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How to be an Artist’s Model #2: the Female Perspective from Annie J.

Last month I interviewed Michael O., for his insight on being an artist’s model.  Yesterday, I spoke with model Annie J. to get the female perspective. Annie is much sought after in the various artist ateliers and venues in Atlanta. She models at Chastain Art Center, Atlanta Artist Center, Spruill Arts Center, Roswell Visual Arts Center, privately for many area artists, and is

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How to paint a portrait of a couple in watercolor and ink

Painting a portrait of two people is fun and challenging. Gracie and Stephen are the ideal couple to sit for a portrait. They are young adults whose easy-going, joie de vivre personalities are exciting to capture in a painting. It goes without saying that you really want to capture a reasonably accurate likeness of your subjects. I always begin the underlying structure in pencil; it’s the most critical

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How to be an Artist’s Model: Interview with Michael O.

As an artist, I’m often asked questions about the men and women who are depicted in my paintings and drawings. People want to know what it’s like to be a model. Posing can range in length from a minute to several hours. Gesture poses are usually 1-5 minutes. Mid-range drawings are typically 40 minutes to an hour, and the model breaks

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How to Make a Snowman Look Like a Roman Statue

The snow that fell early this morning in Atlanta Georgia was pretty, but there wasn’t really enough accumulation to make a snowman. In Jan 2011, we had 4-5 inches of snow that lasted for days. Inspiration came over me, and I made a snowman…er, ‘snow torso of a man’, on our diving board. I love the Greco-Roman sculptures that have survived the

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How to create a great front door: A Different Kind of Painting, September 2014

The old front door bothered me before we purchased the house last year; it was sun-faded brown, drafty and I couldn’t wait to replace it. The new door was selected and the installers put it in. After  several hours of research on color combinations, glossy versus matte, and DIY youtube videos on faux-finishes, I went to the paint store. I love color

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How to draw the figure using Conte crayon, September 2013

Conté is a tricky medium – sometimes it acts more like charcoal and sometimes it acts like a crayon. That’s not unusual when you consider that conte’ is a combination of graphite or charcoal and wax. It was invented by Frenchman Nicolas-Jacque Conté in 1795. When I draw with conté I try to use a lighter touch, otherwise my drawing gets too dark,

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How to move if you’re an artist: Big paintings aren’t easy! May 25, 2013

Every artist has to deal with it sooner or later  – packing their belongings for a move. For painters and drawers, moving the tools of the trade is fairly straightforward. Brushes, paints, palette knives, pencils, pastels and charcoal fit easily in a box. But if you have big paintings like I do, the very idea of moving feels overwhelming. From 1983 –

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The Cortona Experience: hosted by UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art and Cortona Studies Abroad Program

The Cortona Experience, Sept 24 – Oct 6, 2005.  I spent the summer of 1982 studying in Cortona, Italy, through the UGA Studies Abroad program. Twenty-three years later, I learned of the Cortona Experience; a two week program for non-students to return to Cortona and make art. Going to Cortona was just the thing to help jump-start a lull in my painting, so I packed the

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