How do I start? pt. 1

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How do I start? pt. 1

At the Lynda English Studio we have students of all ages coming in to start taking classes.  The first question they ask is “Can anybody paint?”  I believe that almost anyone who has the desire to paint can paint.  That desire plus instruction plus a lot of practice will usually give the student success.  It is our job to help students succeed and enjoy the actual work of painting as well as producing something to hang on their wall. The second question is, “Which medium is best to start...

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Lynda English Studio Miniature Competition and Sale

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lynda English Studio Miniature Competition and Sale

Lynda English Studio Miniature Competition and Sale

Lynda English Studio Miniature Competition                                      and Sale ELIGIBILITY Adult Division-Open to all Artists, 13 and over residing in South Carolina Youth Division-Open to all Artists 6-12 residing in South Carolina Any 2 or 3 dimensional fine art media may qualify, but no photography.  All...

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Taking Care of Artwork

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Care of Artwork

Taking Care of Artwork

At our studio we often have people come to us with artwork that has seen its better days.  We either clean it, repair it or simply freshen it up.  Let’s look at ways to take care of those pieces. How are they framed? Certainly using a professional framer will help secure the work.  For original work and work that means a lot to you, make sure that everything that touches the piece is acid free and archival.  People used to back pieces with cardboard and use Scotch tape.  Framing...

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A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

A Good Artist-Pt. 3 Composition.

So sorry to have been lax in my blog post-good news and bad.  The bad was a long, long cold and the good, a new grandbaby, a granddaughter.  Girls are rare in the Wukela family so it took a while to get over her, actually she’s pretty great and I’m not over her yet. The idea of learning composition in art is very scary to most people.  Several years ago I attended a workshop with Morgan Samuel Price and the most important thing I got from it was a simple sheet of things NOT to do and...

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A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

A Good Artist-Part 2-Materials

Well, I am back from two weeks of welcoming my new granddaughter (yes, granddaughter) into the world.  What a wonderful time! However, with exception of a bit of colored pencil work, art has gone by the wayside (can we count a lot of photography?). I’m ready now to think again about what it is that makes a student artist a good artist.  Last time we talked about really looking at what we were doing and getting ready to paint.  In this session I want to discuss materials. When I have a student just starting...

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A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

A Good Artist Pt. 1-Learning to See

I am often asked “Can anyone learn to paint?”  My answer usually is, “Yes, if they really want to.”  The real question is can anyone become a GOOD artist.  The answer is the same-if they really want to, but the doing of THAT is more complex.  Many students will find it fairly easy to paint an acceptable picture, but will have a much harder time moving up to that good artist level.  Like anything else it takes PRACTICE, PRACTICE.  The real question is practice at what exactly.  I am going...

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Transparent/Opaque

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transparent/Opaque

Transparent/Opaque

We may think that all we need to know about the colors that we pick for our palette is that we like it or that it generally does pretty much what we want it to do.  We have already shown how dangerous that attitude may be especially if we are picking that beautiful pink for our flowers that just happens to be fugitive and will fade very soon as will Opera or Alizarin Crimson. We may also get frustrated when we try to cover up a mistake with Hansa Yellow in watercolor or glaze using one of the Cadmiums in oil.  So...

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Painting in Series

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Painting in Series

We have been very busy at the gallery for the last few weeks getting a very  large collection of work to trade out at Victor’s restaurant.  I delivered 49 pieces to them yesterday—I’ll say that again 49 pieces.  They actually sent a van.  That is the largest showing we have ever mounted and it was quite a job. One of the most exciting parts for me personally is the new wall of faces which will be around the bar area.  It is clear to everyone who knows me that faces are my first love....

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Color vs Pigment

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Color vs Pigment

Color vs Pigment

A very interesting thing is happening in the art supply world.  Here at the gallery it is my responsibility to make up the orders to replenish our paints, paper, canvas etc.  This week as I was making up an order I had noted that we were out of Alizarin Crimson watercolor.  Karen, our gallery manager, had noted that we had 4 tubes of that color.  Upon checking I found that we DID have 4 tubes of ALIZARIN, but were totally out of PERMANENT Alizarin Crimson. Let me back up and give you a bit of history concerning...

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Color 2

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Color 2

Well, the very first week events got in the way and it’s Thursday before I get back to you.  But here goes. After you have worked in those three basic colors Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow Light for a while you might want to expand your  palette a bit.  There would be two reasons to do that.  The first would be to make a larger range of greens.  Let me say that I don’t buy tube greens and I paint with a lot of green.  I like to have a couple of blues and two yellows and...

