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Happy Holidays! My first SPECIALS.
November 23, 2011

Table of Contents

* Still Life symbols, what does that skull really mean in that painting?

* Portraits anyone?

* Landscape painting demonstration, the indirect method!

* Why draw pencil sketches?

* How to mix colors, some new revelations.

* My first SPECIALS!

Here's your latest edition New Stuff at Easy Oils!

I've got so many new things on the site, I thought I'd better put the e-zine up before the holidays keep me swamped in turkey sandwiches, football, and visiting with family and friends. When that happens, very little website work gets done!

Still Life symbols, what does that skull really mean in that painting?

This was such a fun article to put together. I learned so much in researching and I hope will too! Have you ever wondered why in older and even newer contemporary still life paintings, a few items consistantly show up as props? There's a reason for it! Candles, Apples, Triangles, Skulls all have secret meanings. Discover for yourself what kind of secret message you can send within your next still life painting by reading this article:

Secret Symbolism within the Still life painting.

Portraits anyone?

Just an introductory article to this super hard genre of art. The human face is one of the most recognizable objects in all we see! When painting portraits, the width of one hair on your brush can cause you to lose the likeness of your subject.

Read up on things to look out for and a few other tips here at:

Portrait Painting Tips and Techniques

Landscape painting demonstration, the indirect method!

I'm so excited about this demonstration! It's been a very long time since I've done a landscape, and, well, the struggles were worth it! This landscape was created using the Flemish technique, an indirect method of painting that is promoted throughout the site. Also, I consider myself blessed with good friends that helped me in critiquing this work to obtain its polished finish! Go see it here and take note of a special announcement on that page! You will not be disappointed.

Mabry Mill landscape demonstration using the indirect method of oil painting.

Why draw pencil sketches?

So, you're asking why drawing on a painting site? I get into the why with this most convincing reason. As an artist, you will need to come to grips with this issue, and without it, you will simply lose out. Your work will most likely be effected, and growing your skills will be difficult.

Drawing pencil sketches, the backbone of your art.

How to mix colors, some new revelations.

I recently reviewed a full online coarse on color mixing. I thought I had the subject covered fairly well on my color pages within the site. Boy, was I wrong! I needed to remind myself that there are literally thousands of art books devoted to just this subject. In my 30 some odd years of painting, I've read a number of these and I thought I knew it all! Man, what a humbling experience. After studying and doing the exercises, I realized you can teach an old dog new tricks! Check out exactly what I discovered, and implemented in my latest landscape painting that made this painting come to life!

How to mix colors,

Are you enjoying the new look on the website? Three column format has been introduced to better frame the content into the middle, and get those pesky ads out of the way of your reading pleasure.

What kinds of things?

Mostly I will tuck offers to products that I like and find related to oil painting. What others have said about the site or it's products. Sometimes I'll put sponsors there (they too help pay for the development of the site) And I'm thinking also how best to use it too. Got some ideas? Drop me a line! I can always use your feedback on how to steer this ship!

Another great addition to the site is the Facebook application!

If you're a Facebook Fan, then you'll appreciate this. You can "like" a page, and comment on it's contents so your Facebook friends can see what all the hub-bub is about, and where you spend your valuable hours learning on how to paint great things!

Spread the word! Click on the like buttons and give me your comments on the site! You don't even have to leave the site, it's all right there for your convenience.

Software hiccup! Yea, we have them sometimes. When I first introduced this, I was really happy with the amount of "Likes" and great "comments" the site was receiving. Then along came a software hiccup. After a "reset" I lost my likes and comments :(. So if you had left a great comment before, do leave one again! Our readers love 'em!

My first SPECIALS!

If you've been a fan of the site for a while, you will note that I've never run a special on my products. The time to redo the ads, and get the pricing schemes adjusted was to me, difficult. Remember, I like studio time more than bangin on a keyboard! But my web guru says, it's time!

So, as a benefit to folks that have been visiting the site and are still on the fence about whether to go for it, maybe this will help in your decision process.

Just look for this little symbol, and note the savings!

I'm now on Twitter! I find that if you reply to me rather then direct message (DM), I'll be able to find you easier. I get so much spam these days, I rarely check my direct messages in twitter any longer.

You can follow me, and I'll follow you back, but do reply to me that you are following so's I can follow you back! just tweet an "@delmus" in your tweet box!

Follow me on Twitter

Well I hope the information was useful to you. Future ezines will be in a similar format, just different information.

Let me know what you think! Have I helped you in any way? Twitter me, or drop me an email. I would love to see some of your work!

Till next time!

This is Delmus Phelps wishing you a happy painting day!


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