Technique Tuesdays: Pointillism

What is it? Pointillism is a painting technique that popped up in the late 1800’s as an off-shoot of Impressionism. Essentially, pointillism uses small, distinct dots or strokes of different colors in a pattern to form an image. This technique relies on the ability of the eye to blend the dots of color–it’s actually quite…

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Technique Tuesday: Pentimenti

What is it? A pentimento (the plural is “pentimenti”) is an alteration in an artwork that becomes apparent by the marks and traces left behind from the artist’s original strokes. Although it is derived from the (you guessed it!) Italian word meaning “to repent,” it’s not quite accurate to call these marks mistakes. For a long…

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Technique Tuesdays: Tenebrism

Remember the Technique Tuesday post where we took a look at chiaroscuro? Today’s post is going to take a look at a very cool technique, closely related to chiaroscuro: tenebrism. What is it? Tenebrism, like chiaroscuro, is all about the use of lights and darks. Where chiaroscuro is used to create a sense of depth,…

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Technique Tuesdays: Tonalism

Before we start to look at this week’s Technique Tuesday topic of Tonalism, we’re going to start with a mini discussion of two basics that are important to understand when talking about this style. So, in case you are not yet familiar with these concepts in art, let’s take a quick look at these 2…

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Studio Selfie Saturday (Early Edition!): GC Myers

What? A Studio Selfie Saturday post…on a Friday? Yes indeed, and for good reason! We’re posting about GC Myers today partially as a reminder about our exciting event tomorrow! Amidst the excitement of the Alexandria Arts Festival which will flood King Street this weekend, Principle Gallery will be holding an artist talk with GC Myers…

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Studio Selfie Saturday: Paula Rubino

We thought it especially appropriate that today’s Studio Selfie features an artist who is currently in town visiting– artist Paula Rubino traveled from Florida to join us for the Pay It Forward opening reception last night! Paula’s selfie shows her in what will soon be her brand new artist studio! We were so pleased that…

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“Traveler” : GC Myers Exhibition Opens TONIGHT!

A talented painter (and a long-time cherished friend of Principle Gallery) with a unique style and a thoughtful and philosophical soul, GC Myers is back in Alexandria this weekend to join us for the opening of “Traveler,” his 15th solo exhibition at the gallery. “Traveler” is a gorgeous collection of works in a wide array…

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Tourist Season Recap

May’s exhibition, a visiting artist invitational titled “Tourist Season,” had its opening reception last Friday evening and it was a real pleasure to see the art hanging as a collection on the gallery walls. Working with these talented artists for the first time has been a treat for everyone involved. The show is still hanging in…

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Tourist Season Spotlight: Gregory Mortenson, Neil Nelson, and Sydney Bella Sparrow

Today we’re introducing the final three artists from the group of 13 comprising the May show, “Tourist Season.” As the opening of the show is quickly approaching (Friday night, 6:30 PM!) we are getting more and more excited about showing this fresh group of talented artists’ work. Send us an email (info@principlegallery.com) to let us…

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Tourist Season Spotlight: Erik Johnson and Shane Wolf

Erik Johnson Having spent his childhood around family members with a variety of aristic talents, Erik Johnson explored several passions, including cartoon illustration and animation, before arriving at a full time career in fine art painting. Though self-taught, his art is skillful and striking. Erik’s works always begin with an idea, as he creates a…

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