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Tips From the Palette

CHICAGO STYLE

Richard Rooker

CHICAGO STYLE

An amazing and awe inspiring place: the Art Institute of Chicago!

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BEYOND THE BOX

Richard Rooker

BEYOND THE BOX

A painting experience that was spiritually driven and quite literally outside of the box!

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BRUSHING UP

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BRUSHING UP

Is your artist brush collection starting to look like your kitchen gadget drawer?  See what watercolorist Richard Rooker's ever growing solution was.

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Using the Rule of Thirds to Your Advantage

Susan Radke

One of the most basic rules in visual art composition is called The Rule of Thirds.  It's been used throughout history to help determine placement of elements within a painting.  Understanding how this rule works will help you lay out your composition and determine your focal point in order to achieve the effect you're after. Simply put, the rule of thirds states that if you divide your composition into three equal parts horizontally and vertically, and then place the elements of the painting along these lines or at the point where the lines intersect, you'll achieve a pleasing arrangement.  Let's take a...

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Now That's a Stretch!

Susan Radke

When painting on canvas, an artist will almost always have to stretch their canvas or purchase it pre-stretched on a wooden frame.  However, for a watercolor artist painting on paper, there are choices.  Small size watercolor pads or “blocks” come with all four sides glued and only a small area unglued to facilitate removing a sheet (finished painting) from the block.  In this case, one would not nor need to stretch the paper. So why stretch our paper at all?  With large sheets and large washes (passages of wet watercolor), un-stretched (un-restrained) paper has a tendency to warp or buckle, leaving...

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