Author Archives: Barb Capeletti

Good Artist, Bad Teacher – Art Lessons Gone Wrong

I was in our county library the other day looking through the beginner watercolor books to have reference examples for a student to take home over the weekend after our art lesson. As I leafed through many books I found … Continue reading

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Art and Emotions

Art is supposed to evoke emotions in people. It may bring back memories, give a feeling of joy, peace, sadness, creates wishes, so much more.  I believe that art is born from emotions as well. Two weeks ago, I lost … Continue reading

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Watercolor Paintings That Bore The Pants Off People!

When I first began painting, I started in oils. They seemed bright and vivid to me. Watercolors, on the other hand, seemed washed out, insipid and boring. All pastel, no contrast. Then I discovered GOOD watercolor paintings! Colors jumped off … Continue reading

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Art Fraud in Reverse – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

  This week the art world was rocked by the discovery of an authentic Van Gogh painting. Originally declared a fake, hidden away in shame in an attic for decades, tested again and declared a fake, it finally emerges, thanks … Continue reading

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The Virgin Artist – Watercolor Art Supplies for Beginners

All artists have had “firsts”. Every first-time art class or workshop starts with a materials list from the instructor. Every art book begins with a chapter on “materials” and the artist usually offers his or her own favorite palette colors. … Continue reading

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Painting Lesson of Koi and Goldfish, by Lian Zhen

I have always loved Chinese style painting and one of the masters is artist Lian Quan Zhan. He has a talent for blending East and West styles and the results are beautiful. Lian Zhen is offering this watercolor painting lesson … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and Sunsets

Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are alike. You will never see yesterday’s sunset again but another one is waiting for you tonight. That’s the fun of painting sunsets. No matter what colors you use, how you blend them, you are … Continue reading

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Poppies – A Start to Finish Painting

I don’t usually have people watch me paint in my studio. So when they see the finished painting they ask “how did you do that?” So here is a painting as it progresses – “Poppies” First I draw out the … Continue reading

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Moving Out of My Comfort Zone

I started painting at night classes after work. It was always nice little still life watercolors that were very realistic. I moved into florals and landscapes and do enjoy them still. You will see many examples of my florals and landscapes … Continue reading

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