Here at ArtistsNetwork.com, we love art humor and funny artist jokes just as much as the next person! Even though you’re probably used to coming here for the painting tips and drawing advice, we hope you’ll get a kick out of this list of fake country song titles. Saddle up, and enjoy!
- I Keep a Close Watch on This Art of Mine (I Draw The Line)
- Dag Nab It, I Drank the Paint Water…Again
- That Burnt Sienna Sunset (Ain’t As Pretty As You)
- I Can’t Stop Painting You
- All My Exes Paint in Texas
- The Way You Glazed, I Was Amazed
- Stand By Your Pan (Pastels)
- If Only Time Would Fly While I’m Waitin’ For the Oils to Dry
- I Saw (Cad) Red
- Sorry Mama, ‘Bout the Cadmium on My Britches
- Honey, Baby, She’s Just an Art Model To Me
- Don’t It Make My Raw Umber Eyes Cerulean
- We’ll Strip Tobacco Later – I Got a Hankerin’ To Draw
- The Pencil Shading Shuffle
- The Graphite on My Hands Lasted Longer Than His Love
- Like We’re Layered and Scumbled, We’ll Never Part
- Take This Commission and Shove It
- I Wanna Be Your Focal Point
- I Reckon She Uses Photoshop, But She Won’t Say
- He Drew That Yonder Landscape (But He Won’t Draw Me)
Do you have any to add? Comment below!
Yours in art,
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Congratulations to the 131 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2015 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Strokes 8 Winner Notification” no later than Friday, September 4th.
STROKES 8 WINNERS LIST
- Asmi, Nina – Good Place For a Handout
- Baltayian, Cristina – Philodendron
- Barrett, Robert – Lizzy; Seated Male Figure
- Bayon, Ana – Cristalle
- Beasley, Glenn – Emerging Young Artist
- Berning, Carol – My Hubby, Vietnam Veteran
- Blackell, Margo – The Funeral
- Boursicot, Mandy – Boxing Gloves
- Breier, Chris – South Grand Island Bridge; Basilica
- Brown, Ken – Cassie
- Brunk, Cynthia – Sophie
- Burns, August – In Retrospect
- Cameron, Svetlana – Daniel
- Chan, Sok Yin Juliana – Young Memories
- Coleman, Karen – Ornamental Grass
- Coville, Caryn – Farm Fresh
- Creaney, Catherine – Thoughts
- Cross, Roger – Peggy
- Csanyi-Hurskin, Eva – Power
- Darley, John – Putting Away Childish Things
- Delonget, Jean-Michel – Dog in Light
- Donley, Susan – Goat Friends – Dolly and Charlie
- Dorsam, Vickie – More Than Words
- Dumas, Michael – Fox Sparrow study
- Emadi, Najila – Life’s Journey
- Emerson, Dawn – April Fools; Slim Pickings
- Felber, Michael – Grandfather
- Fenn, Andrea – Andrea
- Frech-Sims, Susan – Shadow
- Gant, Tanja – Sanctum
- Georgopoulou, Irene – Five Bulbs
- Givot, Stuart – On the Tide II
- Goldsberry, Rick – Real Heroes
- Gordon, J. Kay – The Blue Motorcycle
- Green, Christy – Breanna
- Gussin, Clark – The Patriot
- Haase, Cynthia – Peaches and Green Ribbon
- Hanavan, Mark – Defense Mechanisms
- Hestekin, Jenna – Rooster
- Hildebrandt, Kathy – Things Go Better With
- Hill, Steven – Kittitas Valley
- Hoeffner, Deb – In The Henhouse
- Hopkins, Margaret – Waiting
- Howard, Denise – Tree of Character
- Johnson, Buena – How ‘Eye’ Wonder
- Johnson, Mary Jo – Madonna and Child
- Johnson, Sonja – Bedroom Eyes
- Just, Kelly – The Old Gentleman
- Kleczynski, Helen – Porch Light
- Klepinger, Eric – Rosie
- Kolasinski, Mike Barret – Ady
- Kolotusha, Elena – Pursuit of a Dream
- Lade, Aaron – Christmas King
- Lai, Ze Ze – Give a Hug
- Larlham, Margaret – The Drive Home
- Layne, Wendy – Hard Times
- Lee, Sanghwan – The Pump
- Lesko, Mary Beth – Hog Day Afternoon
- Lidden, Catherine – Reading the Menu
- Little, Jim – Rehab
- Maimon, Yael – One Way Ticket to Wonderland #2; Deer, Golden Meadow
- Malone, Douglas – Stalwart
- Maltby, Carol E. – The Straw Hat
- Marshall, Pete – A Bunch of Galahs
- Mason, Jory – Lots a Color
- Matsumoto, Ryota – Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event
- McDonnell, Kathleen – Silence #2
- McMorris, Lynda L. – Westie I: ‘Sooooo . . . What’s Up?’
