According to Mark Balma, Leonard Da Vinci was an innovator in the realm of painting, as well as his many other inventions. In the previous tradition before Leonardo, painters would start out with a toned ground or imprimatura to set the canvas tone somewhere between bright white and very dark. …Read more
By William F. Martin
For years I struggled, attempting to paint a portrait that displayed a relatively accurate likeness of the subject. I tried gridding, sketching, accurate drawing, using “classic proportions”, etc., etc. However, all these methods resulted in rather stilted, and stiff representations of the subject, with a likeness …Read more
The well known and highly regarded artist Bill Martin has a great idea about how to save your Canada Balsam…
Don’t waste even a dram of your precious Canada Balsam. When my Canada Balsam becomes low in its container, it often begins to get a bit sticky, and gummy. When …Read more
According to the University of Minnesota a bio-based revolution is underway, and it is fundamentally changing how the world produces and consumes food, animal feed, fiber, chemicals, fuel, energy – and art materials are part of this revolution. “Bio-based” is a term defined by the US Secretary of Agriculture, referring …Read more
Oil of Spike Lavender has been known and used since ancient times, along with several other species of lavender. The doctors of the Ancient Alexandrian school used various lavenders in medicine. The ancient Romans use it to scent their bath water. The word aspic originally comes from the Greek meaning …Read more
My motto, “Take Time to Find the Unseen” is realized through Symbolism, the language of my art. I explore the deeper meanings of things which I bring to light by faithfully representing the seen, exterior of objects while revealing an internal, unseen spirit. As a painter of still life set …Read more
In the historical development of Western art, early Christianity was a major source of inspiration, development and preservation. However, as defined by the highly influential Augustine of Hippo in the 4th century, art is not to be pleasurable in itself but is used only as a sign pointing towards God.
Safa Qureshi sums up her art….
“My creativity seems to come from a place deep within me. I often feel like my eyes are only spectators of the whole experience, I watch in awe as my hand glides across the canvas and trust that I know what I’m doing. I… Read more
Here is a remarkable new painting by the artist Samuel Shelton!
The Gift Giver is 24×30 oil on panel using colours from The Tree House.
At the Art Treehouse, we often receive questions about the drying time of paints. Some artists prefer to keep the drying time “open” so that they can work on a painting over several days. Some may even add Clove Oil to the paint medium in order to further extend the …Read more