Award winning fantasy artist, James Gurney, lets you in on all his secrets to painting what doesn't exist in his book, "Imaginative Realism" He talks about taking reference photos to help add to the realism of something from your imagination. He teaches you step-by-step the techniques that won him world wide, critical acclaim. A beautiful, fun book that will help you create your best fantasy and sci fi art.
Get it at Portland's bookstore, Powell's.
Get all the art supplies you need at our art supply store, I've Been Framed.
Oregon City Artist, Ruth Armitage draws inspiration for her rich, abstract paintings from her family farm. The luscious colors and textures are a symphony to the senses. Hints of landscape and wildlife peek out from among all the wonderful marks and brushstrokes. She shows her work all around Oregon and she teaches workshops on and off line. Follow her on instagram to learn of new offerings and to see her new puppy. Today, she shows us how she gets some of that amazing texture in a little, free workshop.
Tell us briefly about your art:
My paintings express my connection to the family farm. The abstracted landscapes are inspired by memories, imagination and observation of aerial views. Rich, vibrant color embellished by narrative, symbolic pencil and brush marks tell the story of my connection to the property that has been home to my family. I work in watercolor, acrylic and oil mixed with cold wax, but viewers often have difficulty telling them apart. Each of these mediums have their strength. The fluidity of water media allows me to work very spontaneously while the ability to build up texture and layers attract me to the use of oil paint. You’ll notice similar shapes, color and line work in all of my paintings.
What is your main medium of art?
Painting: watercolor, acrylic and oil
What are your website and links?
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.