To Live and Die with Art

Painting psychology

I’m a painter. I’m not even ashamed to say so. The palette knife is my favorite tool but I do use the brush. I’m not the worst or even in the middle among the millions of artists around the world.

But let’s face it. No matter how good we think we are, there is always someone better at expressing themselves in our chosen area of expression. So the only person you can and should compare yourself to is yourself. That is so easy to say but human nature is irresistible. So the best we can do is to remind ourselves that improvemnt is the real goal, no matter what level you’re at.

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Simple Impressionistic Painting

Let’s Start Painting. Here’s a simple step by step start

Let’s Paint! We’ll start with a simple painting in an impressionistic style. I will show some steps. But I know you’re going to say, “How did you go from one step to the next?” I know, I hate those guides too, but I’ll fill in as much as I can for you.

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Philosophy / Psychology of Painting

Here’s a common question. Why do you paint? Easy to answer, right? I didn’t think so.

To say that everyone has their own reasons to paint is a cliche. We have in all of us God-given creativity. Some paint, draw, mold, spin, weave, knit, record, play an instrument, act, dance, etc.

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7 Important aspects of a beautiful Painting

(by Shafik Al-Hamdani )

Since the early 1990s, when I first started painting, I was not only enjoying the paintings I found  “beautiful,” but also having a good time analyzing them and writing critiques on what makes them so attractive.  I was eager to answer the general question: “What constitutes ‘Beauty’ in art?”

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Mediums (Not the Spooky Kind)

Adding mixing media to your paint can be tricky

As we delve deeper into the world of paints and media and additives (mixing mediums), you will discover a whole spectrum of possibilities for your paint. You can go with straight paint our of the tube, liquid (usually acrylics) or you can add a mixing medium to enhance your paint.

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Help, I Have a Blank Canvas

Starting a new painting is much like a writer starting a new project.

Starting a new painting is much like a writer starting a new project. Writers are told to just write if they are stuck. Just do stream of consciousness until the brain kicks into gear. Well sometimes it’s the same thing for a painter. Sometimes just experimenting with colour and strokes is enough to engage the creative side.

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The Wonderful World of Painting

The very basic basics of painting

Painter Painting  Painter
Acrylic on canvas, 24×18″ 2014

So you want to know more about painting. Well, that’s a deep subject (Pun intended). I guess we need to find a starting point. If you are new to painting, welcome. If you’re already well versed in painting and have some skills, please bear with me as we tackle the basics for a few posts.

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