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Framing Without a Mat

Many pastel artists are abandoning traditional mat and frame presentations and replacing them instead with wide wood frames. This is especially true when anti- or low-reflection glazing is utilized, like Tru Vue brand AR and Museum Glass. Many prominent galleries are encouraging this presentation and most national pastel exhibitions are seeing entries framed in this manner.
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Art History

Emoji Day: Art History Edition

Recognize the Famous Artworks Behind the Emojis?From Grant Wood’s greatest hit to Munch’s tense figures to Renaissance masterpieces, can you identify these famous artworks when they are creatively enhanced (read obscured) by a few strategically placed emojis? We give World Emoji Day an art history twist with this fun rundown.
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Drawing Basics: No Two Shadows Are Alike

I am usually heartened when I hear disagreements about matters of art and technique. Maybe I’m just combative that way. But, more likely, I think I take such debates as a sign there are more artists coming to the table.And, that the field is growing and evolving, with no end in sight. This can only mean good things for someone like me, who spends her whole day looking at art.
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Drawing

5 Pastel Color Palettes for 5 Floral Favorites

Blooming Pastel Color PalettesEveryone loves flowers for their beautiful shapes and color, but confronting all that colorful splendor can be daunting. Below, artist Jude Tolar shows how to make color decoding easy with these five pastel color palettes for five floral favorites.And when you are ready to discover all the tips and tricks of painting flowers, remember you are just a click away with the Essentials of Painting Flowers — a video course that covers beautiful blooms in all manner of media, from pastel to watercolor to oils.
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Art Demos

How to Paint a Wild Sunflower in 7 Steps

This is the time of year where the earth breaks away to reveal fresh blooms. One such flower, the wild sunflower, offers beauty from top to bottom, bolstering vibrant yellow petals and lively green leaves.Below, Mario Robinson shows how a combination of watercolors and a textured background can breathe new life into the already brimming wild sunflower.
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Techniques and Tips

Want to Paint Realistic Portraits?

4 Pro Tricks for Painting Accurate PortraitsAn agreement among top painters of portraits is that a person’s likeness is dependent on the proportional relationships between facial features, not the specific shape of the nose, mouth, ears or eyes. That is, the location of the eyes is more important than the color or shape of the eyes.
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