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November 25 is Small Business Saturday

The Friday after Thanksgiving is well known as Black Friday, the time for getting a head start on your holiday shopping. But did you know that the following day, Saturday, November 26, has been dedicated to supporting small and local businesses?

We support the movement now known as “Small Business Saturday” as we work to try and grow the local economy. What can be purchased at a local boutique that would normally have been purchased at a box store? Where are the mom and pops that we can support?

Painting for Life has several great gift ideas, from blank journals to ribbons, to fantastic art prints that make great gifts ideas.

This “Small Business Saturday” we will be offering 25% off, all day long, of our entire inventory!

Simply type: small-business-saturday at checkout to participate.

And as an added bonus, a proceed from every purchase made on “Small Business Saturday” will go to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization dedicated to bringing Christmas to children around the globe.

Color comps: The key to good art

Below are five good reasons why one should create color comps in the same media as their final illustration or painting.

One mistake I used to make was doing my color comp in a medium other than the one I was going to use for the final illustration. But after looking at Rockwell’s color comps, and then trying it on my own, I came to realize the benefit of creating color comps in the medium of the final.

Some among us are uber talented and great color coordination just oozes out of them and they don’t have to worry so much about planning for color, because everything they do with color is perfect. My wife Cherish, is one of them. For the rest of us, color planning is crucial for making sure the final piece becomes something we can be proud of. (And even Cherish, though she doesn’t really need to do color comps, does them anyway, making her color choices even that much better!)

1) Different mediums produce different colors. You may do a gorgeous comp in pastels, only to realize that it’s next to impossible to recreate those same colors in acrylic paints.

2) The assumption is, you will be premixing your colors to do your comps. Thus, when you are ready to work on the final, the palette is already laid out for you.

3) Doing a color comp is sort of like stretching before exercising. It’s good to get warmed up in the medium you are going to be working in, before starting on the final.

4) Because comps force you to be loose and look at large shapes, this will only benefit you when you jump into the final. My biggest temptation is to zoom in immediately onto the details, which then takes me FOREVER to finish a piece. Doing the color comps before hand helps me to loosen up.

5) Doing a color comp is pretty much like doing the underpainting. So when you do start on your underpainting (and you should be doing underpaintings), you’ve already done it once before!

The piece included in this article was the color comp I finally ended up doing for my Iris of Hope for Joplin piece.

A Word About Rosie’s Ranch

I want to take the opportunity to use this post to highlight for you a very special place in Parker, Colorado. It’s called, “Rosie’s Ranch” and it is a place where children with oral language difficulties can come and learn about horses and the care of horses, while developing crucial life skills. A beautiful, remodeled facility awaits them, compliments in part by the constant hard labor of Noah Flieder, Eagle Scout.

Should you find yourself driving east of Main Street, Parker, Colorado, look them up and pay them a visit. Inside the ranch home, you may recognize some of the art hanging on the walls. Painting for Life has partnered with Rosie’s Ranch. Because Rosie’s Ranch is a nonprofit, they need your support to keep operational. Therefore, 30% of every artist print sold from the walls of Rosie’s Ranch goes back to the Ranch itself. It’s a great way to support your local charities and support your local art.

To read more about Rosie’s Ranch, click here.