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Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro

Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro is a landscape painter and portrait artist who recently won the “People’s Choice” award that was sponsored by Plaza Artist Materials in the 7th Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Drawing Show at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. Having grown up in Valencia, Spain and moving to Washington, DC eight years ago, Gonzalo shares how his artistic career and experiences have differed in the two countries. Read our exclusive interview with Gonzalo below to gain an inside look into his unique artistic journey. You can visit more of his work here: www.gonzaloruiznavarro.com.

Chicago Harbor, Oil on Canvas

Chicago Harbor, Oil on Canvas

Why did you decide to enter the Steve Hanson pastel drawing into the Yellow Barn show?

I was proud of that piece and I like it. I thought it had a good chance to win or place in the show. It is a piece I did some months ago in one of the pastel classes I teach at the Yellow Barn. Some days we have a live model come and pose for the class. That day, I brought in a very particular model with a very interesting face and full beard. I saw him a few years ago at the Art of the Portrait conference in Reston, Virginia, an annual conference held by the Portrait Society of America. I saw hi...

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Robert and Lina Liberace portrait

Robert Liberace and Lina Chesak-Liberace are married artists living, working and teaching in the Washington, D.C area. Robert is a classically trained portraitist and Lina is a professional illustrator. Read our interviews with both artists below. Robert had some tips for creating stellar oil paintings and Lina offers insight into the process of illustrating and publishing children’s books! All photos courtesy Robert and Lina Liberace. You may find more of Robert and Lina's artwork at www.robertliberace.com and www.linaliberace.com

Robert Liberace

I’ve been told that you are not the only one in your family who makes art. Your wife is an artist; do your daughters also make art, or do you have other family members who are artists? Do you ever work collaboratively with other family members to complete projects?

Lina is a very gifted artist, creating works in drawing, painting and sculpture. When we first met, she was already a successful illustrator creating works for large magazines like National Geographic, and illustrating children's books. Celia and Ava are developing impressive skills in drawing and they seem to enjoy it. They have been brought up in a world of art and museums so th...

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Getting started with oil painting can be daunting, not only because it is more labor and clean-up intensive than acrylic painting, but also because it seems that more tools are required. It’s true. You may need a few extra mediums and tools than you might need for acrylic or watercolor painting, but oil painting is worth the extra steps. Many artists attracted to oil painting because oil paint offers what many consider unparalleled color intensity, luminescent tinting power and luscious glossiness.

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out which colors to buy to start a basic set to work from. Primary colors are obviously needed, along with black and white. But what other colors are good palette starters? You may want to buy a couple of extra tubes of certain colors to go along with the basics.

We highly recommend taking an oil painting class or workshop to get yourself started. We offer oil painting classes several times a year at our Rockville, Nashville, Towson, and Kenwood locations. Check out our workshop guides to give yourself that extra push to try a new medium.

Which Colors to Start With (Buy These Paints)

There are slightly different opinions about which colors to start out wit...

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Madeleine Finley: Colorful Chaos

May 12, 2016 1:35:08 PM

Madeleine Finley - Oil Painting

Madeleine Finley is a painter from the Washington, DC area. She creates colorful abstract oil paintings, each containing a beautiful chaos of letters, lines and fragmented figures. Sometimes emerging artists will incorporate words into their work and the integration seems trite, but Madeleine’s use of lettering is abstract and intriguing. Along with her acute awareness of color and unusual compositions, her paintings are fun to explore.

Madeleine had her first solo show in Puerto Rico, as a part of the Trailer Park Proyects. Trailer Park Proyects is a traveling gallery in the trailer of a box truck. TPP gives both emerging and established artists the opportunity to show work in various locations across the city of San Juan. The project also sets a maximum price of $500 on all exhibiting works to make the artwork more accessible for younger and modest art collectors.

In the following interview, Madeleine illustrates the importance of exploring different opportunities and venues for practicing your craft as an artist.  One opportunity that Madeleine has particularly enjoyed in the DC area is being a member of DC Arts Studios. DCAS, an organization located in Takoma Park, Maryland, is a...

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