Monday, January 31, 2011



LIVING ART by Carol Cavalaris

Beautiful Nature and Animal Paintings by Carol Cavalaris

Carol Cavalaris lives in the middle of a forest in the high country of Colorado. It is the wild beauty of her surroundings that inspires her digital paintings of wildlife and nature. Carol currently exhibits her work in several Colorado galleries, including the Grace Gallery in the famous Santa Fe Avenue Art District in Denver. She is a freelance artist for The Mountain, and creates custom art, specializing wildlife, floral, and pet paintings. Her on-line galleries can be viewed on her website at:

Reality and fantasy blend together as she combines photo sources and painting techniques to create her unique mixed medium images that she calls ‘living art’.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Digital Painting Tutorial

Learning how to paint portraits that aren’t only realistic, but also capture emotion and feeling can be difficult. A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

For those of you who are interested in learning the art, Dianae from deviantART has an excellent tutorial on digital painting. It comes in 3 parts in both English and French, and also has accompanying brushes and a screencapture lapse video.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rules of Composition: Framing

Just as a good frame and mat accentuates the painting that hangs on the wall, the technique of framing will help to draw more attention to the subject of a photo. To use framing in your photographic composition, you must look for objects within the scope of the viewfinder that will further enhance your subject.

Framing is achieved by using contrast, texture and shape in the foreground as a border around the subject of your photo. Natural surroundings such as tree limbs or rocks or man-made structures like archways, windows and doors can all be used as framing. As you prepare to snap your picture, be sure to maintain focus on the main subject and consider using a smaller aperture (higher f-stop) to get a high depth-of-field shot.

The following pictures illustrate how framing can be done. Notice that it’s not always necessary to get a complete border around your subject. By using the following examples as your inspiration, you will be able to see more framing possibilities the next time you go out with your camera.