Annette Heller
Why have I chosen abstract art as a way of representing what I have seen and what I feel? Because it is a representation of pure color, form and shape. But even more important, it is the only form of art where the viewer brings his or her perceptions into the art. Despite the fact that a specific painting may be a unique combination of colors and shapes inspired by real life moods and experiences, viewers tell me that they see many things in my art. Some say they see animals, insects, lighthouses, faces and in one case -- a piano. In all these works none of these objects were drawn, but the mood of the painting yielded the perception. I had tremendous satisfaction when one colleague suggested that one of my works represented a Parisian Bistro. So in a way I can represent a mood or feeling in an abstract work better than in a purely representational work. And also I can choose to work in an infinite variety of palettes because I do not have to represent a specific object.
 

Hampton Photo, Art and Framing Bridgehampton, New York

Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
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Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
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How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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