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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Oil Painting Basics: Brushes 101

There’s no need for beginners to be intimidated by oil painting, especially when you have the basics laid out for you from an artist such as Julie Gilbert Pollard. Following is her overview of some of the materials you’ll need, including brushes for oil painting and tips for cleaning them. Julie’s Basic Oil Painting Brush Kit, from left to right: bright bristle, filbert bristle, small and large flat bristles, an old bright bristle cut into ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Watercolor Pigments

Watercolor artists who take their craft seriously will know the different classification of the paints and how to exploit them. In my last tutorial I indicated the differences in the watercolor paper. Now we will analyze what goes on the paper and how these pigments behave for watercolor painting. Classification of Pigments Used for Watercolor Painting Pigments designated for watercolor painting are the same as in all mediums. Burnt sienna, for example, is ground from minerals. That same ... Read More »

Picture Framing Tips: What’s the Right Hardware for Your Frame?

This article on framing tips by Chris Paschke first appeared in the March 2014 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Framing tips on hardware may not seem exciting, but understanding the function and limitations of various types of screws, hangers, and wires will ensure that your framed drawings and paintings are properly supported when displayed. Take a little time to tackle the terminology and technicalities. Your art deserves nothing less. Framing Tips: The Skinny on Screws ... Read More »

BAOS Present West Side Story – Basingstoke Anvil Arts

BAOS Present West Side Story – Basingstoke Anvil Arts

Anvil Arts produce a year long program of theater events including comedy, music and drama. Recently Basingstoke Amateur Dramatic Society presented their production of Hairspray which was a sold-out success. BAOS have now returned with their production of the Romeo and Juliet inspired West Side Story. The story pits two gangs, The Jets and The Sharks, against each other much like the Montague’s are opposed to the Capulet’s. New York city is the setting as ... Read More »

Easter at The Lightbox in Woking.

Easter at The Lightbox in Woking.

This Easter, The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking has a packed programme of creative workshops to keep the children entertained throughout the holidays. These fun, seasonal activities draw inspiration from spring, Easter and The Lightbox’s fabulous Main Gallery exhibition ‘John Constable: Observing the Weather’ (open until 8 May 2016). There will be several free family workshops taking place over the school break and, with no need to book, you can simply drop-in anytime between ... Read More »

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