How to Paint a Sunset – Video No.285

In this video Chuck Black shows us how to paint a sunset over a lake. In just under 10 minutes this acrylic speed painting video demonstrates the process from start to finish.

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Meeting the Painter Herdin Radtke

artist Herdin Radtke

Herdin Radtke

Today I should like to introduce you to the painter Herdin Radtke. As you will have read in previous posts he was the artist I shared a booth with at the Creativa Arts Fair in 2018.

Herdin is a life-long artist who started out on his own after learning from other professionals. He sold his first paintings to a gallery early on in his career and went on to paint and sell his works in Rome. He later moved to Spain living next door to Salvador Dali for six years. He was even commissioned to restore some of Dali´s older paintings.

Herdin also spent many years in France where he still owns a house. Today he lives in his native country Germany. He teaches oil painting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France with the occasional trip to Marocco. Herdin has developed a special approach to blending oils allowing his students to achieve very encouraging results in a single course.  He is the author of a number of books on oil painting. He has developed several painting  DVDs with instructions on various subjects from apples to candles and floral still lifes.

If you are interested please contact Herdin. Being a well-travelled veteran of the arts world he speaks several languages including English so by all means write to him.

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Gary Boyler on How to Improve Your Blog

modified pixabay photoFound this information to be quite useful. It tells bloggers and others who want to promote their art on social media what best to avoid and what to do instead. Gary´s blog offers much more on various art related subjects.

The Harsh Truth Why Your Art Blog or Website Isn’t Growing (And What To Do About It!)

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What Brexit will mean for Artists

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too late

As of now UK artists will just have another eleven months in which to exhibit their work in Europe without the formalities. As from 2021 it will become more of a hassle and also expensive. I remember the days in the eighties when I had to produce customs papers at the border joining the queues with lorry drivers. There used to be borders within Europe too. The papers had to be checked and stamped at every one of them both on entry and on exit. You will need papers even if the goods will be returned to you eventually.

Basic processing cost for an ATA carnet is £336.94. For further information you can click here.

So next year I will not be exhibiting in England any more unless the yet to be negotiated government´s deal will eliminate the paperwork and the cost. The effort involved will outweigh its benefits by far. I cannot expect my friends in England to go to the local customs office to collect my parcel and go through the same procedure in reverse to return my paintings.

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Hyperrealism versus Photographs


In this less than 2 minute video Anna Halldin Maule from Sweden uses oil paints to create art that looks more real than a photograph. It can take up to 4 months for Anna to finish one painting.

For her hyperrealism works Anna uses reference photographs which are converted into meticulously detailed pieces to create the illusion of a reality not seen in the original photo. They include human emotion, and narrative elements.

So do I think it is art executed with skill and an immense effort. It contains all the elements distinguishing it from a mere copy of reality. It needs composition, design and skill to produce hyperrealist paintings.

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How to Get Exposure – Video No.284


In this 14 minute video Andrew Tischler shares 5 tips on how to get more exposure as an artist.

1) Don´t Rush
2) Get ONLINE
3) Exhibit
4) Be Persistent
5) Improve Your Quality

He explains in detail what he means by these 5 headlines.

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Artists on German TV – Pavel Sokov and Paul Coney

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Every month the international group of artists AERA present a member on German TV.

Today I can announce two new productions starting with Pavel Sokov a Russian oil painter who lives in Canada and Paul Coney an oil painter from New Zealand.

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In my series of films on my slot on a German tv channel I present artists belonging to AERA the Association Embracing Realist Art. The films are being broadcast several times a month. Members have their work put in front of a wide audience. German subtitles are added where necessary to make it accessible to viewers who are less fluent in English. This one happens to be in German but the images are almost self explanatory. The productions are not only shown on the German TV channel several times over but they have also been entered into the station´s free public media library.

Furthermore Zattoo offer a live stream for subscribers in Europe. You can register for free. It will give you access to 89 tv channels. One of them is NRWision which features our AERA programmes several times a month.

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Exhibition at a Shopping Centre

shop front

some of my paintings

sizeable pieces

Having hired an empty shop at a major shopping centre I will be spending the next two Saturdays there to show my own works and those of a friend of mine.

We will be taking turns to man the shop and paint live in front of visitors. People are invited to come in to take a closer look and talk to us.

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How to Practice Drawing – Video No.283


In this video Andrew Tischler tells us about the importance of drawing. The 20 minute demonstration covers several different subjects. There are drawings of a ruin, trees, horses, rocks, and mountains. Andrew also shows us how the individual elements can be combined to create a beautiful composition digitally to prepare for a painting.

You can always jump forward if you haven´t got the time to watch all of the video.

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2019 Amnesty International Art Auction in Germany

Amnesty International have held their annual auction of art works last December. This is now a tradition which has been running for more than 40 years. I have been contributing some of my works since 2013.

This time I had submitted the painting on the left. It is an interpretation of Monet´s water lilies.

I´m pleased to say it was one of two of my works among the 96 that sold fetching a nice little sum while 61 works did not sell.

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