Remember Your Focal Point when Painting

The term focal point has been popping up all around me lately as I continue on the journey to become a better painter an artist. It’s almost like somebody is trying to tell me something. I know that sometimes I do cram a lot into one of my pieces. Looking back, I think it would be fair to say that this artist could have taken more advantage of using a single focal point at times. I will be doing much better in that department from now on…

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Breaking Rules is Good Once in a While…or Every Day

“Holding Pattern” Craig Shillam, colored pencil, 11 3/8″ x 19 3/8″

 

Sometimes you need to play it safe, and other times breaking rules is absolutely necessary. There are some basic guidelines in our everyday life and in creating art, but doesn’t it feel good to be a little defiant once in a while?

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Still Life Painting with Teal Pitcher and Fruit

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Never in a million years did I think I would take a liking to still life painting. It certainly was not on the things I must do before I kick the bucket list. But I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it. Even though this still life painting is on my website, I had forgotten all about it. It all started with this small, cool looking teal blue pitcher…

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An Exhibit on Impressionism with a Twist

 

"Washerwomen at Trouville," Eugene Louis Boudin, Oil on Panel, 1885

When most people think of impressionism, they think of the Mt. Rushmore of the movement. Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and maybe a couple of others. These names crossed my mind too before I stepped through the doors of an exhibit on Impressionism at our local museum. But there was no Monet, no Degas, no Manet. However there were 41 Impressionism paintings tracing the beginning of the movement from Europe to the Pacific Northwest. And it was really good.

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Another Still Life Painting – Autumn Theme with Carnival Squash

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Whether your still life painting, landscape painting, taking photos or just living your life, the visual inspiration of fall is a full-blown carnival for the senses. There is so much natural beauty in fall  it’s easy to find a treasure of subject matter. What’s not so easy is to know what to leave out of a composition. In this particular still life painting, a Carnival Squash was used as the main object…

 

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As an Artist, You Must Never, Ever, Be This

As an artist you can and must do many things. First, you create  your art, whatever it may be. Then you have to show your work, market it, talk about it, plan events, enter shows, photograph it, and take care of your website. After all that, you need to make a few bucks from your efforts so you can do it all over again. But as an artist and creative person, there is one thing you must never do or be…

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Robert Krogle – A Contemporary Impressionist You’ll Want to Know About

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“The Window Seat” , Robert Krogle, 24″ x 18″, oil

If you have never heard of contemporary impressionist oil painter Robert Krogle, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. If you are aware of Robert Krogle and his work, please read on, as he comments on his education, his influences, and his art…

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Still Life Painting with Grapes and Cantaloupe

 

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Still Life with Grapes and Cantaloupe, Craig Shillam, 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas,

In getting ready for an upcoming  art auction, I chose to do a still life painting with grapes and cantaloupe. For five years in a row I have been fortunate enough to have participated in an art auction that is a fund-raiser for my local art council, and this painting will be my “Quick Finish/”Demonstration” project.

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Still Life Painting – Fall Theme with Pumpkins

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“Autumn Centerpiece” Craig Shillam, oil, 14″ x 24″

 

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Still Life Painting with a Baseball Theme

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I love art and baseball, and I finally got around to putting the two together in a still life painting. Painted during the summer, in a time when I was helping to coach my son’s pee wee league baseball team, I had plenty of inspiration and distraction. [Read more…]

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