- Mendez, Kira – Morning Sunlight
- Meyer-Plath, Stuart – Brooklyn Bridge, New York
- Miller, Terry – Good Friday Spell
- Minardi, Margaret – Octopus
- Modery-Kilkeary, Carol – Two Little Stinkers
- Molyneaux, Stephen – Figure
- Murray, Irma – Sunny Side Up
- Neal, Karen – Do My Stripes Look Big In This?
- Nicholas-Jennings, Alexandrea – The Fortune Teller
- Nielsen, Olga – No Excuses
- Nistler, Eileen – Aunt Clara’s Collection III
- O’Donnell, Karie – Sergeant
- Overson, Yumi – Vision
- Page, Chris – Study for Connors
- Parks, Sarah – Sunflowers
- Penner, Leanne – Surf’s Up
- Pertile, Paula – Fried Egg on Sourdough Toast
- Pierce, Dylan – Hiding in Shadow
- Pini, Jan – Shake It Off
- Pomales, Sharon – Little Girl with a Big Guitar
- Pyle, Dan – Portrait of a Memory
- Cortes, Albert Ramos – Minotaur [Part 1]
- Randall, Annette – Let’s Go Home
- Rankin, David – Stretching Tiger; Greylag Goose; Woodpecker in Suguaro
- Richard, Robert – Flower Girl
- Rockwell, Steven – Sentinel (Melissa)
- Rogers, Barbara – Timeless
- Rowe, Jennifer – Out of the Blue
- Ryan, Lesley – The Gift
- Sandell, David – Wileman
- Schacher, Barb – Doe Pretty
- Schaller, Thomas W – French Cottage
- Shiver, Donna – Hillary
- Shoemaker, Bill – Lady in Pink; Did You Floss Today?
- Siniscal, Holly – Waterlily
- Smolko, John – Fran (Artist)
- Soisson, Dianna Wallace – Beyond All Boundaries
- Sours, Meghan – The Cold Earth Slept Below
- Spontylides, Christos – Dominique
- Stephenson, Mark – Dreaming of Dance (Life Drawing)
- Swann, Christine – Trail
- Tablante, Jimmy – Three and Half Hour Sketch
- Thomas, Katherine – Out Of Season
- Tilton, Jac – Cosmic Irrelevance
- Tomova, Lyudmila – Careless Nation
- Trachok, Cathryne – The Muse
- van Zwol, Nynke – Micro Desire II (Antarctic Krill)
- Vella, Frances Gulliverv – New World of Discovery
- Vigil, Suzanne – Pensive
- Voshell, James W. – Snake Skin
- Walker, Erica Lindsay – Braid
- Walker, Brooke – Elephantidae
- Weiner, Sandra – Strength at Rest; Vigilance
- Wells, David – Alexandria
- Werner, Jerry – Spatial Ambiguity
- White, Marnie – Laurie
- Wilda, Steve – Brutes
- Wilson, Richard – Dancing Shadow
- Wint, Albert – The Phone Call
- Winters, Veronica – Adolescence
- Woods, Brandy – Memory of Me
- Wright, Diane – Indiana Barn
- Yan, Wei – A Puppy
Strokes of Genius 7: Depth Dimension + Space is now available for pre-order!
Cover image: Recycling? | Michal Straska | Pencil on paper, 15½” × 23½” (39cm × 60cm)
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In the recording below, world renowned Portrait Master Sandra Angelo, reveals magic formulas that separate a Masterpiece from a ho hum drawing that copies a photo exactly.
