Feedback from Tamara L Smithee-Smith
My mother says I have always drawn. She remembers me drawing detailed trees as a small child. All I know is I have always used art as a way to escape.
I am bipolar and was not diagnosed until I was 40 years old ..I was a police officer who worked the bombing and two awful tornadoes and was injured in the line of duty more than once. During the most awful times I drew.
I dropped my basket as we say in the South except I kicked mine and ran over it with a car. …
Photographer Josef Fischnaller shoots portraits that recreate famous paintings by the Old Masters, often including some humorous modern day elements in the scene. To Your Creative Success, Natalie Richy and Vladimir London Web Art Academy Founders
Feedback from Luis Samaniego
Fame and money was never something I sought after with painting. It was always more about creating something personal and tangible that showed a part of me, or reflected a time in my life. Some people sing or play instruments, and I always found art to be a wonderful outlet and almost meditative in a way. I miss the mentality and confidence I had as a painter, and I find myself wanting to release the creative work I have in my mind without having to worry about the basics of painting nor the techniques themselves. Currently, I feel like I’m holding back on the canvas. I want to be able to wake up and paint, no holding back. …
Feedback from Christine
I started when I was 48 years old. My purpose was to be able to sketch from life everything that touch my heart. Not easy without good drawing skills and very difficult to find good teachers. Once I try to paint, oil painting and pastels but without good drawing skills it isn’t possible to make good paintings. I like so much the works of the old masters, as the academic style. I would like to improve nude drawings from life models. Now I’m a member of the Drawing Academy, there’s a lot of works and I’m happy to learn more and more ! …
The Rembrandt Palette Rembrandt created his portraits with a small palette of colours dominated by dark earth tones and golden highlights. Remember the number of pigments available to the 17th century artist were miniscule when compared to those available to the modern artist. Rembrandt was unusual in that he used around hundred, but less than 20 pigments have been detected in Vermeer’s oeuvre. Portraits by Rembrandt have a special quality- the brilliant use of light to illumine faces, jewels and rich fabrics; the effective use of a limited palette, and the rich, dark, transparent backgrounds all set off the subjects of his portraiture in a way never seen before and often imitated afterwards. It has been said that a painter has…
Henri Fantin-Latour (14 January 1836 – 25 August 1904) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers. As a youth, he received drawing lessons from his father, who was an artist. In 1850 he entered the Ecole de Dessin, where he studied with Lecoq de Boisbaudran. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1854, he devoted much time to copying the works of the old masters in the Louvre. Although he befriended several of the young artists who would later be associated with Impressionism, including Whistler and Manet, Fantin’s own work remained conservative and classical in style. Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England, where his still-lifes sold so well that they were “practically unknown in France during his lifetime”. In addition to his realistic paintings, Fantin-Latour created imaginative lithographs inspired by…