Category: Art Journal

Artist’s journal, ideas from a professional artist, painting tips, art lessons

The Importance of Sketchbooks

This is one of the most important of all artist’s tools. Whether you doodle in it just a little bit per day or draw elaborate pictures, you will see a difference in your paintings. Even if you do not have…

Orphic Egg – Birth of the Universe

This Primordial Egg has been known by many names, including the World Egg, Orphic Egg and Cosmic Egg. Title: Birth of the Universe Artist: Anawanitia Medium: Acrylic Support: Watercolor Paper Size: 11″ by 8″ Year Completed: June 25, 2014 The…

Bleeding Hearts Oil Painting

Adorn your abode with the beauty of flowers that will never wilt! This original oil painting depicts pink Bleeding Heart flowers that gently slope beneath a goregous green vine like little bells. Title: Bleeding Hearts Artist: Anawanitia Medium: Oil Size:…

Painting Supports

  I kept some of my favorite paintings from the beginning of my painting journey. The supports use are watercolor paper, canvas, stretched canvas, Bristol board, Yupo and canvas panels. Some with black gesso as the ground. For acrylics, I…

State of Mind

Ordinarily, I do not use naughty words, but in this situation, it works very well. Many artists do not realize that when painting, true feelings and insecurities show in the work like a sore thumb. It is a fact. I…

What Do The Paint Color Numbers Mean? 

  Short lesson painting numbers are available on every professional brand of paint. It looks like this: The code of PG7 is Pigment Green number seven. This is Phthalocyanine Green, blue shade. Learning these codes will help you find the…

Top 5 Student Grade Oil Paint

Yes, there are many professionals who use student grade and for good reason. Several pigments such as the phthalocyanine, quinacridones and some of the earth colors are so heavily pigmented, that you actually have an advantage purchasing the student quality…

Developing Your Artistic Style

Painting is both a discipline and a creative outlet. As you evolve, so does your art. And as in other aspects of life, you have to put your effort into painting in order to hone your skills and develop your…

Utrecht Cadmium-free Paints

Utrecht had come out with cadmium free paints recently boasting very similar hues of the most popular cadmium colors of red, yellow, and orange. Now, in some of the colors they really did a great job finding the right hue,…