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2020 On Art
Let’s Talk Art
Hear from guest WTP artists on their process and mediums, about what inspires them, creative tips, and more.
WTP Guest Writer Max Blue writes on art as a cure for loneliness and as a tool to help us better navigate the world.
The Limits of Likeness
Carolyn Anderson explores the neuroaesthetic concept of peak shift and how it appears in art across the ages.
The Traditional as Modernist Approach
In his latest piece on art, Martin Mugar contemplates a recent exhibition featuring Andrew Forge’s work, and “Pointillism.”
The Healing Art of Pottery
“As I work, alone, often cold and always ﬁlthy, I’m unconsciously or consciously working through troubles that otherwise cloud my thinking.” Guest writer Kate Charlton-Jones finds her mindfulness at the pottery wheel.
The Painting and Its Frame
Guest writer Amy Nawrocki uses the work of Maurice and Charles Prendergast to explore the relationship between artworks and their physical frames.
Innocence in Art
Guest writer Martin Mugar on a lesson learned from a small girl’s impression of his colorful artwork.
Jodi Colella’s FiberLAB
Jodi Colella’s FiberLAB, a workshop started in 2015, allows students to experiment with different fiber mediums as well as other types of art.
An Anatomy Lesson
Why is the anatomy in Rembrandt’s “Anatomy Lesson” incorrect? Guest writer Z. Shuff explores the history of the piece and anatomy in art.
A Writer Learns From Wyeth
Painter Andrew Wyeth’s views on art could hold valuable insights for writers on creating and developing stories.
Environmental Painting as Landscape
David D’Agostino explains how landscape artists are adapting in a world of increasing environmental decay.
On Your Mark
Jean Eng discusses artist rituals, what different artists do before they are able to begin making their art, and the necessity of such habits.
“Do unspoken rules, rule our attitude and how we respond towards different kinds of art?” Jean Eng debates when and how to break the rules of visual art.
“the results only appear in the imagination.” Jean Eng makes an argument for the usefulness of eye-drawing as an artistic exercise.
Kim Rae Taylor: Process Studies
Kim Rae Taylor walks readers through the different processes of making her mixed-media works.
East Asian water-ink painting
The orchid stroke and the importance of the four noble flowers in East Asian art and literature.
Using Form, Color, and Narrative
Judy Stone on the enameling process—forming, “destroying,” sewing together, adding layers of color, then drawing narrative art.
Painting “Sacred Earth”
Carolyn Land on her painting process for The Circle of Life series. She shows the stages of the painting “Sacred Earth.”
Composition: Visual Weight
This post describes how to use visual weight in your collage art to make it stronger.
Composition: Unity vs. Variety
Exploring collage composition through a case study of the composition of American artist Robert Rauschenberg’s collages.
Free Online Portfolios for Visual Artists
Five websites that help visual artists create online portfolios in order to market and sell their work.
A behind-the-scenes look at PaletteArt, a series of techniques for making art with recycled paint, Lisa Levasseur’s environmental and art movement.
Trump Versus the Arts
A pre-election scenario of the Arts under a Trump presidency, and how likely is it to be realized?
Daniel Ketelhut: My Process
Daniel Ketelhut gives a behind-the-scenes look into his artist process on a recent work “Hope in a Hopeless Place.”
Monotypes: Printing on Plexiglass
There are times as a monotype artist when I fight the wall, the blank page and the empty canvas. Then something catches my eye.
Kathryn Baczeski’s Installations
“The most effective way to release control of my work is through collaboration.” Kathryn Baczeski gives a behind-the-scenes look.
Process & Inspiration
Boardwine describes her layered painting process, using oil paints and wax to create explorative, mysterious works, guiding us from inspiration to art.
“One day, while the kids and I were playing with Play Doh at the kitchen table, I mixed some colors together and punched out my very first ‘dot.'”
An art journaler who loves new challenges experiments with developing new techniques and skills.
What is Encaustic Monotype?
The art of encaustic monotypes as painterly prints and the actual process of working with wax and encaustic tools.
PaletteArt™ | Lisa J Levasseur
Lisa J Levasseur took dried-up paint she had wasted & sculpted it into artwork developing a new technique—recycled acrylic painting.
Evolution of the Ferris Wheel
One photographer’s manipulation of a ferris wheel in various photography apps.
Two Painters in One | Rose Masterpol
Rose Masterpol oscillates between a drawn line, animated by color and its own flagellating trail, and a more painterly stroke that provides texture and hue.
Developing signature style can be challenging, even for artists who have been working for years. These 7 suggestions can help.
Cory Huff teaches artists to dispel the starving-artist myth and to use the Web for online marketing. Learn more about building an art business online.
Barbara van Buskirk takes us step by step through creating a monotype. Experiment. Play. Print. Have fun!
Fine Arts and the Literary
Announcing The Woven Tale Press’s Selected Works publication.
Printing on Feathers
Rebecca Jewell, on her unique printmaking process that incorporates feathers and birds into her work.
WTP Artist: Denitza
“My work is a constant experiment with space, lines, and shapes.” Behind the scenes with Denitza.
