My story of art, music, cartoons and this website. I am not a natural born artist. I’ve been drawing all my life, but not without great effort. There are teenagers who can draw and paint circles around me, even now. I am not jealous or envious, because I have a fire under my fanny that … Continue reading A Colorful Journey
Title: Urania and Ptolemy Artist: Anawanitia Medium: Oil Support: Stretched Canvas Size: 18x24 inches Date Completed: June 28, 2018 Framed: not necessary This picture was adapted from an inspirational small stamp woodcut illustration that is in many old world texts books about astronomy. It was originally from Johann de Scarobusco’s Textus de Sphaera that was … Continue reading Urania and Ptolemy
Outsourced doctors use robots to communicate and interact with patients. Political cartoon. Anyone else absolutely horrified?
Dragonfly Acrylic painting by Anawanitia Petty Acrylics are not oils. Acrylics are not watercolors. Acrylics are not gouache. Sometimes those obvious facts need to bear repeating. There are techniques you can use to create similar effects to those paints, but once you understand that acrylics are acrylics, your paintings will shine. Compare an acrylic painting … Continue reading Acrylic Personality
The experimental nature of an artist is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes you just have to throw everything against the wall to see what sticks, and what doesn’t.
Small, Medium or Large, there are a variety of art supply boxes that will cater to any artist. Here are three of the most popular. From left to right: Guerrilla Painter Box 9x12, a traditional paint box and a French Easel. Three styles of art boxes. Which do you choose? Let us first go through … Continue reading What is the Difference Between a French Easel, Guerrilla Painter and a Traditional Paint Box?
Choosing a few key professional quality art supplies can save you oodles, while providing better results. Work out your ideas on affordable medium quality mixed media paper before commiting your idea to a canvas or expensive watercolor paper. For those artists who do not get to paint or create very often because of cost, you … Continue reading The Frugal Artist
My favorite iPad apps. With my writings on the iPad Warrior series, there is a bit of warning. Apps get scrapped frequently. So be very wary about giving your hard earned money an app, you need to think about number one, and how it will affect your projects in both the short run and the … Continue reading App Scrap
The following painting and artist books are my favorite art instuctional books in my library, and frequently recommend them. Oil Painting Solution Book for Landscape Artists This book while targeted toward outdoor painters, plein air painters, and those painting from a photograph about landscapes, there is so much more value in this book. I reference … Continue reading Top 10 Art Instruction Books
Studio Safety Professional paints contain pigments are the same or nearly the same in all mediums. Some pigments contain ingredients such as cobalt, cadmium or lead, which are toxic. There are a plethora of pigments that are not toxic, and will give you a full palette of colors. Acrylics Acrylics take no less than 20 … Continue reading Art Studio Tips