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3 Tips from Chuck Rosenthal Fine Artist

Being a good painter is not done because of accidents. You need to pass through lots of challenges, trials, practices, and failures. To help you in painting, here are Chuck Rosenthal Fine Artist three simple yet valuable tips that you must always remember as you go along your journey in painting.

Light Controls Everything

You must have been thinking of the best materials to use in painting and must have bought very expensive ones just to be sure to have a great outcome. However, the expensive items will turn out to be worthless if you cannot imagine how the lighting will be on your painting. You must understand that everything in the painting depends mostly on light. The absence and the presence of it control everything. Light provides glow to your painting. The objects will appear gloriously with the appropriate lightings. Using the best angle for lighting, the viewers will experience a very tremendous impact. This is the first thing noticed by viewers and this entices them to look closely and longer at the painting. Your work will not appear dramatic as it is, not until you will paint the right light within it.

Color Matters Greatly

Colors highly influence the overall impact of the painting. There are pieces wherein the color enhances the message to make it clearer. It can describe a scene that other aspects find hard to show. The color used in painting plays a major role. It can harmonize, it unifies a scene, it produces rhythm, it shows a clear visual path, and it creates emphasis. The colors can be greatly shown using the right kinds of brush as well and the appropriate strokes. The best way to understand the value of colors, and how to use them in a painting, is by studying and practicing what the different colors are and what will happen if colors are mixed up. You can learn different combinations of the color wheel and try new ideas for color combinations in your paintings.

Aim to Improve

There is no such thing as steady best painter. All painters grow with each new painting. If you can’t seem to get a particular effect that you want, practice till you get it. Keep learning – read books, watch videos on Youtube, look up definitions of words so that you understand – it’s a continuous process. When you achieve a painting that is the best one you have ever made up, try to surpass that quality. Aim higher. Compete with yourself.

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Introduce myself and a thought about art

Hello guys, I am L D Sledge. This is my first post on IAC and I intend to post regularly. I am a writer, author, poet, copywriter, visual artist and mess with a piano keyboard, guitar and a couple of other things as a mediocre player. But I love making visual and physical art whether it is an oil or acrylic canvas, a great shot with my camera, piano melody, a flower arrangement or a string of words on a page or pages that gives that joyous heart bursting joy of having flowed something extraordinary. It is all art, whether a fleeting shadow or a childhood memory of geese flying across a great yellow winter moon, with their lonely cries in the night, or the scent of a rose. This world is a sumptuous feast of eye, ear and sensual candy just waiting to be slurped up. It is all candy to me.

The test is not technical perfection. The test is if it creates an emotional impact on the observer. What impact does the Pieta have on you? If you have seen it, as I have, in situ, right there before my eyes, you would receive a palpable impact, as I did. Even looking at a picture of it does that. The artist imbued that marble with his very spirit that lives on and on in the stone, singing its beautiful melody through every molecule and atom of its self transferred through the hammer and chisel of a great artist.

But an artist, whether a writer or painter, makes a serious mistake at trying to create this impact on others. If a writer writes to please others, to make money, as a vanity exercise or as a effort to make an impression on others, it changes the essence of the form to something other than real art in my opinion. An artist must just open the doors and let it out, flowing, without concern of any other person or mind of others, except to please the artist and to make sure it speaks a language that can be understood.


Too much individuality makes it unintelligible, and a thing that renders itself even ugly to my mind and it has an instant effect the moment I lay eyes on it. I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg recently, in hopes of seeing something deserving of the publicity. Sorry. His work is strange, kind of scary, gross in a way, certainly not something that you can take away feeling inspired, delighted or aesthetically gratified. He just made lots of noise with melting clocks, etc. There were two or three very excellent pieces, like the Last Supper, which was inspired. And no double he was a fantastic artist. I see good artists waste it on gross, ugly, scary things. That is just my viewpoint.

Art should communicate, create a “good” impact that makes a person better for the experience, taking away a good feeling, free, happy and loving life more than before. How to do that? Just be yourself, and if it is ugly, it may be beautiful to you; don’t fret over it.  Just let it out. Let your art be you. You live on as you in your art. It is your communication line, you have given it life through your brush or pen or fingers on the strings. It may make them feel good, laugh or cry for joy, (maybe not) but just be you, you are eyecandy. But most of all. Just do it. 

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Chuck Rosenthal Six Techniques for Still Life Oil Painting

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If you want to create a good painting, you must be very careful with the details, especially if you plan to make still life oil painting. Here I will introduce to you the techniques on how to make your painting satisfying in the end.

1. Take time to examine your object.

You must lay put your object in the right place with the correct lighting. If needed, you can make a setup box with a side hole to enable little light to pass through. You can also take photographs of the object so you can examine it clearly to ensure you have just the right lighting effect that you wish. With Still Life painting, do not rush this process.

2. Use a pencil to begin.

A smart move to do before applying oil paint is to make a fairly detailed pencil drawing. This is where you can freely adjust the measurements of the object you want to paint. You can use rulers to measure distance and size. Just remember to remove the excess lines that are not needed in the final drawing since the graphite might contaminate the oil paint.

