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Using Digital Technology in Traditional Painting

With all the apps for mobile devices and software available to draw, paint or editing photos which several are free, it is easier than ever for traditional painters to use these tools and integrate them into their creative process. There are artists who take digital photos of their paintings in the course of production and test, using software or app, various ways to make them evolve. That helps them to visualize what would look like their paintings with an additional glaze or if they add a contrasted color for example…

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Cold Wax and Oil Painting on TerraSkin Paper, Q&A

Is it possible to paint with cold wax medium and oil on TerraSkin paper? Do the paint layers risk cracking? Will it stick well to the smooth surface of the paper? What will be the feel of paint on TerraSkin with cold wax and oil? I had to find answers to those questions, and I did after a few experiments. Today, I share the answers with you.

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The Challenge of Spontaneous and Assertive Lines

Do you remember the last paintings I showed you which were made with cold wax and oil? Today, I present to you more paintings done using the same technique. As mentioned several times on the blog, I like to challenge myself when I paint, to deliberately go out of my comfort zone. My goal is to develop new skills and to overcome my creative limits. This time, I was challenged myself to incorporate spontaneous and assertive lines into my paintings. Here are photos of the result…

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Of a Complex Simplicity: Three Cold Wax, Oil and Acrylic Paintings

Recently I showed you the steps involved in the creation of three cold wax and oil artworks painted over a textured acrylic background and I mentioned how fear of going too far when painting is the signal for me that I have to go for it. If you have not read this blog post, it is here. Today, I present you photos of three paintings born from defying the fear. I like the “complex simplicity” of these paintings. You know what I mean? In spite of the global simplicity of the paintings, when we look at them closer, we see that the simplicity is only superficial and …

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Thumbing My Nose to the Fear of Going Too Far

The fear of going too far. You know that fear we face when our painting satisfies us and we hesitate to go further because it might ruin all the work done so far? It takes courage to paint, you certainly noticed that. I do not feel that kind of fear when I’m doing digital painting. I simply save the file to any point and I can go back to a previous version as needed, but with oil paint, the fear resurfaces at full speed. Luckily, I learned to use it as a springboard or even to consider it as a friend. When the fear points its nose, it is the signal that I must go further…

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Three Paintings to Go Further

Today I present you the last three cold wax and oil paintings on acrylic from the short series about the senses. This time, I wanted to work in a color range including greens. Why? Simply because I do not feel at ease painting with dark greens. The use of this color does not come naturally to me and that is exactly the reason why I challenged myself to include it in these paintings.

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50 Sources of Inspiration for Your Paintings

To the question “Where to find inspiration for my painting,” I want to answer: everywhere. It would be short and truly representative of what I think, but if you’re out of inspiration, this answer will not help you and I am perfectly aware of it. So, here’s for you a list of some sources to dig in for inspiration. See for yourself which help you the most when you are in front of a blank canvas or a sheet of paper desperately white…

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New in the Online Shop: Acrylic Ink Paintings

I am pleased to announce you that most of acrylic ink paintings that you saw on the blog since last March are now available in the online shop. Look for the Shop >> Originals tabs from the top navigating menu (or click here for a direct access ). The main goal for this series of paintings was to learn to work with transparent acrylic inks and to know how they behave on eco-friendly mineral paper (also called “rock or stone paper”) made of calcium carbonate, the all in a spirit of discovery centred on spontaneity and fun.

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More Paintings From the Series on Senses

Today I present you two cold wax and oil paintings from my series centered on the creative process, especially on the senses. They were created in the same way as the painting I show you two weeks ago (look here) with multiple layers of oil paint and painting cold wax medium. The texture effect is truly nicer to see in real, but since it is impossible to invite you all to visit my little home-based art studio, here are some photos…

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