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: Imprimatura

Welcome back to Technique Tuesday! Today’s post is going to look at a technique that we all saw in action at Friday night’s fantastic live painting demo with Teresa Oaxaca. If you missed it, be sure to keep an eye out for when we upload the photos and videos from that night, as well as…

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Perspective of a Model

Following Friday night’s demo with Teresa Oaxaca we asked our lovely intern Barbara to share her experience as a model for Teresa. Here is what she had to say. My favorite part about interning at Principle is the rare glance into an artist’s creative world. You can read up on their background or ask them…

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Technique Tuesdays: Sight-Size

What is it? If you’ve ever amused yourself by holding up your thumb and noticing how someone across the room appears to be tiny and thumb-sized next to it, you’re well on your way to understanding the sight-size method of painting and sculpting. Sight-size is a technique long used in schools and ateliers to teach…

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Technique Tusedays: The Mahl Stick

What is it? Today’s Technique Tuesday takes a look “behind the scenes” at a handy artist’s tool known as the mahl stick (sometimes spelled mahlstick or maulstick). A mahl stick typically looks something like this: This kind of mahl stick is held in the non-painting hand, though some mahl sticks (like one we’ll see in…

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Technique Tuesdays: Alla Prima

What is it? Alla prima, also called “wet-on-wet” and “direct painting,” is a very popular method of painting in which the artist applies paint to the canvas essentially in one sitting (“alla prima” is an Italian phrase that translates to “at once”). One way to better understand the technique is to examine the alternative way of…

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Arnot Art Museum’s 8th Annual Invitational: Re-Presenting Representation

Principle Gallery is thrilled to announce our participation with the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York as they hold their annual Realism Invitational, “Re-Presenting Representation.” A well-established fine art institution, the Arnot Art Museum celebrated their 100th anniversary last year. In addition to their other periodic exhibitions, the museum has begun to hold an…

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New Talent: Teresa Oaxaca

We’re proud to announce our newest talent, Teresa Oaxaca! Her resume is quite impressive, especially at 24 years of age. She was classically trained at the Florence Academy of Art & Angel Academy of Art, studied at the studio of Odd Nerdrum, and keeps her skills sharp by attending classes with Robert Liberace. This is…

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