Countless artists around the world choose to express
themselves on canvas with a paint brush. But what if you want to be a little
different from the crowd?
Ever considered painting with a palette knife?
The effect of palette knife painting is much more textured
and vivid than the same work which has been created by a regular brush. If you
think you might be interested in experimenting with a palette knife, here is a
quick primer on the technique:
- Hold a
palette knife like you would a brush.
Fall is upon us in Houston,
so it's a time when people can actually venture out of their homes without
being oppressed by heat and humidity. So you may be starting to fill your
social calendar with different things to see and do in Houston.
Here's an idea: why not take some time and visit the Griffin
Susannah Virginia Griffin has opened a new art space in the Upper Kirby area of the city. The Griffin Gallery is at 2825 Colquitt Street,
which is a block north of Richmond
Avenue and about a quarter mile west of Kirby Drive.
When some people envision the life of an artist, they may
conjure up images of someone spending hours at a time in a studio or room
almost every day of the week, constantly entranced by the "creative
process," and intensely focused on creating their next work of art. But in
reality, many artists live fairly ordinary lives, with the same
responsibilities, activities, and time demands as the average person.
Take Susannah Virginia Griffin, for example. Although she is
an accomplished artist, she also has the most important occupation in the
Every artist can point to something that inspires him or
her. For Susannah Virginia Griffin, one source of her inspiration comes from
the man who first taught her to paint: her father.
Duncan Simmons is a hyper-realist and watercolorist who
attended the Houston Museum of Fine Art's Glassell School
of art just like Susannah did. He has been painting in watercolors since 1996,
but has worked with acrylic paint for over four decades.
Simmons has won numerous awards for his artwork over the
years, and you may have seen some of his paintings at the University
of Texas, the Memorial Hermann
Hospital system, and many
other private companies.
There's no pat answer to the question "What does
Susannah Virginia Griffin paint?" An intricate array of images, objects,
people, and scenes can be found among Susannah's works.
That said, Susannah does often channel her artistic talents
into creating breathtaking images of women. Here are several of her most recent
"From the Heart" - A portrait of Jesus' mother
Mary, this painting was completed by candlelight in just half an hour. It was
inspired by Susannah's trip to the Vatican.
Quick - think of a method of artistic expression.
You probably came up with painting, sculpting, video, or
even performance art. Here's an art form that doesn't often come to mind:
Simply put, graphic design is the use of computer software
and similar tools to create images and designs. Most people associate graphic
design in the business world for such functions as creating company logos,
designing marketing materials and ads, and preparing PowerPoint or similar-type
It's late August - which means this is the time of year
where college students have already gone off to school or will soon depart
their "summer homes" to begin their fall semester of classes. Many of
these young adults have already declared a major or identified a path of study,
while others are still searching to find their passion.
For all college students, here's a little bit of advice:
don't ever close yourself off from other options.
August is commonly known as the only month which does not
contain any holidays. But that doesn't mean that there shouldn't be cause for
celebration in the eighth month of the year.
For Susannah Virginia Griffin, this August is a little bit
extra special. That's because it marks the one-year anniversary of the
exhibition of many of her paintings atAgora Gallery
in New York City. This contemporary art gallery
in Manhattan is
known for showcasing the work of globally-renowned artists for the last three
Many people dream of being an
artist, but don't want to invest a lot of money in art supplies or set aside
time to learn how to create art. If you're one of these people, listen up: you
may already have the tool needed to become an artist. And it's sitting in your
pocket or purse right now.
The trend is known asiPhone photography(also called
mobilography). People around the world are grabbing their iPhones and using
them to take beautiful, artistic photos. In fact, there's even an iPhone
Photography Awards competition that has been in existence since 2007!
Why take the bait, if you are already being fed?