Entries by Ans Taylor

Passion Prey: flamenco, passion and turmoil

It started rather harmlessly, with me wanting to paint the powerful body language of a Flamenco dancer. I had seen a presentation as a child in Spain, and the passion in her movements made a lasting impression. But while I was still doing research on famous flamenco dancers and watched old black and white flamenco […]

The birds and bees or where does your art come from?

Anytime we admire somebody’s work of art, we wonder how the artwork came into being. There’s the layers of paint and the arrangement and composition of the motive, which by themselves are already fascinating enough. But then there’s also the aspect of why the artist chose the subject, and if the artwork in question has […]

Countercultural! Rebellion in art?

I want to introduce a painting that was formed out of some experiences I made over the last two years. The specific impulse came when I was browsing online and came across a contemporary painting of a half dressed human. While (in my book) the naked human form in its intriguing complexity is a beautiful […]

Portrait Studio tips

One of the highlights of my week is painting at the Portrait Studio at Mountain Artist Guild. Every Friday morning a group of artists is arranging their easels, oil paints, watercolors, or charcoal pads around a live model, who will sit on the lighted pedestal for some hours. There’s some classical music in the background, […]

Becoming an ‘Oil Painter of America’! ;)

Did you make a number of plans for the new year? I certainly have a huge (and pretty detailed!) list of accomplishments I am aiming for this year. It will be a busy and exciting year, and you will be able to follow the progress on this blog (sign up for my newsletter!). The first […]

It’s all about oil!

Hey there again, if you have been following me on instagram (@anstaylorart), you might have noticed that there’s a lot of oil painting going on lately. I have been taking oil portrait classes since fall, and have recently visited a figurative oil painting studio group (painting live from a model), which I plan to be […]

Kid’s art this Saturday at BLOOM boutique

Sat Dec 2nd, 11-4 pm: Join us for our Art Saturday at the BLOOM family Boutique in the Prescott mall! I’ll bring my local Prescott Xmas cards, kid‘s cards, prints and some original art, along with my easel and an oil-painting in process :) Watch and ask questions, and get yourself some unique Christmas gifts […]

Best Of Show for Pharaoh’s Horses!

I really couldn’t believe it, my painting ‘Pharaoh’s Horses…Gone West’ was awarded the Best of Show price in the Fall For the Arts exhibition of the Prescott Valley Art Guild! :) This made my weekend! I was quite speechless about this honor – and very motivated to go on slinging paint! :) Thank you so […]