The Language of Objects Opening and Live Demos!

First of all, we wanted to send a big THANK YOU to everyone, both artists and art lovers, who came out to join us for the opening of our still life invitational, “The Language of Objects” this past Friday evening! We love the variety of folks that this kind of group show brings together, and…

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Technique Tuesday: Broken Color

What is it? The technique we’ll be looking at today is a fun one: broken color. This term refers to a technique where an artist will apply colors to a painting in small strokes, but does not blend them, so that they blend optically rather than literally. The effect of this technique a life and…

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Technique Tuesday: Egg Tempera

What is it? Last week, we took a look at oil paints and acrylic paints, but this week’s topic is a painting medium that predates both of them–egg tempera. Egg tempera is an ancient type of paint that is made by mixing powdered dry pigments with egg yolk as a binder, and typically with another ingredient…

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IGOR 10th Annual Juried Exhibition Award Winners

Principle Gallery wishes a huge CONGRATULATIONS to each of the IGOR 10th Annual Juried Exhibition award winners, as well as all the brilliant and talented artists whose work made it into this exhibition! And also, thank you so much to everyone who came out to join us last night and made the reception such a success!…

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Technique Tuesdays: Painting from Life

Welcome back to Technique Tuesday! Here’s the last part of that series looking at what artists use for reference (we’ve already looked at painting from photographs and from the imagination). Today’s post will be a bit different, as it’s a guest post written by Principle Gallery still life artist Elizabeth Floyd. As a still life…

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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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Yin and Yang in a Crustacean World

Remember last November, when Cindy Procious and Mia Bergeron had that fantastic two person exhibition with us? One of Cindy’s largest paintings in that show was “Yin and Yang in a Crustacean World”. Check out these in-progress photos Cindy took to see the awesome journey these two lobsters went on!   And the finished product….…

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Technique Tuesdays: The Multi-Loaded Brush

What is it? Most everyone would probably be able to guess what exactly is meant by the phrase  “loading the brush” as it relates to painting–you dip the paintbrush in the paint! It’s pretty simple. There are all sorts of ways, however, that artists adjust the way that they load their paintbrush in order to…

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Technique Tuesdays: Chiaroscuro

Welcome back to Technique Tuesday! Today we’re taking a look at one of the most basic and essential techniques in art: chiaroscuro. What is it? Chiaroscuro (pronounced “keyARo-scuro”) is another art term with its roots in the Italian language. As the two parts of the word translate to “light” and “dark,” chiaroscuro is used to…

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Studio Selfie Saturday: Jacob A. Pfeiffer

Happy Saturday! Today’s Studio Selfie features Wisconsin still life painter Jacob A. Pfeiffer. Known for his highly realistic and often subtly humorous still life compositions, Jacob’s work is currently featured in Principle Gallery’s booth at the Boston International Fine Arts Show. In fact, BIFAS even used his piece “A Bird in the Hand” to advertise…

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