Waiting My Turn at the Bird Feeder — Pastel

       Pastel birds have interested me since about March last year after seeing some Mike Beeman pastels. Here’s my latest of a Red Cardnal that perched in a bush next to our bird feeders. Step-by-Step Pastel    Basically I started out with a brief sketch. On the bird pastels, I usually try to leave the […]

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What Art and Buddhism have in Common

   Serving the greater good is a basic principle of the Dharma or Buddhist philosophy.  It’s not unusual for many artists to feel that they are serving a greater good by helping others around them see world issues, or just to see elements of the world they might not otherwise see. Western artists often view art […]

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Vodka and News coming soon

    I soon will be publishing a a newsletter and updating my website. I have a wonderful graphic artist and photographer, Lynelle Mallady, working on some branding and an art critic and curator working on a biography that I will post here later this year. For those new to “branding” think McDonalds or Coke a […]

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Learn to layer with pencils: bonus video

This week I’d like to discuss how to create shading using layering. I’ve attached a link to a video that illustrates this better than I can explain it in words. Basically, you want to do exercises using three different grades of pencils and layer each grade with one, two and three layers. This will give […]

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Graded Pencils — selecting what’s best for you

Beginners to drawing often are baffled by the numbers on the ends of drawing pencils, 4B, HB, 2H etc. Quickly anyone making a mark with them understands that some are lighter and some are darker. However, due to variations in manufacturing, the numbers do not always represent what shade of gray they might be. Too […]

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Artist are to Blame for the Fall of Culture

Artists are to blame, in a large part, for the fall of culture and the interest in the arts. Fewer people patronize the arts. Even the new rich from Silicon Valley must be courted, or coerced into spending their new-found wealth on art: it’s not a natural thought process for people of wealth or even […]

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Daily Paintings Shifted to Facebook

About two months ago I developed a new website, www.avonwaters.com for my serious art. I have since moved my daily posts to www.facebook.com/artbyavon and urge my blog followers to go to my Art Semantics page and like it. I have over 4,000 followers and will post my daily work there. This blog will become a […]

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