Author Archive for Gavin Lenaghan

Should Beginner Painters Avoid Watercolour?

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Watercolour painting

In a recent ArtWeb blog post of mine on the subject of where to start when learning to paint, I stated on the subject of watercolours that “despite their hobbyist-friendly image, [they] should perhaps be approached with caution by newbie…

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What to Consider Before Buying an Etching Press

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While an etching press is the most important piece of equipment for etching, there is wide variation in the types of etching presses available, while the specific printmaking processes that you practise are also likely to influence your choice of…

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Learning to Paint: Tips on Where to Start

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Arts and crafts

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the technical information out there about painting, or for that matter, to presume that painting is a ‘free for all’ world. However, there are still some basic things that it is helpful…

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5 Lesser-Known Artists to Have Used Their Bodies for Their Art

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To what extent would you be willing to use your own body for your art? That is a question that many artists over the last century, in particular, have asked themselves, producing results that have been by turns insightful, controversial…

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How to Write Effectively About Your Own Artwork

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Text Box by Russel Jakubowski via ArtWeb

If there is one task that has filled many an artist with dread down the generations, it is that of writing articulately and clearly about their own work. On one hand, writing about art may seem to be one of…

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Advice on Getting the Colours Right in Your Painted Portraits

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Painting Palette

When painting portraits, it can be tricky to consistently achieve the right skin, eye, lip and hair colour tones. The fact that colour names often differ from one manufacturer to the next, as well as that some oil colours are…

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The Basics of Setting Up Your Own Printmaking Studio

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The ubiquity of the printed image in our contemporary world makes it unsurprising that the art of printmaking – encompassing such traditional disciplines as relief, intaglio, screen printing and lithography – continues to capture so many artists’ imaginations. However, while…

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3 of the Most Controversial Works of Public Art

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Apollo Pavilion |  © Copyright Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

It seems that everyone has an opinion on public art, whether positive or negative. Is it all a waste of taxpayers’ money, or a welcome way to add interest to what may otherwise be a dull urban or rural landscape?…

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What Are Your Options for an Art Short Course?

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Image by Jane Adams via ArtWeb

In an age that has seen a scary heightening in fees for prolonged full-time art and design courses, and yet also a greater interest in seemingly every aspect of the arts than ever, it’s unsurprising that art short courses have…

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5 Less Obvious Holiday Destinations for Artists

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Picking a truly enticing or original holiday destination can be a tricky task for an artist, whether amateur or professional, especially when there are competing priorities to consider. Perhaps the expense associated with your practice is forcing you to consider…

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