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Starting Art November/December 2009 Edition
November 28, 2009

Issue #27 - November/December 2009

Hi,

Welcome to the November/December 2009 issue of Starting Art!

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Hi again, Bob here.

For those of you who read the Watercolour Secrets Blogs, you'll know Pam and I have taken time out to visit my sister and her family in New Zealand. They emigrated there last year and are loving it. Having spent the best part of a month there we can see why - it's a fantastic country - and I think a return visit will definitely need to be planned....!

Now of course, we're back just in time for the latest launch of Watercolour Secrets, so we've just had time to get over the jet-lag and we're right into distributing them again. Once again, many thanks for your understanding as to why we sell them this way - but more on this below.

Oh yes, and this issue's apology!

I forgot to include a couple of links for two videos last time so they're included below. One day, I might get it right!

In the meantime, very best wishes to you all during the approaching Christmas season and especially those of you in Canada and the USA who are celebrating Thanksgiving. On behalf of myself and my family, may you all, wherever you are in the world and regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, do enjoy a peaceful and harmonious time into 2010 and beyond!

Best wishes,

Bob.


*** CONTENTS ***

1. Watercolour Secrets - As Popular As Ever So It Seems!

2. Quick Tip - Mediums to Use for Sand Effects in Acrylics

3. I Draw and Paint Featured Group - Art as Therapy

4. Video Tutorial - Painting Clouds With a Rough Brush

5. Quick Tip - A Hot Watercolour Painting!

6. Video Tutorial - Painting Bark on a Tree Using Acrylics

7. Quick Tip - For your Protection....

8. Those missing Links!




1. Watercolour Secrets - As Popular As Ever, So It Seems!

Watercolour secrets DVDs and on-line version are once again available, but - even despite the Thanksgiving Holiday in the States and Canada - they're disappearing very quickly and are unlikely to be available more than the next three or four days.

Those of you who have already purchased Watercolour Secrets know this isn't just marketing hype and your comments on the Watercolour Secrets Home page are so much appreciated.

However, for the 1000 or so new subscribers to Starting Art every month, you may not yet have had a look, so if you want to see what it's all about and especially if you're looking for that special gift for someone - or yourself! - click on this link now to find out more....

Click here to find out more....


2. Quick Tip - Mediums to Use for Sand Effects in Acrylics

When you're using acrylics in a 3D impasto (paste) style and want to bulk out your paint this is a tip that will save you money and probably time sourcing materials from the art store.

Click here to see this simple idea.


3. I Draw and Paint Featured Group - Art As Therapy

This is perhaps more important as a discussion group rather than one which displays large numbers of paintings. Art has long been recognised as having a therapeutic value in many illnesses. For anyone who feels they would like to try using art to help with some personal difficulty or illness, I think you'll find the opportunity for support and shared experiences in this Group is well worthwhile exploring.

Click here to find out more


4. Video Tutorial - Painting Clouds in Watercolour With a Rough Brush

Here, artist Roy Simmons demonstrates an excellent alternative technique for painting Watercolour Clouds by using decorators brushes! To see how he does it, go to the link below....

Click here to see how it's done....


5. Quick Tip - A Hot Watercolour Painting!

From Miles Baker of Devon in England comes this really wonderful tip of only two lines long. However, it's one I've not come across before and the results are truly stunning. I'll dedicate Miles's picture and its title to all husbands and boyfriends. Have a look to see what I mean!

Click here to see it....


6. Video Tutorial - Painting Bark on a Tree Using Acrylics

Artist Tim Gagnon shows how he creates in acrylics, realistic-looking bark on a tree limb as part of a beautiful bird portrait. An excellent way for you to relax for seven and a half minutes watching him!

Click here to watch....


7. Quick Tip - For Your Protection...

Another useful but often overlooked tip, especially if you're using dry, powdery media like pastels.

Remind yourself by clicking here....


8. And Finally - Those Missing Links!

Painting an Acrylic Glaze and Painting a Water Droplet - it's those videos I forgot to include the links for last time. Here they are - sorry to have kept you waiting so long!

Click here for the Acrylic glaze....

....and here for the Water Drop

That's it for this issue. Best wishes, many thanks for all your kind comments - and the constructive criticism! - do have a great Christmas and New Year and we'll see you in 2010.

Bob.

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