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Hints ‘n’ Tips
The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

Somewhere along the continuum of creativity and craftsmanship there is a point where the two intersect harmoniously and unpretentiously in a natural rhythm that is difficult to achieve. Point X can’t be forced and yet, can only be reached through a bravado of execution that requires courage to fail as well as to succeed. The...

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Art Year Resolutions

Art Year Resolutions

As a planner and goal-setter in all aspects of my life, including art creation and marketing, I’m afraid I may overdo it. I fear that too much planning and scheduling may leave one blind to those serendipitous opportunities that could enhance creativity, not to mention joy of living. But without a vision and goals for...

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Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

During the Centennial Valley Arts Celebration, an event co-sponsored by 15 Bytes, a number of Utah artists braved an early winter storm to explore southern Montana’s Centennial Valley. Our regular Hints & Tips columnist John Hughes was on-hand as a workshop instructor, providing artists who have read his column for years the opportunity to try...

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John Hughes's Summer Excursions

John Hughes’s Summer Excursions

From staying in a cozy room in bucolic Spring City, to backpacking in the Tetons, plein air painter John Hughes tells us what he did on his summer vacation.

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Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

 Occasionally someone will say to me, “I can’t draw a stick figure.” The intended meaning is that they have no artistic talent. This may be true or not, but the real reason is most likely they don’t have the desire to learn or have not been instructed properly. The principles of linear drawing can all...

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Organizing Your Plein Air Gear

Organizing Your Plein Air Gear

Summer’s coming so it’s time to get your plein air gear together. John Hughes gives you hints (and photographs to match) on how to organize your gear to make the best of your time in the field. Read the article in the May 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.

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John Hughes Paints a Snow Scene

John Hughes Paints a Snow Scene

John Hughes has been writing for our Hints & Tips column for over three years now, providing advice on everything from painting in the snow to choosing an easel to how to get out of an artist rut. We decided it was finally time to see him in action. So in January, while the valley...

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Hints ‘n’ Tips: Positive and Negative Space

Hints ‘n’ Tips: Positive and Negative Space

John Hughes discusses using positive and negative space to give objects in your paintings full shape.

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The Consultant’s Perspective

The Consultant’s Perspective

Sue Martin discusses art and presentation with art consultant Janet Hill.

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Critiquing Your Own Paintings

Critiquing Your Own Paintings

Critiques are interesting animals; some are big and hairy while others are small and cuddly. Like judging in an art competition, they are all dependent on the artistic paradigm of the person doing the critique. Sometimes the best critiques are the simplest ones, like when my wife Teresa walks into my studio and says, “I...

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Travis Tanner on Making a Good Presentation

Travis Tanner on Making a Good Presentation

In his new Salt Lake City location Travis Tanner, owner of Tanner Frames, talks with Sue Martin on Making a Good Presentation.

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Judging Values at the Beginning

Judging Values at the Beginning

When starting a painting, it is important that the first few values get put down on the canvas correctly before any other brushstrokes are recorded. When choosing a first value, the artist must have a standard to choose from. In other words, just any value won’t do. That is why many artists choose a particular...

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