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Dark Fairies on Black Pastel Paper

While I was experimenting with different types of art paper and medium, I had this black paper in my hands. Right off the bat, I thought it'd be great to create a dark night image on, without having to cover the majority of the background...

Precautions for pastels and spray fixatives

I love the look and feel I can get from pastels, but now I'm firmly determined that I will stop using soft pastels, and further reduce the use of dry media, which includes Charcoal and pencils. Any dry medium requires spray fixative application. I thought...

How to save money on art supplies

Art supplies are generally expensive. In my neighborhood, I don't have a real art store. When I started drawing and painting, I went to Aaron Brothers and bought whatever I wanted for the original full price.  As I was making more visits to the store,...

Watercolor warm up

A lot of beginning artists ask this question "How do I start?" They may take lessons, watch Youtube videos, read books that will take you from sketching to mixing colors, to putting down initial wash, etc.  My advice, which some may find useless, is buy...

The best art museums in the world

Traveling  is probably one of the best yet expensive  ways to get inspiration and creative juice flowing. I got curious how many must-go museums I have been to. Below is the list from Lonley Planet and I've marked whether I've been there or not.  Surprisingly, I've...

Acrylic painting - trees 2011 Soo Kim
Acrylic or Oil Paints?

I prefer acrylics due to its convenience: easy to clean and no toxicity. But all the famous paintings are done in oils, and they really shine under good lighting. While there’s a certain prestige commonly associated with oil paintings, I don't think it does really...

Top 10 art blogs

I got curious what the most popular art blogs were.  From BlogRank, here is the top 10. Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog Wooster Collective Doodlers Anonymous FFFFOUND! / EVERYONE Art Fag City BOOOOOOOM! Illustration Friday lines and colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visu CR Blog Motion...

Top 10 photography blogs

Most artists also have a great deal of interest in photography. I'm not an exception.  I  just wish days were longer so I could do more things. Digital Photography School Strobist DIYPhotography.net -DIY Photography and Studio Lighting Chase Jarvis Blog Joe McNallys Blog The Luminous Landscape - Whats New PopPhoto: Tests &...

Cheap art supplies?

In my previous post, I’ve mentioned Michael’ arts and crafts store and their value brand, Artist's Loft, just briefly. It is like Kirkland at Costco and Up&Up at Target -- Quality value brand. From what I experienced, I'm hesitant to say that Artist's Loft's products...

Oil pastel painting
Oil pastel painting

My passion for art recently rekindled, I'm so excited to try every medium out there. I enjoy soft pastels, but I am too sensitive to the fine dust I unknowingly inhale. It gives me a scratchy throat. So I decided to try oil pastel which...

Etsy Shop Opened

After months of enjoying my evening doodling, I've opened my own art shop on Etsy. It is not really to make a living out of it. I've known that it is very difficult to succeed in the fine art industry. Glad I have a job...