Monoprint and Monotype
WTP Editor Donald Kolberg introduces his newest endeavor, Monoprint-Monotype.com.
An Artist In Memoriam
A tribute to Elizabeth Sloan Tyler, the inspiration behind WTP.
Beau Wild: In Her Own Words
Beau Wild, behind the scenes of her drawings and paintings.
Super Charging the Mind’s Eye
With her palette muted, painting outside under a full moon, Alicia R. Peterson reached deep inside to find that she is not alone.
Artist Harry Wicks: Turning Wood to Art
Harry Wicks’s photographic essay documents his sculpting process.
Traditional Artist Turned Digital
See how traditional fine artist Phil Galloway takes his skills to a new level in the digital age.
The Art of Glass Painting
“I hold this very strong belief that a more luminescent reality lies beyond the one we normally see.”
Book Art: Saving the Pages
Donald Kolberg creates art out of abandoned used books.
Graphite Drawing…With a Brush
“No pencils are used in the work, allowing the surface to glow without the shine of heavy pencil marks.”
ART SCAMMERS ABOUND!
Donald Kolberg, on being wary of scammers targeting artists and resources to keep yourself safe.
On Art and Inspiration
Interview with WTP editor Donald Kolberg, steel mesh and ribbon sculptor.
Thanks, Kurt Vonnegut: Why We Do Art
Kurt Vonnegut’s advice to schoolchildren leads Susan B. Apel to reflect on the act of creation.
Behind a community of artists who mail small pieces of art to each other.
Process-Shop: Experimental Drawing/Making
Colin Dardis, on his experience at PS Squared’s recent creative workshop.
Donald Kolberg, sculptor/painter, as a poet in his word canvases.
How to Inventory Your Artwork
Creating an inventory for artwork can save time and headaches. Donald Kolberg’s tips.
Curating Your Images for Collage
Kelly Kilmer, on using mindfulness to better and more efficiently curate collage materials.
3D Digital Art
Tom Repasky hosts a walkthrough of creating 3D digital art, including recommended applications and more.
Wren Panzella on her process painting on the fragile glass medium.
Digital Art GIF Animations
GIF animations of works of digital art, from Dark Angel 0ne.
Asemic Writing as Art
What is Asemic writing, and how does it impact painting? From WTP contributor Tom Venning.
Donald Kolberg gives a recipe to help stop procrastination and do things with your art.
Cuba in Miniature
The history of the José Martí Memorial in Cuba, from Keith Skinner.
The Painterly Print
Donald Kolberg addresses the benefits of Strappo’s and Mono-Transfers.
Steel Mesh Sculpture: A New Medium
Steel mesh sculpture provides contemporary sculptures with new ways to explore themes and captivate their audiences.
Kenneth Cole Buys From Jo DeSerio Jones
Jo DeSerio Jones shares the pieces he sold to clothing designer Kenneth Cole.
Amy Duncan uses vintage seed packets and stems/buds to brighten up her winter.
Travel Art Journaling Tips
Seth Apter gives tips for travel journaling, which allows you to re-experience your trip long after it is over.
Drawing on Moleskine
Jean Edwards spends the day sketching on Moleskine with Urban Sketchers in London.
The Power of Pictures: An Invitation
What messages can you send without the power of words? A challenge from Lisa Kramer.
Sculpture and Safety
Gerry Aldridge (almost) learns the hard way the importance of safety measures while sculpture-making.
The Creative Curse
“I would compare it to being a junkie–I have been a junkie–but the drug of creativity is not a need. It is a part of who I am.”
Why Make Fan Art?
“So, the answer to my initial question ‘Why make fan art?’ is a simple one: because you are a fan.” From Patrick McCuen
7 Ways to Stop an Artist Block
Seven quick exercises to break through an artist block, silence the inner critic, tap into your right brain, find inspiration.
Collage Art: Integrating Your Elements
Five tips to integrate collage elements to make your work more cohesive, from Seth Apter.
Part 3: Creating a Comic Character
In Part 3 of 4, Karl Dixon breaks down the drawing of his Captain Alzheimer into workable chunks.
Part 2: Creating a Comic Character
In Part 2 of 4, Karl Dixon goes over creating poses and side characters.
Part 1: Creating a Comic Character from Scratch
“I would like to take you through the whole thought process of a character.” Part 1 of 4.
Art of Comics: Drawing a Cartoon Page
Karl Dixon outlines step-by-step his process for creating comic book page layouts.
Painting in Oils: An Artist’s Studio Diary
Jessica Zoob shares her “studio diary” of oil paintings in progress.
Recycled Art: Trash to Treasure
Kathryn M. McCullough on her collage work and re-using materials to create art.
The Picture Poem: Blend of Image With Words
Christopher Woods blends the literary and fine art in his picture poems.
Sculpting: The Stone Reality
Gerry Aldridge takes readers through his sculpture creation process.
The Art of Zentangling: Mindful Meditation
Behind the creation and the benefits of the art form Zentangling – anyone can do it!
Print-Making with a Rolling Mill
Guest writer Gunilla Redelius is able to create prints on her jewelry using her rolling mill.