Beyond Bob Ross- Relax with How-to Oil Paint Videos

Vid links to Keating painting in the style of Rembrandt, but you can find this Van Gogh Vid as well. Disclaimer: I don't always agree with Tom's technical breakdown exactly, but I find it fascinating how relaxed this man is, and how he can talk and paint from his head so effortlessly! 

I spent part of the day working on the computer while half watching/listening to Tom Keating on YouTube. 
Have you watched that guy? He knows a version of the history of the artists' lives and techniques (Not sure it's always correct) and can paint with such ease while talking without edit cuts. It's amazing! Okay, it is a little cartoon-y but seriously! I don't know how he can just invent on canvas like that while talking!
So... I look up more about him, and sure enough, he was an art forger before he hosted his TV how-to show. I should have known. I have a "thing" for British art forgers, artists, and gardeners I guess. The accent, the paints, copying old masters, the flowers... ah... all so peaceful. And there's always Bob Ross:)
Find Tom Keating and John Myatt (The Forger's Masterclass) on YouTube and Bob Ross everywhere. Tom Keating's vid on Rembrandt impressed me.

Relax and enjoy. Especially relax.

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How Being a Small Town Artist Can Help Your Career

By Thimgan Hayden

I was talking to an artist currently living on an island in Alaska. A small island. They were struggling with feeling alone artistically and bemoaning the fact that, with so few people, there was little support for building a career there.

If you find yourself in a space like this, let me encourage you. You have a unique opportunity to own your niche! You are “the artist.” If you are one of a few artists, you are still the only one expressing yourself the way you do and you’re poised for a place of confidence.

If you are independently wealthy and an artist, that’s fantastic.

For the rest of us, I’m going to give us some tough love.

Are you blaming yourself for not being a “better” painter? sculptor, singer?

Let’s assume you’ve gotten some honest feedback and you know you’ve got something special. If that’s the case, stop blaming yourself. Your skill is probably not what’s holding you back. Everybody knows of some Grandma Moses or Expressionist painter (I’m a painter so I mostly know about other painters) that became famous in spite of their unpolished art. There are lots of them! Breathe deeply! You can do this!

There are two ways that I can think of to stay alive and be an artist starting out:

Be financially supported by someone or something else.

Be willing to have at least part of your income come from some other venture/s other than your art.

Either one of these choices comes with a mindset that may take cultivating.

Your successful creative mindset is going to look like this:

*Relax and let your art be what it is and stand on its own. Don’t force it to bear all of the financial pressure.

*Most art comes from a place of plenty in yourself; physically, spiritually, or emotionally. If you force it to bear financial pressure, it puts unrealistic expectations on your fans and yourself.

*Be willing to understand that being an artist, to the public, is like you being a story, a theme, a collectible, in their life’s narrative! You, and your story, and your art bring them something that resonates with them and helps them tell their story! 

Because of this last point, I have come to accept and even love the “B” word- Branding.

In a small town, there is no one better at being you than you.

As long as your work/your story resonates with a group of people, you have the opportunity to take center stage easier than you would anywhere else.

If there is a distinct, unifying character to your town and the people that live there-even better! Try to tap into the subjects, the colors, the interests that pull a town together. If you’re a desert dweller, you’ve got sand, muted greens and bright sunsets. By waterways, you have blues and greens.

Most art consumers don’t go into the market with a check sheet of technical criteria.

Initially, your buyers or fans are drawn by your art combined with what you represent to them, then comes your increasing exposure and more people seeing or hearing your story, then come the credentials, the press, further exposure, etc. At some point, those scorecards may come out, but they tend to be judging your popularity, which may come from how you wield your technique, but a large part of that equation is the authentic you.

I hope you find this helpful in your journey. Peace

Using Lead White in Oil Painting- New Research Puts to Rest Some Old Concerns

Using Lead White in Oil Painting- New Research Puts to Rest Some Old Concerns

Old masters' oil painting techniques fawn over the creamy, textural properties of white paint that contains lead. It dries quickly, has dreamy body (yes, still talking about oil paint), and has a certain warm silver cast to the color that adds an old master's look to your work. I was taught to be afraid of the paint interacting with other, synthetic paints, like cadmiums, but...