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Modern Tools - Classical Methods

Painting is Poetry

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." 
-Plutarch
 
Though there is no sound attached to it, painting speaks volumes louder than words. It cannot be overpowered by other paintings because each must be appreciated separately. Even within a single painting, each stroke does not speak over the last; they merely...
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What Opportunity Do You See?

Expressing your own artistic voice means looking at the subject and studying the opportunities it offers. Instead of looking at the subject and letting it tell us how to render it, we, as Photoshop Artisans, should learn to ask...
 
“What part of my artistic voice can I bring to this subject?”
 
To create is to use...
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Working Freehand in Photoshop CC

 
Have you ever seen another artist's work and thought to yourself, "Man! I'd really like to try that!"
 
Happens to me all.the.time.
 
Beyond the Brushes members were invited to watch over my shoulder, LIVE and in real time, as I fought my way through painting this intriguing little project freehand. Yes, you'll see the reference, but...
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Abstract Evokes the Reality of Experience

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” 
-Lucian Freud
 
Art is more than an image. It is a feeling. When you paint, your brushstrokes are guided by more than your eye. The mind is a powerful tool, and art enhances it by changing the way you experience the world...
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Rufus Wants to Steal Your Balance

Rufus is the snooty, know it all, art critic that lives inside the mind of every artist.
You must only paint your lessons. 
Don’t deviate from the lessons. 
The lessons are the most important thing. 
Yet another tactic Rufus employs to crush your artistic aspirations. 
Do not paint your lessons simply out of...
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Imagination: Joining the Eye and the Mind

"There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other."
-Paul Cezanne

Painted 100% freehand in Adobe Photoshop CC using a Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen, this painting was created for PPA's International Photographic Competition, where it was chosen for the prestigious Loan collection and also won a...

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Mimicking the Beauty Around You

"In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light."
-Hans Hofmann
 
Mimicking the beauty of people, nature, and objects in artwork is not outside of your ability. You are creative at your core and can be far more successful than those with talent by just having the will to learn. Don't sell yourself short with...
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Where Creativity is Found...

Creativity is often found in uncertainty and happens in its truest form when you let go and allow your knowledge of Photoshop painting tools and spontaneous brushstrokes to lead the way.

Painted in Adobe Photoshop CC with custom made brushes using a Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.

 

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Hand Painting in Photoshop

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of the self-proclaimed "I can't draw stick people" crowd like the words "hand painting". I've been told many times that people feel like they have no other choice but to use a painting filter because they do not possess the skill to paint in Photoshop by hand.

"Hand painting" sounds much scarier than it...

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One painting - Four Finishes

I did an interesting social media experiment a couple of weeks back.  I created a single painting and then altered it into four slightly different finishes.  Then I posted to social media asking everyone to select their favorite and give a reason why.

What a fascinating glimpse into individual art tastes this was!  

The image...

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