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The final entry deadline for the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition is this coming Tuesday, September 1. That gives you the weekend plus 2 days to select your latest, greatest work in pastel (or to finish and photograph the masterpiece on your easel) and enter it into the competition by end of day Tuesday at the Pastel 100 website.
Why enter? There isn’t just one reason, of course. There are many! Here is a list of five:
- The chance to earn recognition for your artistic efforts. It’s a wonderful thing to have painted a successful work of art, but how much better it is if that successful piece gets recognized as one of the top 100 pastels by Pastel Journal—and then appears in the special Pastel 100 issue for the wider pastel community to see!
- OK, maybe the only thing better than #1 is to receive the recognition PLUS a cash award or material prize! In the 17th Annual Pastel 100, the recipient of our Pastel Journal Founder’s Award, given in honor of Maggie Price, receives a cash award of $5,000. The winner of the Pastel Journal Award of Excellence receives $3,500. And the recipients of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards receive material packages (generously sponsored by Jack Richeson & Co.) and are made up of Richeson/Unison pastels and surfaces valued at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. The 1st through 5th place winners in each of the five categories receive material prizes valued at $500, $350, $150, $100 and $75 respectively. Those category prizes are provided by our other wonderful sponsors: Canson/Rembrandt, Great American ArtWorks, Terry Ludwig, PanPastels, and UART.
- Even if your work is not one of the 30 that earns a prize award, all 70 Honorable Mention winners are works that caught the eye of the Pastel Journal editorial team and our panel of Pastel 100 jurors: Terri Ford, Mario Robinson, Robert K. Carsten, Mike Beeman and Barbara Benedetti Newton. And all 70 paintings will be published in the Pastel Journal magazine’s special March/April Pastel 100 issue.
- Anyone who enters the Pastel 100 today through September 1, 2015, will receive a special coupon code in their email entry confirmation for an extra 15% off your purchases (with a few limited merchandise exceptions) at NorthLightShop.com.
- Anyone who enters today through September 1, 2015, will receive a discount on membership to ArtistNetworkTV, which provides access to video pastel tutorials by a number of great painters, including Richard McKinley, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Alain Picard and many more. You’ll get your coupon code in your entry confirmation email.
Now that you have five great reasons to enter, don’t delay any longer. Visit the Pastel 100 Competition page to enter today! Maybe your latest achievement in pastel will end up here …
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During my years of experience I’ve noticed that many artists tend to ask what my focal point will be before I demonstrate a painting. Fortunately there’s a universal answer to this. For there to be a focal point, there needs to be a peripheral area that’s not that much in focus. If everything is in focus, then the focal area becomes weakened. What is the focal point in art, therefore? The focal area is considered the predominant place where the eye enjoys seeing:
- The most value contrast (dark against light)
- Color contrast (chroma versus grayness, red against gray)
- Hard edges (agrees with the fovea of the eye)
- Detail (complexity of shape)
- Warm colors (yellows and reds attract the eye)
- People, animals and vehicles, which become strong focal points even if they’re small
- Anything that is peripheral and is not included in the focal point will consist of low value contrasts, low color contrasts, soft edges, simplicity in shape or the lack of detail and, when applicable, the colors will be less saturated. This should be even more taken into account near the edges of the painting, which I refer to as the “peripheral area.”
The focal point isn’t just wherever the eye chooses to see. In paintings, we don’t want the eye to just choose to see what it wants to look for. On the contrary, it’s the painter’s responsibility to direct the eye, to orchestrate its movement within the painting through the usage of linear paths. After the artist has manipulated the viewer, they reward him/her using some or all of the elements mentioned above.
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Most artists will agree that there are four options to place focal areas in a painting. Which is the best? The top right gets 5 stars because we read left to right.
A focal point should not be overstated; neither should the viewer make a wild guess to determine it.
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Above, left: Here is an example of a painting with a strong focal point. We must be careful. We can overstate a focal point and the eye does not feel compelled to move around to explore.
Above, right: In this modified version we have a more subtle focal point and the eye does not feel glued to the orange evergreen tree.
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