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Break the Ice: How to Paint a Complete Strangers Portrait

In the Winter 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist we feature portrait painter Matt Cauley who is changing the face of portraiture. Securing subjects for his paintings forces him to face one of his fears—something many artists dread—approaching a stranger you want to paint.We caught up with Cauley and spent some time talking about approaching strangers, how not to fear rejection and learning to go with the flow.
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Techniques and Tips

Still Life Painting Demonstration by Jeffrey Larson

Jeffrey T. Masterfully executed and grounded in the methods of the old masters, his still lifes are, nonetheless, simple and straightforward and current in his choice of subject matter and composition; yet, they succeed in elevating the design and function of mundane items to that of captivating objects d’art.
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Techniques and Tips

Tip File: Fat-Over-Lean Rule

The following is an excerpt from The Artist’s Illustrated Encyclopedia, by Phil Metzger, regarding the important concept of understanding “fat” content in oils and pastels.“Fat: Containing a high proportion of oil. The draining is easy to see because a ring of oil develops around the paint.Fat-Over-Lean Rule, oil: You should not cover a layer of oil or alkyd paint with a less flexible layer.
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Drawing

Strokes of Genius 9 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 128 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2016 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries! 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 of Genius 9 Winner Notification” no later than August 31st, 2016.
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