3. Diluted Oil Paint

To create a still life painting of objects, you must first fill in the backgrounds instead of making the object first using a diluted oil paint. This is because if you do otherwise, the object might seem to float. You can use a soft-haired brush to create a film background layer. You can also use the same oil paint for the objects.

4. Undiluted Paint

After the layer using diluted oil paint, you may now use undiluted oil paint using colors that are quite similar to the diluted oil paint you have used. This is used to remove unwanted brush strokes to create a smoother effect. You can add more details to this part then. You can use a palette knife and coarse brushes if you want to create a thick paint, where necessary. You must remember not to continue with this new layer without drying the previous layer.

5. Add the final layer.

You need to build up liquidity and transparency to the painting so you must add a lot of mediums into it. It will result to subtle gradients. You can use ½-alkyd medium in combination of ½ linseed oil.

6. Final Retouch

You can add retouching glossy varnish to finish your work of art. However, remember to wait after a week of drying your painting before applying this layer. Once you apply the glossy varnish, the next one need to be applied after 6 months or so. This enables the surface quality to regain its original look.

These techniques will surely make your work of art amazing in the end. You just have to follow it carefully. When you get practice with the different techniques, you can expect to have great results. When you have it, you will grow more as an artist.

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The Cur Dogs Snapping at your Heels

Some people thrive on criticism. The giving part, not the receiving part. Artists are a target for such characters, because artists are trying to communicate aesthetically and because they have put themselves in the spotlight, so to speak – they are easy targets. Don’t let the critics get you down.

Easier said than done. I know some very competent artists who will not put their work in front of the public for fear that someone will criticize it. The fear of invalidation is too much, so they invalidate themselves.

You know you are a creative person. You know your art, music, theater, whatever your field, is good. You know it can make a difference in someone else’s life, bring enjoyment, make people smile, make people feel better simply because you communicated through your art. Never invalidate yourself. And you will then be able to ignore/squash those who try to invalidate you. These people are merely cur dogs snapping at your heels. Don’t throw them a bone by feeling invalidated by their snapping.

One artist I know used to cut up the rejection letters she got from art shows, put them in a blender with some water and make lovely hand-made price tags for her art out of the resulting pulp. Then she sold her paintings at the next show. Whatever makes you feel better.

The best way to overcome the invalidation is to just go out and sell your paintings, music, whatever art you do, in spite of all. To alter an old saying, those who can, do and those who can’t, criticize. Know that the critics who invalidate cannot do what you do.

As I note, I am not referring here to people who pass up your artwork to buy from another artist. That’s their opinion, and they just liked something else better. They are usually kind, but sometimes they need something to match the drapes and yours did not match the drapes. But plenty of people will like what you do and pass up some other artist.

We are all critics to one degree or another – different folks like different things. Put your art out there, and the people who feel as you do will come. And you can bask in the joy of knowing that something you created is gracing the living room of a home you have never even seen.


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Frank P. Devine – King of Carving

12666378_10208610176315190_55702200_nI have been an artist all my life. My parents always supported my creative pursuits with encouragement and enthusiasm. While growing up I found refuge from daily life in painting the fantasy world of my creative imagination. Expressing the images of my imagination
with art connects me physically to my spiritual being and allows others to make that connection as well.

My Skills are broad and well refined, a must in my specialized field of architectural art. I transform ordinary conventionally designed space into extraordinary spectacular environments specific to the clients needs.

Also gallery pieces for those that just need a beautiful piece to improve their quality of life at home or the office.

When my Professional career started at age 14 . I quickly discovered I have a knack for translating the imaginative ideas of my clients into accurate and tangible expressions of art for them.

Versatility of style, subject and materials use became a strong asset to my profession.

I take great pride in my work. My reputation as a meticulous award winning artist with the highest quality standards has served me well. So whenever I create a work of art it gets 100% of my attention to detail. I pour my heart and soul into every piece, drawing on every acquired skill required to assure the standard excellence expected of me by my clients and myself.

The early years of my career were spent honing my skills as a custom auto painter by day and fine art painter at night. The combination those two very different painting skills compliment each other very well. the result is superior understanding of color and composition, materials and process exceeding that of other artists. Applying this knowledge  and skill to my wood sculpture has set me apart from others in my field of expertise as a Master Wood carver.

I enjoy creating my works of art. That love for what I do shows in the work. Its a spiritual experience for me. The real purpose of art is misunderstood by most people including artists. Art is supposed to trigger an emotional response. The greater and broader that impact the more successful the piece. Art is communication. The better people connect with ones work the higher the achievement.

Being a top ranked award winning artist with global recognition has been an enchanting affirmation of my ability. Living on the scenic central coast of California has been an inspiration to my creativity. Seeing the excitement and delight on the faces of satisfied clients makes it all worth while.

I look forward to serving those that make that special connection with my work.

My skills list: Sculpture, Painting, Stained Glass, Mosaic, Ceramics, French Paper Mache, Fauxe Finishes, Wood & Plaster Architectural features, metal work, design.

Frank P. Devine-King of Carving
Globally Mobile and Looking forward to serving your Artistic needs.
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