The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

Painting Is...

"Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed; contemplating it, everyone can create a story at the will of his imagination and--with a single glance--have his soul invaded by the most profound recollections; no effort of memory, everything is summed up in one instant."
-Paul Gauguin
 
There is so much to...
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Enjoy the Journey

Imagine you’re out for a Sunday drive...
 
You turn down an unfamiliar road, and it turns out to be a dead end.
 
You may feel frustrated that you’ve gone nowhere. But the truth is — you picked up things along the way.  
 
If you start a painting and it doesn’t turn out like you...
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Conveying the Intrinsic Nature

"Novelty is seldom the essential...make a subject better from its intrinsic nature." -Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
 
Clients aren't actually wanting the piece they send you.
 
Wait, what?
 
Yes, it's true. The unspoken desire of a client is for the character, or intrinsic nature, of the person, place, pet, or object to be conveyed...
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Dealing with Stress

"I hope we don't get to the point where we have to have the cat stop chasing the mouse to teach him glassblowing and basket weaving." -Joseph Barbera
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed with creative project ideas? Struggling to finish the one you started? In either case, never fear! There is a solution.
 
If you are someone who starts...
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Rufus Stifles Our Ability to Feel

Rufus is the snooty, know it all, art critic that lives inside the mind of every artist.
 
To some extent, Rufus might be protecting us from feeling certain emotions, but long-term, this can actually stifle our progress.
 
We should ask ourselves — what is it that I’m really scared of?
 
Losing control?
 
Ruining...
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Artistic Harmony

"What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony parallel with nature." -Paul Cezanne
 
Ever heard the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" Most of us have and generally agree with the statement. However, what is central to this statement and understanding the one...
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Enrollment...

This is how you're going to feel if you miss it.
 
Enough said...‍
 
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
 
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Two Questions Every Artist Should Ask

There are two questions every artist should ask:
 
1) How can I interpret this subject with my own artistic voice? 
 
2) How can I paint this subject without being married to the literal interpretation in a way that is true to my ever-evolving style?  
 
Answering these two questions is the underlying foundation of...
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It's Never Too Late

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis
 
We often let the labels society places on us define what we are capable of doing. However, it is important to keep perspective and realize that these labels do not define who we are but merely provide a schema for others to start trying to understand us...
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Simulating Cold Wax

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means PAINT, and that voice will be silenced." -Vincent van Gogh
 
If you've ever experienced the joy of painting with oils and cold wax medium, you know what interesting textures can be achieved by utilizing different tools. That was my goal with this painting -- to...
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