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Artists Back to Basics

Issue 9 Volume 2

Artists Back to Basics is an entry level magazine for all artists. From setting up a studio to what easel to choose it’s a must for all artists. Featuring the latest in news, reviews and products from the art world as well as exhibition previews and reviews

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4 Issues


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a history of pastels

There really is nothing quite as exciting as opening the lid of a new wooden box to reveal the resonating beautiful colours of pastels, they almost whisper “potential”. Artists love pastels because of their extraordinary colour range and for their immediacy and ease of use. Pastels are made of pure dry pigment suspended in a binder (gum arabic, tragacanth, or methyl cellulose) and moulded into sticks. The softness and dryness of pastel colours allows the artist to control the colour applied to paper using blending or scuffing techniques. Pastels have a very high degree of permanence, but it is important that they may be “fixed” with an archival fixative spray to prevent the powder rubbing off. Gian Paolo Lomazzo wrote in 1584 that Leonado Da Vinci invented the pastel drawing technique.…

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materials and equipment – part 2

Ok, in the last article we got through three of the main hand tools necessary to draw in freehand. To re-cap these are: Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2B drafting pencils, a stock of vinyl erasers cut into strips and wrapped in paper, and a surgically clean, sharp knife to not only slice up your rubbers into strips initially but to trim the end of the rubber every time a completely clean eraser is called for during the course of a drawing (a lot). Sharpening gear You’ll also need a good quality pencil sharpener for general use as well as a very sharp knife of some kind (old wooden handled kitchen knives with the blade cut off short are great as the handle feels good in your hand and the blade is solid instead…

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artists’ brushes

THE LOVE OF A GOOD BRUSH A good brush – what makes you love it? Have you ever stopped to consider how your favourite brush came to be in you hand? The making of a brush is a skilled craft, even on a mass production level. An expert brush maker rarely trims the pointed ends of the brushes, but will comb and arrange the hairs by hand and adjust them within the ferrule (the metal grip) to give just the right shape, even utilising the natural curve of some bristles so that they form a gentle inwards curve called an ‘interlocking bristle’. Everything else also comes into play – the quality of the Gum Arabic (the glue) that holds the hairs together, the brush handle (the wood type, the handle shape and length…

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wildlife art

My life began in Sydney, in 1966. I now live and work in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. I have had my home here for the past 29 years. I paint at home in my studio. For two years after I left school, I had lessons with local artist Tex Moekel. My father is also an artist and he has been painting for many years. I am passionate about painting wildlife … especially Australian native birds. I do paint other things as well; but I keep coming back to birds. “As far back as I can remember, I have always painted and drawn birds and animals.” As far back as I can remember, I have always painted and drawn birds and animals. When I was only 17 years old, local art gallery owner Roberta Howland…

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purple swamp hens

This particular painting was commissioned for someone moving overseas. The scene depicts the view from their family home. The client wanted the dam, windmill and gum tree in the painting. The swamp hens in the foreground are frequent visitors to the house. They are local characters. Given a chance, they will make a mess on the verandah and steal the apples from under the apple tree. For the painting I used my preferred medium which is gouache and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper. STEP ONE Before I began the drawing, I washed the paper blue and let it dry completely. I accurately drew the swamp hen in first – from a series of photographs and some live sketches .STEP TWO Once I was happy with the drawing of the bird, I began to block…

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elena parashko gallery

Elena Parashko Gallery was established in 2004 – initially as an online gallery at www.elenaparashko.com – and has since evolved into much more. Beginning with an online gallery was an affordable and manageable way to establish myself as an emerging artist. Having a website means that location and distance is no obstacle as people from anywhere in the world can view and purchase my artworks. My collection of paintings online also acts as a virtual portfolio for anyone who would like to review my work. This includes other galleries who are considering representing me and clients who wish to commission me to paint something special for them. The online collection is a good representation of my unique style and the type of artwork I create. Not everyone is comfortable with the idea…