School Me Saturday: The History of Sign Painting

Sign-painting is an ancient trade that dates back as early as 300 B.C. Merchants, pub owners, innkeepers and other business people have always needed to communicate what they are selling and why the passersby should take pause and step inside. Fast forward to the early 1900s where every store needed a quality sign painter and […]

“Colors get the attention, but values do the work”

It’s been raining a lot in Los Angeles, and our grey skies have inspired us, much like the grey skies of Portland inspired Robert Gamblin to formulate three Portland Greys – Light, Medium, and Deep. These three neutral greys were developed to help painters quickly adjust the value and chroma of colors. And until February […]

School Me Saturday: What is the 1800s Barbizon School?

We’re starting this thing where every Saturday we serve up a tidbit of info about art, or art history, or whatever art-related. Basically we want you to know all about art. We’re going to start with some info on the Barbizon School, aka the Fountainebleau School. An important movement in French painting, the term ‘Barbizon […]

What is a good basic watercolor set for beginners and for artists who want to start painting with watercolors?

Some questions we are often asked: “What colors do you suggest for a beginner to get started?”“What colors should I get if I want to paint with watercolors?”  Choosing a palette of colors is very personal, and at its most basic, the choice needs to include a yellow, red and blue for a primary mixing […]

The Mobile Museum Fair comes to Downtown Los Angeles!

This Sunday, January 13th, the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles hosts the first-ever Mobile Museum Fair! Hey, that’s just down the street from us! This family-friendly event will be full of surprises and discovery for all ages and features a wide variety of portable museums and libraries-on-wheels as part of the new exhibition 21 Collections: […]

A symphony of color with Marabu Graphix Aqua Inks

National Artist Educator Celia Buchanan of Marabu presents an interactive, Kandinsky-inspired demo that produces beautiful, vibrant artwork in thirty minutes or less – no drawing skills necessary! Settle into this inspirational encounter with Marabu Graphix Aqua Inks and Marabu Graphix Aqua Ink Pens. A background of intense colors are applied onto watercolor paper, then transformed […]