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Basic Color

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Basic Color

Happy New Year!  A little late you say for that greeting.  Maybe so, but I’m working on a resolution–to do much better with my blog.  As anyone who knows me will tell you-holding forth on most any subject is easy enough for me.  Writing it down is the problem.  Therefore I am resolved to attempt to “blog” for you each Monday.  We’ll see how it goes. For a while we are going to talk about COLOR.  So many artists are afraid of color, using it, mixing it, blending it, etc.  We are going...

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Portrait Sale

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Portrait Sale

Portrait Sale

It is time to start planning for Christmas Portraits and Lynda English Studio is ready with 20% off the price of commissions through October 31. We know you have a favorite photo of your child, grandchild, bride, pet, home–anything.  We can work from your photo or take our own and can do them in any size and almost any media.  The best news yet is that there is no money down.  Payment is only upon satisfaction.  Christmas will be here before you know it and these are one of a kind gifts for a...

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SC Watermedia Competition

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on SC Watermedia Competition

SC Watermedia Competition

Competitions are funny things.  I can say that today because I am delighted to report that Lynda and I have both been accepted into the South Carolina Watermedia Annual Exhibition.  This is a state show and you do have to compete against some pretty significant artists.  We both have won awards in these shows in the past, but if you know compeitions, you know That Don’t Mean a Thang!  Can’t remember about Lynda, but I for one did not get it last year.  Actually this piece was the one I entered and had...

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Metal Clay Fun

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Metal Clay Fun

Metal Clay Fun

Lynda English Studio will soon host a Metal Clay class taught by the renowned Brenda Branson.  One of our teachers, Debbie Melton, has just taken a metal clay class and reports that it was wonderful.  We have invited her to be our guest blogger in order to tell you about her experience. A few weeks ago I attended a metal class.  What fun I had.  We were making a ring, something I was really wanting to learn.  I went with a friend who had never worked with metal clay, not only did we learn a lot but we had so much...

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Sing a Song of Six Pence-Lynda

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sing a Song of Six Pence-Lynda

Sing a Song of Six Pence-Lynda

I have started a new series inspired by  English nursery rhymes.  Even though these poems are used as childrens’ verses, when written they often had much darker meanings.  Also with these paintings will be a write up of what each one might mean.  Since most were written centuries ago the meanings are not always certain or even clear. The first of this series is “Sing a Song of Sixpence”. Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie! When the pie was...

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Pears on Quilt

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pears on Quilt

Pears on Quilt

 Well here it is, Pears on Quilt,  finally done after three weeks and a bit of tweeking.  Actually that was quick.  I thought the quilt would take much longer, but it was much easier than I expected.  The blue satin and getting the darks dark enough was the more difficult work. Had thought not to enter the CPSA competition since I was so disappointed in last years judging, but I may send this one in.  Shipping out to California last year was about $300 and they wouldn’t insure it in my specially made art...

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In Defense of Long Projects

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Defense of Long Projects

I am known for having a 3 hour workshop and expecting that the students will finish and 16×20 painting.  There is a reason for that.  When I first started working professionally, my children were young and in school. If I got a commission I would say I can do it by this date unless one of the kids gets sick.  I don’t have a lot of sympathy with people who say they can’t paint because they have small children; because I did a lot of work AFTER mine  went to bed. My work ethic became “if you...

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The Monuments Men

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Monuments Men

Oft times we see many trailers for movies that never actually come to our theaters here in Florence, so I was delighted to see that The Monuments Men was scheduled to start recently at the Swamp Fox.  I was sick at the time with the dreaded Yuck and then came the ice, but happily we got to see it last Sunday evening before it could  get away.  If you are not familiar with it–just a recap.  During the last year or so of WWII, George Clooney, who I believe may have been running the Met at the time convinced...

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Not Just A Painter

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Not Just A Painter

Not Just A Painter

For the last two years I have been developing an exciting new interest-jewelry silversmithing.  The thing that interested me was not traditional beading, but watching that flat piece of metal turn into a sculptural piece. I started taking metal clay classes which was just the beginnng.  Then I began to go out of state to take classes with Kathy Wilcox for enameling  and James Carter for fabrication. I really liked the move of metal between my fingers. I also discovered how I might incorporate my painting and...

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Why do it different?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why do it different?

Lynda and I spend a fair amount of time trying to think of workshops, large and small, that people might enjoy.  We have come up with a new idea.  In this new year we will do a series of workshops where we will do a fairly simple still life, easy enough to draw off with no trouble and develop it in as many ways as they two of us can think of–for instance watercolor on paper, then watercolor on yupo and oil with a brush, then oil with a palette knife. Why would anybody want to do all these different ways. ...

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