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Created with acrylics, graphite, crayon and collage.

Enjoy a collection of abstract owl paintings created with acrylics, graphite, crayon and collage on paper. Unique and colorful owl artwork inspired from the love of painting animals.

If you know anything about me then you understand painting expressively is what I do. Cows are without a doubt my most popular animal subject and get most of the attention. But that's before owls came along.

These birds are the newest animal muse to take over the studio and have become very popular on Instagram. Plus I have enjoyed finding interesting ways to paint them and collaging, crayon and mark making all seem to go well with this subject.

What's next?

The plan is to continue to paint them of course! But I also want to experiment more to see how far I can push the abstract qualities and still have it look like an owl. Once I get more comfortable I'll start to add some owl painting tutorials to painthog so if you are a member you can look forward to that for sure!

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Let's Paint Cool Halloween Stuff With Acrylics, Collage And Charcoal - Bacon Bits Episode 5 - YouTube
 Go grab your brushes and paint! Join in on the fun!

In this episode of Bacon Bits we will create some festive halloween art with acrylics, collage, crayon and graphite. And to make it happen I will take you on a quick journey of how to explore a subject before diving into the finished project(s). It's important to make a few connections so that you are pumped up and feeling creative.

Step one: do some quick drawings

Take five, or ten minutes and doodle with some things that are synonymous with halloween. If you need some inspiration just Google it! This first step is the most important so be sure to invest some energy here. You can have a close look at my sketches below.

Painting and collaging pumpkins

For my first project I went with pumpkins. As you will see in the demo I worked spontaneously and didn't have a preconceived technique. The only goal was to work quickly with whatever came to mind. The results aren't always perfect. So when something doesn't work the idea is quickly abandoned. Then I move on to the next idea that comes to mind. It's a fun process that allows one to discover and explore new methods for creating.

Candy corn time!

I'll have to admit candy corn was my least favorite treat. I always tried to trade with my siblings and friends but that rarely worked. But I will say I enjoyed painting them. It's an easy shape to make and has some cool stripes of color.

Last but not least; ghosts

This one seemed boring at first but I actually enjoyed this one the most. The end results are pretty sweet, too. Really glad I decided to give them a try. As you will see in the demo I used some dark hues and glued white collage paper on top. The cuts were rough which allowed room to add some paint to define the shapes.

Did you enjoy this tutorial?

If you enjoyed the tutorial please support them! I have a fantastic website below, painthog, where you can view more lessons and advanced courses.

Whether you are a beginner, or have been around a while, I can assure you there's plenty of great things for you to learn.

Memberships start at $1 per month and will go towards helping me make better content and more of it!

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Affordable Expressive Cow Art For The Cow Lover In You

Fun, abstract cow paintings created with mixed media on paper and canvas. These cows represent some of the recent works created in late 2018. The focus lately is bold mark making and collaging. The collage part is new to the creative process and I'm thrilled that I finally gave it a try because I love it.

Back Story

I started painting cows back in 2008 when I lived in rural Suffolk, Virginia. After driving for hours looking for a place to paint I finally decided to pull over at a cow farm.

At the time the cows were in the middle of the field which was pretty far away from my setup. The curiosity got the better of them as they eventually lumbered over to where I was painting.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Interested in learning he art of painting abstract cows?

Be sure to visit my teaching website where I have an online course that will blow your mind! And you can apply the techniques to any animal, too.

Click here to check it out

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Art First, Productivity, Filming, You-Tubing, Social Media And More. Bacon Bits - Episode 3 - YouTube
 A day in the studio with painthog.

In this episode of Bacon Bits I will take you on a journey of what my day is like in the studio. Being a full time artist means creating art, selling art, teaching art, managing websites, social media and more.

To keep up with it all I will share thoughts on why art comes first, staying organized, filming tutorials, successful you tube-ing, social media branding and more.

I hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching.

Teaching websites

Visit painthog where you can access premium paint loose courses for as low as $1 per month. -

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

Visit SkillShare to check out all the awesome courses for painting with acrylics, watercolor and mixed media.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT SKILLSHARE

Join painthog on youtube

I would love to have you as a new subscriber. Please visit the link below to visit the youtube channel.

CLICK HERE to view YouTube channel

Swatches created with limited palette.

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Explore expressive brushwork techniques with the most neglected brush ever, great coffee and more. - YouTube
 Plus discover how to explore brushes and my secret to awesome coffee.

So, why is it no one loves the fan brush? I know some of you probably own one but do you really use it to its potential?

In this episode of Bacon Bits you will see why I think this brush is underused and neglected by most. Here's what's included in the video;

My secret to an amazing cup of coffee
  1. The most unloved brush on the planet

  2. An exercise that will teach you how to explore the fan brush (it works for any brush)

  3. A quick look at the fan brush in action

No morning is complete without yummy coffee

If you are a coffee drinker and love it as much as I do then you should seriously consider the French press. Once you do it's possible you will never go back to the traditional coffee pot.

  • It all starts with quality whole beans

  • Grind it but don't overdo it. Too fine and you will have sludge in the bottom of your cup and that's just yucky.

  • Add grounds to French press

  • Add boiling water

  • Be sure to give it a good stir

  • Put on the press lid but don't press it!

  • Wait 4-5 minutes

  • Press it

  • Pour and enjoy!

So, what's the most neglected brush on the planet?

The fan brush! And for those that do own one they probably only use it for the obvious and that's just boring. Here's why you should own one and use it on every painting.

  • There are three unique sides that all create their own distinct mark(s).

  • You can paint large areas using the broad side

  • Paint expressive marks with the tip of the bristles

  • Add details and thinner strokes using the sides

  • Not many brushes have this type of flexibility. And it's not uncommon to create entire paintings with only a fan.

Try this exercise for getting to know your brushes.

Check out what the fan brush can do

Below is the demo painting where the fan brush was used to its potential. The fan brush is pretty incredible when you think about how versatile it can be.

Expressive landscape created with fan brush.

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