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  • Color Theory Inspired by Birds
    #495 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in today! I appreciate all of the support! Today we are going to be taking a very close look at birds for color theory, and comparing them to famous photos and paintings. Doing this will allow us to learn and be inspired by Mother Nature. Connecting the dots […]

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Golden Ratio in Art: Parthenon and Euan Uglow [Techniques]

#482 The golden ratio is more than just a number. It’s a powerful tool that artists have used for centuries to create beautiful proportions within their art. Yes, it’s a number that can help us in some ways, especially when it comes to dynamic symmetry, but the art doesn’t have to conform to a spiral
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David Teniers Using Phi Calipers

359/365 Well, today we have a fun look at David Teniers The Younger who uses his Phi Calipers like a master. Just looking at his painting you’ll see a nice harmony, movement, and placement of objects within his design. The phi calipers are used as a tool in art to introduce the harmonic proportions predominantly found in nature....

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Phi Caliper Giveaway

190/365 Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce the first giveaway from the Canon of Design, and it’s a doozy! You have a chance to win this beautifully crafted pair of awesome Phi calipers with a brushed metal finish, and cool stained wooden sliding case. Yes, no artists toolbox is complete without a pair of these!

Golden Ratio and Mona Lisa [Art Techniques]

171/365 Welcome back everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a golden ratio (phi caliper) analyzation, so here we go. If you have ever heard of them being used on the Mona Lisa painting by Leonard da Vinci, then you heard right. He used them all over the place. In fact, I’m sure there
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Donald Duck and the Golden Section

167/365 Welcome back everyone! Yes, I know what you’re thinking…”Donald Duck??” Sure, why not. This is a pretty informative and entertaining cartoon on the Golden Section and other mathematical applications throughout arts of all kinds....

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Share the Secrets of Design with Myron Barnstone

120/365 As some of you may know, my mentor Myron Barnstone, announced his soft retirement recently (He’ll still be teaching to select students from his home). I moved from Hawaii in May 2013 to come and study with him, where I was fortunate enough to squeeze in two semesters. January 18th, 2014 Myron did his
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Get Familiar with Your Photographic Environment

119/365 Hey everyone, how’s the art and designing going so far? Any troubles, let me know and I’ll try to help out. Much love for all of the continued support!...

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One or Many Focal Points in Art?

109/365 Hello everyone, welcome back, and thanks for all of the support so far. Much love! So, we ask the big question today. Should a photo, movie scene, or painting only have one focal point? Ever since I found this BLOG asking the question, I had to dig deeper into the subject. At first thought I was thinking...

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Art from Intuition

108/365 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in again. I really hope everyone is getting some use out of the material throughout this blog. Keep showing the love because it’s much appreciated! Ok, so let’s get into it… If you want to see the difference between understanding design principles and doing art solely on intuition,...

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Edward Weston Quote on Photography Composition

106/365 Edward Weston was a well known photographer who lived 1886-1958. Most of his remarkable work is of abstract nudes. I found a quote by him that I thought was worth mentioning, and when I did more research, I discovered a video that was worth sharing....

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