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Tools and Supplies

In approximately two weeks, I’m heading to Nashville to be an instructor at –The Fantastic Workshop-.  I’m looking forward to it greatly, and have been busy preparing material for my lectures, as well as the demos I’ll be doing. As I gather the necessary materials at this time, I also remember all the questions about my process people asked me at Illuxcon a few weeks ago. Among the most frequent questions I field are regarding my supplies, and so I decided to gather all that information in one place. I have some of this scattered throughout my blog over the …

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Descants & Cadences – a new art book

The Kickstarter is LIVE! Check it out -here- Art has always been about the exploration of other worlds to me. It is a medium to view the world with a different perspective and to find elements of beauty in what seems ordinary. I want to transport myself, and my audience into a mirror existence. That’s what Descants & Cadences is. I want this book to be a window to invite you in to participate with my visions. For the artwork in this collection I’ve been feeling along the boundary between dream and reality. I’ve delved into the language of allegory …

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Altoid tin paintings

Blackbird by Stephanie Law

Okay, they are not actually on Altoid tins. I bought some generic blank ones instead, off of ebay. And I decided to make them not-blank. I used Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground. I prepped them first with multiple layers of Ground, getting a very nice textured surface, then painted with watercolors. Afterwards, I sealed them with an acrylic varnish spray (many layers). I only spent about two minutes for a rough sketch on each of these, and then I started painting. They were relatively unplanned, very messy, and a whole lot of fun. Take a look at a time lapsed video …

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Descants & Cadences free desktop wallpaper downloads

Less than two weeks to go before the book launches on kickstarter (April 14th).  I’ve mostly got the campaign sorted out, and so now it’s just cleaning up details, doing the last rounds of proofreading on the manuscript, and counting down the days. Price for the Trade Edition book will be $35.00 + shipping. Deluxe Edition will be $95.00 + shipping. For now, here are some free 1200×1600 desktop wallpaper downloads to help whet your appetite! More information about the upcoming Kickstarter campaign and how you can be a part of that to pre-order this book can be found at: …

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Descants & Cadences – Gearing up for a new book!

Descants and Cadences a new art book by Stephanie Law

These past few months, I’ve been working on this. It’s a new art book. Yay! It has been about 4 years since my previous collected works volume “Between the Seams”. In that interim, a LOT of art has happened, and a lot of twists and turns to my style and subject matter. A new book to reflect those changes is overdue, and will include pieces from Strange Dreams, my Magpie Series, the Stag Sonata Cycle, Insecta, and Descants and Cadences. This new art book will be launched via crowdfunding on Kickstarter (tentative launch date is April 14th, and a funding …

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Applying Gold Leaf video

Stuff used in this video: * wood panel – Blick Studio 8×8 inch wood panel * watercolors * watercolor ground – Daniel Smith, both clear and opaque * gold leaf sizing – Miniatum ink (the pink stuff in the video) * gold leaf – lagoldleaf.com 24 karat * lots of cheap synthetic brushes Here are some in progress photos for the piece: I sketch directly onto the wood panel. After I’m done with the sketch, I paint over the entire thing with watercolor ground. I keep the watercolor ground fairly thin over the background wood areas, and I add a …

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Naming the Ineffable

Why artists love mythology   In late 2013 I painted a series of illustrations for an herbal guide. It consisted of thirty plants painted in a traditional watercolor botanical art style. This greatly honed my botanical draftsmanship. Some of the plants I was able to locate in local nurseries to purchase and add to my own garden. Others I was able to seek out at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens. But a large number of the plants I had to forage for my specimens in my local environs. This proved to be highly instructional in teaching me to identify much of …

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Without an Audience

the importance of sketchbooks

Having a private sketchbook is vital to my creativity. The key is that it has to be exactly what that word says. It’s a book for your sketches. Not a showcase for your finished drawings. Not your completed masterpieces that you expect to eventually show the world. You can have those too if you want. But you need to have one book that is for yourself. It has to be a place where you feel safe to make mistakes, and to just draw what your muse inspires you to create, even when you don’t really know what she’s saying, and …

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Transmuted Sand

My art this past month is filled with winged things. Perhaps it is because I feel the pulse of the year’s heartbeat rushing past me in a swirl of weather and seasons. The passage catches me up like a whirlwind of wings. The trees are alight with blazing colored leaves. The rare rain seeps across the windowsill. The crows in the park grow brave and chase off the resident red-tailed hawk. Just for a day. She is ensconced in the branches of her throne once again on the following morning. Generally it is a truce of mutual ignoring with the …

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Insecta – Bumblebee

Bumblebee 10×10 inches (framed 17×17 inches) watercolor & gold leaf The bumblebee is a messenger from from the spirit/dream realms, and she imparts the secrets that thread through the world’s pulse. She gathers that knowledge from flowers’ breath. Wisdom transmuted from seed by sunlight to blossom to pollen. To golden honey that kisses your lips, caresses your throat. * * * Ever since I saw some red-tailed bumblebees when I was in Ontario this summer, I’ve been wanting to add one to my Insecta series. This piece was created for the group show at Alexi Era Gallery, running from Nov …

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Capturing the Gleam!

A tutorial on how to effectively digitize reflective and relief elements. Working with metal leaf in a painting can create some very beautiful textural effects that make an original painting that much more of a unique creation. It becomes not simply a static image, but something that changes in its presentation and the mood it depicts, depending on the ambient lighting. It is interactive with its environment. That same quality however, makes it very tricky to digitize a painting that has reflective qualities. The main issue is that you have two things at odds with each other: (1) Reflective effects …

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Descants

Descants watercolor art by Stephanie Law

Descants Medium: Watercolor & gold leaf Size: 12×18 Original painting is available via Tighnabruaich Gallery. There were a number of paintings I did in the past month that led up to Descants, where I was exploring various aspects and elements of the painting in a smaller or more isolated form. Some pieces I was playing with texture, or exploring color combinations. But I finally felt ready to tackle the painting in its entirety that I had imagined. After scribbling out and settling on a thumbnail, I transfer and finalize the sketch on my final painting surface. And then begin the …

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