The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

A Place in the Sunlight

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." ~ Henry Ward Beecher
 
The inner artist finds a way. Whether you realize it or not, he/she is vying for a place within your painting.
 
Inserting a piece of yourself into your artwork does NOT make you selfish or self-centered. It makes you...
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Set the Tone Through Routine

"Dog owners who are passionate about their pets and their painting enjoy a privilege. Perhaps it is because we have an obligation to get out there and walk... no matter what the elements may bring, the early morning walk sets the tone for the day in the studio." - Adrienne Moore
 
Whether or not you have a dog, having a routine that "sets...
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Comparison: The Thief of Joy

“The painter must give a completely free rein to any feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing to which he is naturally drawn.” 
-Lucian Freud
 
We often let voices creep into our heads that tell us...
 
"You're not talented enough to create that."
 
"That's been done before."
 
"(insert name here)...
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Flower Power: The Roots that Intertwine

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” 
-Claude Monet
 
Inspiration for art is all around us. We search for beauty in even the most mundane things, and then, our inner artist does something magical. It brings into existence our imagination's invention on canvas, computer, or whichever medium you choose to use....
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It's OK to Have No Answers

Let me let you in on a little secret that took me YEARS to figure out.
 
It's okay to not have all the answers.
 
Finding the answers to the kinds of questions that will allow you to express your artistic voice will seem intimidating at first. 
 
In fact, it’s perfectly okay not to know ANY of the answers. 
 
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The Eyes of the Creator and the Beholder

"Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen." 
-Pablo Picasso
 
Reality for each person is often based on feelings and emotions. Everyone has a slightly different outlook on what is truly happening or trying to be conveyed.
 
Art replicates this...
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Adding Color Freehand in Photoshop CC

 
Sometimes I can paint straight through from sketch to final product.
 
Sometimes I have to walk away for 24 hours.
 
Sometimes... a LOT longer.
 
In this case, I walked away for about a week before deciding to revisit the sketch part of this piece. I started it on a rainy afternoon after being inspired by another artist's work....
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Rufus Wants to Silence ALL Positivity

Rufus is the snooty, know it all, art critic that lives inside the mind of every artist.
 
Positive affirmations change your mindset, which in turn can change your artistic life.  
 
Rufus hates them and will do everything in his power to silence them.
 
Rufus will try to convince you that saying nice things about your...
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Beauty in Simplicity

"The ear is actually a sense inferior to the eye. The hearing can only grasp a single sound at a time, whereas the sight takes in everything and simultaneously simplifies it at will." 
-Paul Gauguin
 
Sometimes simplicity is our greatest ally. Decomposing a picture down to the focal points provides increased emphasis on the subject....
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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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