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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.” (Like this? Tweet it!)Greene’s work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as The Smithsonian Institution, plus more than 500 other collections.
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10 Steps to Determine Values in Watercolor

Although I am known for using vibrant colors to create what appear to be playful, spontaneous images in my watercolor paintings, the key to the success of these paintings is the value structure of the compositions. by David R. DanielsBefore you begin painting thevalue sketch or the watercolorpainting, draw graphite lines onboth sheets of paper to markand connect the centers of eachside, as well as the corners.
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Oil Pastels Over Acrylics

Q. I work on paper by first covering the surface with acrylics, and then using oil pastels on top. Sometimes I use a touch of thinner to smooth the oil pastels. Is there anything objectionable about this process in terms of longevity?A. The oil pastels will probably adhere to the acrylic paint without a problem, but there are some issues to consider.
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Work-for-Hire Agreement

Q. Does a commissioned piece of art created without a contract fall under the work-for-hire agreement, which states that the copyright is completely transferred, allowing the buyer to modify and resell the artwork?A. The copyright law defines a work made for hire as a work especially ordered or commissioned pursuant to a written contract, that is, (1) a contribution to a collective work, (2) part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, (3) a translation, (4) a supplementary work, (5) a compilation, (6) an instructional text, (7) a test, (8) answer material for a test, or (9) an atlas; or a work created by an employee within the scope of his/her employment.
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Jonathan Talbot’s Collage Fusing Method

Many collage artists attach paper elements with acrylic matte or gloss medium. Jonathan Talbot discovered another technique, which requires that the collage materials be precoated with acrylic medium, which is allowed to dry before work on the collage begins. The compositional elements are then cut, torn, manipulated or otherwise arranged until the artist comes up with a satisfactory composition.
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