Thursday, September 30, 2010

Practica 2-packs are back!

Great news, guys! The sought-after 2-Packs of Practica canvas are back and we have a million of them. Also, the 16"x20" and 18"x24" sizes will be on sale for another couple months. Enjoy!

Practica 2-Packs


The Stacks

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Artist Jeremy Mayer (Oakland, CA) made this deer out of recycled typewriter parts. I know Austin is kind of a mecca for recycled & found object art, but I'm not sure that I've seen anything this stunning here (although my neighbor's front yard is a good effort). 

Also, he says that he doesn't "solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together- the process is entirely cold assembly," which to me makes it all the more impressive. Has anyone seen anything like this in Austin?

Deer III, Jeremy Mayer, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Raquel Aparicio

I'm in love with these beautiful pieces by Spanish illustrator Raquel Aparicio. Such a great use of watercolor/inks and washes.

Friday, September 24, 2010


In 2007, artist Kristopher Ho began a project inspired by paintings by the Japanese painter Naohisa Inoue. Kristopher's project has clearly taken off, becoming something pretty spectacular. Here are some examples of the world that he has imagined.

Check out the rest here!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shuichi Nakano is "Searching for Paradise"

Check out these incredible paintings by Japanese artist Shuichi Nakano.


Saturday, September 25

This Saturday, September 25th from 1 to 4pm, Mazarine Treyz will join us in the store to provide a free demo on encaustic painting. She will be demoing the crackle glaze technique, as well as the transfer technique. If you don't know about encaustics, now is the time to learn!

Mazarine has taught encaustic art since 2007. She is passionate about encaustic and has been the student of some of the top encaustic artists in the USA, including Jef Gunn, teacher at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Linda Womack, author of Embracing Encaustic. She has had encaustic shows in Portland, Oregon, and Texas. Mazarine is a member of International Encaustic Artists and a member of Texas Wax, a nonprofit serving the Encaustic community in Texas.

See more examples of her work at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


To follow up yesterday's post, here's another beautiful video making use of new technologies, but in this case an old and well-known one as well. A record player!

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Monday, September 20, 2010


One of the most interesting things about new technologies is the direction they take when creative people get their hands on them. Here's a pretty creative use for Apple's iPad:

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dana Brown Demo Photos

A few weeks ago, local artist Dana Brown graced us with an excellent demo on image transfers. These pictures just surfaced, so we thought we would share. Also, check out the new classroom at the store!

Dana Brown's demo

Dana Brown's demo

Dana Brown's demo


Friday, September 17

Tomorrow, Friday, September 17th from 10:00am to noon, Shelley Minnis, artist and fine art consumer specialist for Prismacolor, will showcase Prismacolor pencils, watercolor products and other artist materials, demonstrating various mediums and techniques. Shelley has worked with Prismacolor products exploring processes and techniques for the past 13 years.

Shelley has a BFA from the University of North Texas and taught art for 10 years. On a personal note, she has had the opportunity to create wall murals for clients, both commercial and private. Along with her art, she enjoys exercising, photography and traveling.

Prismacolor samples and doorprizes will be available!!! Don’t miss out!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Saturday, September 11

Please join us at the store this Saturday, Sept. 11th from 1:30 - 4pm for a special Figure Drawing demonstration lead by David Tenorio of the Cordovan Art School.

Figure drawing is one of the best "hands on" demos offered for those wishing to improve their drawing skills. Working from a live model, we will warm up with gesture drawings and then concentrate on a long pose. Let our award-winning artists help you see and understand the "rules" for drawing the human figure. The models will be clothed.

The demo is free, but we have a limited number of seats (only 15 - but overflow is welcome to stand by and watch), so make sure you register soon!

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