The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

Live Outside the Box

"I am an abstract painter, but after losing my fabulous German Shepherd, I decided to paint her. This opened a whole world as I discovered I loved painting animals. There is something magical about painting their personalities." -Gwen Fox
 
Sometimes branching outside of your comfort zone gives you insight into who you are as an artist (or...
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Learn Something from Every Painting

Very often, even what appears to be the worst disaster of a painting has merit. 
 
Either it provides the inspiration for the next painting or it reveals a solution to a painting problem that has been eluding me for ages. 
 
I always learn something from every painting — no matter how “bad” it turns out.
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Painting Without Seeing

"Everything you can imagine is real." -Pablo Picasso
 
Some people say, "seeing is believing." Well, I say that way of life is no fun at all.
 
Creativity takes flight when you alter the world around you and read between the lines. There is nothing more satisfying than using your head for something besides a hat rack.
 
So get...
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Perspective

"Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship." -Leonardo da Vinci
 
Perspective is what guides painting. PERIOD. Yet the statement is more complex than a superficial reading would have you realize.
 
Perspective is altered by emotions, imagination, recollection, and many other things. It is not a...
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Rufus is a Bully!

Rufus is the snooty, know it all, art critic that lives inside the mind of every artist.
 
Rufus is standing between you and your future self as a successful Photoshop Artisan. 
 
He is an enemy of your success. 
 
When you hear Rufus whispering in your ear, take a moment and write down the insults he spews. 
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For the Storms of Doubt

"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." -Robert Hughes
 
Every artist has doubted his or her work at some point (or even at every point). The more you grow and spend time with your artwork, the more you will question if you made the right decisions in the...
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An Artist's Eye

"The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of." -Leonardo da Vinci
 
An artist's eye is something to behold. It is unique in that it is capable of seeing the unseen, holding it within the mind, and releasing it to the chosen medium. A "catch-and-release" master so to speak.
 
Watching an image in the mind come to life through a...
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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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