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CT-2022-
How the beauty of Cape Town can change your life
Visiting Cape Town can change your life. Estimated reading time: 8 minutes I never lived in Cape Town, but I wish I had. Growing up in South Africa meant I got to visit many times, and if I was...
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How to take a Sketch further with Mixed Media
So I have a sketch … Creating a quick charcoal sketch is one thing. But then what? How do you develop it further using mixed media? You may have watched some of the sketches I’ve been...
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Ecstasy charcoal sketch by Colleen Kastner
How to Cash In on Drawing Video Addiction
Why are drawing videos so addictive? Why are drawing videos so addictive and how can I cash in and benefit from watching? Certain online activities captivate us in ways that can best described as addictive....
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A Little Green Parrot called Peanut.
The Ungrateful Peanut The first time I saw Peanut he was lying motionless in the middle of a road in the suburban neighborhood where I live. Like an oddly green leaf among a drift of brown and gold,...
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How About A French Artist Date in Manhattan?
A Journey to Fill My Cup I took the train into Manhattan last weekend for the first time since we moved to Connecticut. The air was cold with expected snowfall, and we were bundled in coats, scarves,...
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2024-01-01 12.12
Fun Quick Sketches to Watch
Sharing my Sketches I’ve been sharing my daily charcoal portrait sketches on Instagram and my YouTube channel. Have you seen them? They are far from perfect and certainly no great works of art, but...
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How to make Organic Fire Starters
Learn a simple way to make the cutest Organic Fire Starters I have always loved a crackling log fire whether they’re outdoors in our backyard, on safari in the wilds of Africa, a cozy room at home...
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Drunken Elephants + Snapshots from a South African Safari
Snapshots from one of my favorite places – a game reserve in South Africa. colleenkastnerart.com One of the things I miss most about South Africa Travel, and going on safari...
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How to tell when your Painting is Finished
So, how do you know a painting is finished? This will look different for different artists depending on their styles and methods of working.
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Painting the messy middle of a painting
How to Paint Through the "Messy Middle" of a Painting
Have you heard of the messy middle? There are endless ways to begin a painting but often what gives artists the most difficulty is pushing through what’s sometimes called the ‘messy middle.’...
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2023-04-03-13.35
Some Favorite Ways to Begin a New Painting
I have several favorite ways to begin a new painting and I’ll explore a few of in the next few videos. One of my favorites is to use a chunky piece of soft charcoal and just begin making lines and shapes. Actually,...
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Preparing for a large Commission
You love my work enough to commission a painting from me? Excellent! But commissions are often a complicated subject for artists. They can be difficult simply because they put constraints on the creative...
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2023-06-16-14.15
Painting out the box
Painting out the box: From the beginning this painting refused to stay within the borders of the birchwood board I was painting on. I had a feeling this was coming so I taped a piece of blank wallpaper...
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Unusual Ways of Drawing People that will make you Stop and Stare!
Continuing my exploration into drawing and painting the female figure and head, and trying to find unique and original ways of doing this, I have been taking lessons from UK artist, Emily Ball. She has...
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2023-04-21-14.15
Part 3 & 4 of my 3 Paintings Series
PART 3 AND PART 4: Watch as I continue working on my “3 Paintings” series with mixed media on birch wood panels. I use a limited palette of acylic paint beginning with Paynes Grey and white....
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2022-04-12-12.11
A Side Trip to Munich
How I lost my taste for non-stop flights: Munich in April is a flower market dream I discovered on a side trip en route to South Africa last year. When I was looking at cost effective flights from...
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2022-04-05-14.18
A Week in April
Comparison is a killer – and so is underestimating time … This month I planned a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. For those of you who don’t already...
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2023-03-26-08.35
Sharing Secrets
I love to watch artists working whether it’s in real life or videos on Instagram or You Tube. I find it addicting to see their vision gradually come to life before my eyes. So, I thought it would be fun...
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2022-05-20 08.35
Rejection - A Poem
Kitchen scent of roasted garlic, Silverware and white dishes Glow in the last of a candle, Flickering like the television That shouldn’t be on. Fresh floral sheets on a single bed, Crisp...
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2022-06-02-15.15
Studio Rituals
My new studio in Connecticut is attached to the garage – a separate structure from our home. I have an air-blow heater that keeps the temperature just high enough to stop my supplies from freezing...
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2021-05-29-16.39
Nature Walks
Creativity is not just about “Art” with a capital “A” – it can be about your whole life as a canvas just waiting to be transformed into a beautiful work of art! This is how...
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2022-04-20 11.12
South Africa
Travel, nature, fellow artists and other creatives and all the lovely places and spaces I find inspiration for my life and art.
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2022-06-02-14.10
Studio Playtime
Lots to come here including art tutorials and daily rituals, studio playtime, work in progress, shows and exhibitions, completed works and studio moments.
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CT-2022-
How the beauty of Cape Town can change your life
264B4C63-28C8-4A2E-92FA-465C27FB2AF5
How to take a Sketch further with Mixed Media
Ecstasy charcoal sketch by Colleen Kastner
How to Cash In on Drawing Video Addiction
Peanut1
A Little Green Parrot called Peanut.
IMG_7487
How About A French Artist Date in Manhattan?
2024-01-01 12.12
Fun Quick Sketches to Watch
fireside-1
How to make Organic Fire Starters
the-girls
Drunken Elephants + Snapshots from a South African Safari
Studio journal 4 of 4 -17
How to tell when your Painting is Finished
Painting the messy middle of a painting
How to Paint Through the "Messy Middle" of a Painting
2023-04-03-13.35
Some Favorite Ways to Begin a New Painting
IMG_3170
Preparing for a large Commission
2023-06-16-14.15
Painting out the box
Emily-Ball-Show-1
Unusual Ways of Drawing People that will make you Stop and Stare!
2023-04-21-14.15
Part 3 & 4 of my 3 Paintings Series
2022-04-12-12.11
A Side Trip to Munich
2022-04-05-14.18
A Week in April
2023-03-26-08.35
Sharing Secrets
2022-05-20 08.35
Rejection - A Poem
2022-06-02-15.15
Studio Rituals
2021-05-29-16.39
Nature Walks
2022-04-20 11.12
South Africa
2022-06-02-14.10
Studio Playtime