Underpainting Tips from Artist Eric Bossik

Artist Eric Bossik

Need to know the facts about underpainting? Just ask pro Eric Bossik.He is the author the new instructional oil painting e-book, How to Create an Underpainting Like the Old Masters: A Step-By-Step Guide. Here he shares some of his underpainting tips in this interview for Art Questions Answered: Alina Bradford (Q): What is the number one underpainting tip you think every beginning artist should know? Eric Bossik (EB): Well, there aren’t any single tips or magic tricks that will get you where you need to be. Underpainting is a process that involves developing many different skills. The main focus of underpainting is value (dark … Continue reading

Posing Groups for Portrait Paintings

group of people image by Gabriella Fabbri

By Alina Bradford When portrait painting, posing groups of people can create a problem with composition. The trick is to use angles and symmetry to your advantage. Group portrait painting is a challenge for any artist. The subjects need to be arranged so that the composition is pleasing in the finished painting. This can be done by positioning the people in tried and true configurations that have served the masters well over the centuries. Using Angles in Portraits With smaller groups of people, it is easy to just bunch them together and start painting, but a good artist will arrange … Continue reading

FAY RAY Part Object Art Exibit

fay ray

September 6 – October 11, 2014 Opening reception: Saturday, September 6 from 6-9pm Samuel Freeman is pleased to present Part Object, a solo exhibition by Fay Ray. Composed of sculpture, painting, photographs, and photomontages, Part Object occupies both galleries and courtyard. Life and death, light and dark, good and bad, part and whole—these contrasts are the conceptual genesis for the show. The exhibition borrows its title from Melanie Klein’s Object Relations theory, which outlines the idea of the self as constructed from positively and negatively charged experiences with objects (and parts of objects) in our earliest stages of life. This work is about the … Continue reading

Painting with Sponges, Kitchen Aids and More

unusual art supplies

Ideas for Using Household Objects in Your Paintings By Alina Bradford  For years artists have used all kinds of creative objects to “sponge paint” interesting shapes, textures, and designs onto their canvases. Not only is it fun to use things to paint with that you wouldn’t normally, it also adds interest to your work. Here are some ideas you can use to create your own effects. Painting With Plastic Wrap  Many artists use crumpled plastic wrap, either dipped into paint and dabbed onto the canvas, or dry and dabbed onto the wet canvas. This makes wild, marble-like marks.  Creating With … Continue reading

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Offers New Creative Tools, Redesigned for Faster Results

New editing tools, faster brushes and modern UI updates make PaintShop® Pro X7 the affordable photo and design choice for creating stunning images and projects  Ottawa, ON – August 27, 2014 – Corel’s Photo Editing group introduces Corel® PaintShop® Pro X7 and Corel® PaintShop® Pro X7 Ultimate, the latest editions of its professional quality photo editing and design software. Photographers and designers can achieve their best work faster with the new content-aware Magic Fill, extensive user interface improvements and brushes that offer a 30% performance boost. Giving photo pros and enthusiasts an image editing application that’s affordable and easy to use, Corel PaintShop Pro … Continue reading

Painting Composition Ideas

Fried egg composition

By Alina Bradford One of the best ways for an artist to add variety to artwork is to play with painting composition. A painting’s composition is basically the viewer’s window into the artist’s world, so it should be kept interesting and lively for the best effect.  The Fried Egg Composition Most art teachers advise against the fried egg composition, but if done well, this style of subject placement can be very effective. A fried egg composition is when the subject is placed dead-center on the canvas. Normally this creates a boring composition because the eye is sucked into the center … Continue reading


gallery art exibit

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT 92ND STREET Y WEILL ART GALLERY September 3 – October 20 Viewing Hours: 12 – 4 pm NEW YORK, NY: August 19 – Film/TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer calls him ‘The Master.” Mark Walhberg calls him “The best ever.” He is consistently the highest ranked photographer in the world on IMDB Pro (Internet Movie Data Base, the gold standard of entertainment universe standings). His images have become the campaigns for such films as The Crow, Training Day, National Treasure,Transformers, Pursuit of Happyness and many more. He has done photography for Will Smith and has served as the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. From September 3 – October 20 acclaimed movie … Continue reading

What Does Fat Over Lean Mean?


By Alina Bradford In oil painting, new artists are told to paint “fat over lean,” but what does this really mean? Fat over lean, thin under thick and thinnest to thickest are all ways of saying the same thing in oil painting; make the painting dry properly by using the right consistency of paint at the right time. Using this concept, an artist can make their painting more stable and long-lasting. So how does an artist go about painting fat over lean? The process is actually quite simple. The Fat Over Lean Painting Process To paint fat over lean, the … Continue reading

University of Richmond Museums opens Janet Hamlin: Sketches from Guantanamo

Janet Hamlin: Sketches from Guantanamo opens September 11 and is on view through November 21, 2014, in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, and the International Gallery, Carole Weinstein International Center. Contemporary artist, author, and illustrator Janet Hamlin (American, born 1961) has worked as a courtroom sketch artist at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base tribunals since 2006, documenting the trials of the detainees. Since cameras and recording equipment are forbidden in the trials, her drawings form the only visual record of events that have taken place there. On view are a selection of drawings and sketchbooks from the … Continue reading

Almost Free Art Tables

By Alina Bradford How to create your own workspace for your art supplies. Every artist needs a place to keep their art supplies, even if it’s at a homemade desk in the coroner of their room. There are several easy ways to make a homemade desk out of things that are cheap and easy to find.  The first step is deciding on how big you want the desk and how much weight it will need to hold. For example, if you will be using a computer, you will need a bigger desktop and it will need to be able to … Continue reading