The Arts

Fine art. Writing. Visual arts. Crafting. Art History. The arts cover large swaths of human creativity and passion.

what should I paint?

What Should I Paint?

What Should I Paint?   What should I paint? A poem. A duck. A penguin in flight. Other birds.  Fresh-baked bread. Children’s toys.  Aquarium creaturescapes.  Many identical objects cluttered  together in weird discordant harmony.  Anyone you can trick into sitting still  long enough. Your reflection.    Dammit, maybe I shouldn’t have given away all those …

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Still Life Painting Techniques: 6 Tips to Create a Masterpiece

A still life painting is one of the first things you learn how to paint in art class. Learning the proper still life painting techniques will help you master the fundamentals of art, whether you decide to move on to other styles such as portrait art, landscapes, or even abstract.  Still lifes are paintings that …

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Watercolor Paper: Choosing the Right Materials for Your Best Work

As you explore your artistic style, there are thousands of little decisions that you need to make. If you make the decision to experiment with watercolors, an important consideration is what type of watercolor paper to use. It’s not as simple as with oil painting, where you can just grab a canvas, sketch a design, …

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How to Write A Book – The Beginner’s Guide

Art isn’t limited to painting. Art encompasses a broad swath of creative endeavors – like drawing, crafting, making music, sewing, sculpting, and even writing. When it comes to writing a book, or even getting it published, bad advice is everywhere. The same is true for completing a manuscript. Yet while understanding writing and craft is …

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