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BONUS #16

Ito Shinsui Woodblock Prints

Our BONUS content for July is a short video that Nick put together during his visit to the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. This exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints featured the work of one of the great masters of Japanese printmaking, Ito Shinsui, and focused on the deep connections between the work of Joan Miró and Japanese art.

BONUS #15- Partitioning

Find your best paintings!

Our BONUS content for May is about partitioning. This happens when you scale up in the size of your paintings, and end up making a lot of small paintings as one larger painting. The painting has a lot of great crops, but it’s not very strong on its own. See Nick explain this further and how it applies to his own work.

Tips and Tricks!

Our BONUS content for January is all about using the Academy website and forum to your best advantage…and more efficiently! Susan, Ferris and Cheryl have put together a tutorial video for you about the Top 10 Ways to Get the Most from the Academy. We hope by learning these tips your Academy experience will get better and better!

BONUS #13 – Summer One Up Challenge

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of you who joined and participated in our Summer One Up Challenge. We hope that by challenging yourself you somehow took your art forward. Take a peek at the video we made of all the wonderful work that was created during this challenge. We are so proud of each of you!

BONUS #12 – Colors of Morocco

Get inspired!

COLORS OF MOROCCO

This is a beautiful video full of the colors, textures, designs and details that Nicholas captured while recently teaching in Morocco. We hope it inspires you. Enjoy!

BONUS #11 – Sakura Solid Markers

A new tool for your toolbox

SAKURA SOLID MARKERS

In this Bonus video, artist Kate Zimmer lets us in to her studio to show us a great medium she works with—Sakura Solid Markers. She tells us a bit about them and shows us where and how she uses this versatile medium in her paintings.

BONUS #10 – Gary Ruddell’s Sketchbooks

A sneak peek

SEEING HIS WORLD

In this Bonus release, we get a wonderful, rare look into one of Gary Ruddell’s sketchbooks. Gary’s sketchbooks capture moments of the world around him. These beautiful little paintings are reference for larger paintings to come.

BONUS #9 – The Loud Conversation

A mini refresher

BREAKING IT DOWN

You’ll hear Nick talk about it again and again and again. It’s that important. In this brief refresher see many styles of art reduced to the Loud Conversation. We can’t be reminded enough!

Set up for studio floors for success

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK DOWN!

The floor of a studio is often the last thing an artist thinks about, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important! Setting up your studio floor correctly can have a huge impact on the quality of your work. In this bonus video, Nick shows you not only how he has the floor set up in his studio, but also how to build a floor for those of you who have a studio set up in your home!

Another great tool for your art making

A LITTLE TOOL THAT CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT

We artists are always keeping our eyes open for some new techniques and tools that help us bring something new to our art. One of Nicholas’ students discovered one and shared it in an Art2Life workshop. Check out this video introducing us to a great little tool that can bring fun and experimentation to your work!

The journey continues…

CHECK OUT WHAT YOUR FELLOW ACADEMY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN CREATING

Congratulations on completing your 1UP challenge for November! It has been so great to see how you have taken your work just one step further. It is an inspiration to us all. We hope this has been a rewarding experience for you. Even if you weren’t able to complete your challenge, we hope you learned something just from thinking about how you can take your work to another level.

“Intersection” painting, video sequel

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, IT’S PART 7 OF THE PAINTING “INTERSECTION”.

Shot in real time (meaning no editing) This video show the struggles, the solutions and my “aha” moments that always seem to come up when you least expect them. Often at the end and the beginning of the video I talk about what is and is not working, where I am lost and where I am found. I hope you enjoy seeing the progress!

We’ve been busy…

Check out what your fellow Academy members have been creating…

Congratulations on completing your 1UP CHALLENGE this month! It has been so great to see how you have taken your work just one step further. It is an inspiration to us all. We hope this has been a rewarding experience for you. Even if you weren’t able to complete your challenge, we hope you learned something just from thinking about how you can take your work to another level.

New materials energize your art

A great way to invite change into your work

There are so many materials available to us to create our work with. Finding what we enjoy working with and what resonates with us helps us to create work that is uniquely ours. Take a look at this video where Nicholas shows us a few different ways of how to work with the very flexible and beautiful medium of oil pastels.

Set up your studio for success

Great work starts with your studio

As creatives, we all know how important it is to have your studio set up correctly, but where to start? Each artist has a slightly different set up, and sifting through all the available options can be exhausting. But don’t worry – we have you covered here at the Art2Life Academy!

“Intersection” painting, video sequel

Back by popular demand, it’s the next video of my painting, “Intersection”.

Shot in real time (meaning no editing) This video show the struggles, the solutions and my “aha” moments that always seem to come up when you least expect them. Often at the end and the beginning of the video I talk about what is and is not working, where I am lost and where I am found. I hope you enjoy seeing the progress!