Again

Sir Galahad Rides Again The History & The Influence: Confessions of a Plagiarist, sort of… The valiant knight rides by in a flurry of flags and colors. His vestments overflow onto those of his matching stead and the whole vision becomes a possible emblem for some future coat of arms. Perhaps this is the partial … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #302 – Sir Galahad Rides Again

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #298 – I See Through You

I See Through You The History & The Influence: Confessions of a Plagiarist, sort of… After the storm, the clouds disperse and I see you… Well before the movie, but I was reading The Lord of the Rings at the time. This is my romantic reinterpretation of Sauron speaking to Pippin in the Palantir. The … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #298 – I See Through You

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #289 – Abstract 92-002

Abstract 92-002 The History & The Influence: Confessions of a Plagiarist, sort of… Having dove deep into color fun, I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of colors. I love how the pink plays off the green and makes the image shout happy noise. As I do with many explorations, I had to make this second … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #289 – Abstract 92-002

500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #288 – Abstract 92-001

Abstract 92-001 The History & The Influence: Confessions of a Plagiarist, sort of… Like most of what I do, this started as a sketch. For a very long time, I’ve seen pastels as either a childish medium or something relegated to 1980 graphic design. It is much more versatile than that. I was exploring colors … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #288 – Abstract 92-001

My Favourite Art Supplies: Charcoal – The Best Of The Messy Black Stuff

PRISMACOLOR Charcoal: The Review: Prismacolor has some of the best drawing pencils around, for color and for durability of the pigments within the wood pencil. Unless you want to be working with crumbs and cracked bits, this is THE essential charcoal product to use. This awesome kit gives you all the tools to smudge and … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Charcoal – The Best Of The Messy Black Stuff

My Favourite Art Supplies: Dry Pastels

Faber-Castell Creative Studio Non-Toxic Square Soft Pastel: The Review: I received this kit as a gift and used it sporadically to highlight or make colorful outlines. I found it messy to use as a sketching tool & as a rough under-draft material for my paintings. It took quite some time for me to realize the … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Dry Pastels

My Favourite Art Supplies: The Best Brush-Tip Markers

Pigma Brush Pens Sakura Assorted Colors:  The review: The Pigma brush pens were the first brush pens I tried. The black never seemed to hold enough ink for my needs, but I used it a lot! The best way to use it is with slow strokes. They fill in and blend more evenly than traditional … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: The Best Brush-Tip Markers

My Favourite Art Supplies: To Conté or Not To Conté?

Conté à Paris Pastel Pencils with 24 Assorted Colors & Conté à Paris The Sketching Box with Assorted Pencils: The Review: Conte is a strange material to use. Well, it is for me. It can come off as scratchy and hard to control if you wish to have only crisp lines. It tends to crumble … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: To Conté or Not To Conté?

My Favourite Art Supplies: Permanent Colors – Sharpies!

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 12 Colored Markers:    The Review: The colors are always pure and vibrant. They will bleed through most papers, unless quite thick. The colors can be blended with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Sharpies are the most basic drawing tool for every artist and doodler! The black of … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Permanent Colors – Sharpies!