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Winners in the 27th International Miniature Art Show

Winners in the 27th International Miniature Art Show

May 26, 2018

It is always an honor and a challenge to be asked to judge a show. There are many excellent paintings in this year's show. It can take as long to create a miniature as it does to create a large painting and I spent happy hours studying the tiny works of art.

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5 Examples of Native Outer Banks Wildlife

5 Examples of Native Outer Banks Wildlife

May 17, 2018

If you’ve ever come to the Outer Banks in North Carolina before, you have probably seen quite a bit of local wildlife! With plenty of national parks and pristine beaches to go around, it’s no surprise that this special place is teeming with hundreds of wildlife species.

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7 Facts About Oil Paints

7 Facts About Oil Paints

May 10, 2018

The majority of the world's masterpieces of art have been created with oil paints. Basically, oils are pigments that are bound into a "drying oil" which is an oil that hardens when exposed to air. The most common oil used is linseed oil. Here are a few facts about oil paints.

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The History of Miniature Art

The History of Miniature Art

May 03, 2018

It's the mid 1500's and King Henry VIII and his court were ardent admirers of miniature portraits. These little treasures became mementos of loved ones.

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How Not to Clean Your Oil Paintings

How Not to Clean Your Oil Paintings

April 26, 2018

Over the years there has been a number of myths concerning how to clean your oil painting.  You can only imagine my surprise to see that these myths have survived and are now appearing on websites as being legitimate ways to clean your art.

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What is Encaustic Paint?

What is Encaustic Paint?

April 19, 2018

Pharaohs ruled Egypt when encaustic painting was first used. This ancient paint has waxed and waned in use over the centuries, but was made popular again by such 20th century artists as Jasper Johns and Diego Rivera.

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Why I Hate Giclees

Why I Hate Giclees

April 12, 2018

Technology has made leaps and bounds since the first print was inked and pressed. The computer has revolutionized the process into what is now commonly called a Giclee print.  Basically, it is the exact same process when you take a photograph, down load it into your computer and print it out on your ink jet printer.

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Can You Guess The First Modern Art Pigment in the World?

Can You Guess The First Modern Art Pigment in the World?

April 05, 2018

Today’s artwork boasts so many vibrant colors that strike our fancy, we often overlook where they come from. Before modern science, pigment-making was a tricky process that involved transforming sources from nature into the paint colors used in artwork. 

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What Happens When You See and Make Art with Synesthesia?

What Happens When You See and Make Art with Synesthesia?

March 29, 2018

Days of the week are in colors, printed numbers have personalities, and splashes of color flash in front of you with loud sounds and music. No, it’s not Alice in Wonderland or Fantasia, it’s a very real sensory phenomenon called synesthesia.

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