Lady in Black – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

Lady in Black – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas.  Created using oil pastels, ink and inktense pencils.  

Source: Lady in Black – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

Hatching and Cross Hatching

Cross hatching is a used by artists to add dimension and shadows to their art. The artistic technique used to add shadow and dimension to drawn objects. It involves filling a space with at least two sets of lines, with the second set crossing over the first to create a darker effect. You can use parallel lines to fill an area with tone. By varying the spacing and width (pressure) of the lines you can make areas darker or lighter.

If it takes multiple strokes to make a longer line, try leaving smaller irregular spaced gaps between one line and the next. If you overlap the strokes often you will make irregular blotches Irregular spaced gaps add a a different dimension to your technique.

Scribble Hatching is using various lines to fill in the gaps moving your writing tool in different movements (up, down, vertical, horizontally). You can overlap circles or squiggles. This creates a rough, loose texture. To darken, add more squiggles over the squiggles. Blur your eyes to find areas of uneven value and fill these with additional marks.

 Ink artists use cross hatching often in their art. You will also see it used in architectural designs.


As a new artist it is important to learn different brush strokes. This includes Pointillism This will help make your painting have texture and depth adding another dimension of fun to your art. (or even an experienced artist who has picked up the habitual pattern of using the same easy broad stroke should remember to disperse pointillism in their pieces)

So what is Pointillism?

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.

Georges Seurat and Paul Signac created this technique in 1886, moving away from Impressionism. The term “Pointillism” was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the these artists, but is now used readily by artists. The movement was started by Seurat and was called Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes. Pointillism is similar to color printers as the dots are printed on paper or canvas using only four colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The colors are not preblended but nozzles which are programmed know which color to apply for the final picture. Pointillism is very unlike traditional painting where the colors are mixed first on a pallet prior to applying or mixed on the canvas while colors are wet.

The majority of Pointillism had been done in oil paint. But any paint can be used as long as it does not run or bleed. Thicker paints are preferred.

George Seurat’s Pointillism of the Neoimpressionist Era
Ludovico Tommasi Divisionist

Use any of the photos on this page to try out Pointillism art. Remember to focus on fun! Focus on the journey of creating! It’s the creating something out of nothing and leaving all worries behind which is the challenge. If it feels hard, your trying to hard. Some artists use a big paint brush so that they won’t focus too much on details. Try this sometimes.

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When using photos as a reference for painting a picture, focus on having FUN. Focus on relaxing. Don’t worry about getting all the details and color matching perfect. This is judging yourself harshly. Perfect paintings come from experts who have been painting for years or professionally.

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Do you want to learn a hobby? Painting is a great hobby! You could turn your paintings into cell phone covers, t-shirts, mugs, just about anything now days.

Would you like to be creative? Creatives make stuff for the pure joy of hanging out and keeping busy at the same time.

Did you know painting for fun will relieve stress? Stress causes anxiety and depression. Science shows when your in the flow of creating your less critical.

Will you be willing to put your art on the walls to give a sense of calm and creativity in your home or office?

Featured in our local Gallery, Two Rivers Gallery

I decided to do a search of my name to see what pieces were being listed through the search engine algorithm and much to my surprised, I was being featured in the local newspaper and our local travel magazine. I was surprised since the gallery did not tell me that I was being featured. Nonetheless, here is a link to the announcement posted by Two Rivers Gallery in Chiloquin, OR. if you would like to check it out. And…here is one of the paintings that is at the gallery…Oil Pastels still life piece.

Don’t touch the flowers, they’ll die

Some new digital art I created from an original painting that was purchased. The original painting as an acrylic piece of several poppies. For this piece, I decided to give the flowers a 3D, metallic look. Prints are available for purchase in giclee canvas, acrylic, metallic or printed. Visit my Pictorem site for purchase, or to peruse other available pieces for sale.