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How To Evaluate Your Art by Stephen Lursen

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How To Evaluate Your Art by Stephen Lursen

Hi! Welcome to today's blog article where I talk about how you can evaluate, consider, and develop your artwork. To begin talking about how to evaluate art in general, you must first have a strong understanding of how to talk about the elements and principles of art and design. Once you can break apart a painting into its core elements and principles, you can critique it alone or in a group and ensure everyone else understands exactly what you're talking about. It also allows you to simplify a potentially complicated image to evaluate the core purpose or message within the art...

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Basic Art Supplies for Success

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Basic Art Supplies for Success

What art supplies do I need to get started making art?  1.) Once you figure out what you want to make based on your inspirational set of images. Ask yourself, "What medium do I need to use to achieve a like result?" To answer this check the material/media list from the artist's painting. Typically when you find a painting on a gallery - even online- it will include the material and media used. That starts your shopping list. Sometimes you see they use a mix of media such as acrylics, collage, ink, watercolor, or oil. Many of these can be...

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Ever After 2017 Blog Hop and Give Away!!!

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Ever After 2017 Blog Hop and Give Away!!!

____________________________________________________ Ever After 2017 - Blog Hop & Give Away! ____________________________________________________ Hello everyone! I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Ever After this year! I am so honored and proud to be one of the selected teachers and my hope is to meet new artists and students through this amazing opportunity from Willowing Arts. And even MORE exciting news is that I can GIVE AWAY ONE SPACE on this magical new collaborative art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After and if you want to find out how you...

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Find Out Friday with Stephen Lursen

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Find Out Friday with Stephen Lursen

Hello everyone! I am excited to have been included in Donna Downey's "Find Out Fridays" weekly online workshops as an October instructor! If you'd like to find out more about Donna's 2016 Find Out Friday's free weekly instructional videos just click the link. I received a bag of 5 mystery items in the mail, not knowing what the heck I was going to get, and loved the experience of getting to create using materials I am not used to. The only material I was used to was the paint marker. Everything else was new to me and I thought anxiously...

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Are you using the best paint for your style?

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Are you using the best paint for your style?

In this video and blog post I'm talking about the most popular types of paint. If you have looked at art online and seen an artist use acrylics or oils and thought "What's the real difference? I wonder why the artist chose to use that?" Then this info should be very helpful! The painting media I include are: Acrylics - water based, quick dry time, can be mixed with a huge variety of acrylic mediums to change the paint's consistency, opacity, drying time, texture, finish, etc. Can be thinned with water but only to a max of 30%. If you dilute acrylics more than...

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