How & Where You Can Save Money on Painting Supplies

I've found several students finding ways to cut down on the cost of painting. I want to tell you of some things [...]

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Plein air umbrella, not for me

I told all of you to keep in mind the last painting that I created which was in the shade, both my painting [...]

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How to Paint Looser and Juicier

I receive emails from artists telling me they want to learn to paint looser and with more paint. We all start painting tight, [...]

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Using Shapes to Construct Your Scene

The shapes of the scene need to be viewed as if looking through a gauze curtain. This would make it hard to focus [...]

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Use Values To Create Strong Compositions

Values or tones are the relative lightness and darkness of colors with the color removed. It has nothing to do with color. [...]

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How Do You Know When Your Painting Is Done?

This has been a universal question of many artists from beginner to advanced. If you look back in art history, you can see [...]

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Abstracts, Are There Rules?

I've got a pet peeve about abstracts! Abstracts are not just a feeling or paint thrown on a canvas. Some of you may [...]

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Problems You May Encounter Painting in Plein Air

The number one problem I hear beginning plein air artists talk about  is that they feel overwhelmed by what they see. How do [...]

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Brush Sizes to Use, Resist the Little Brushes!

Whether you are painting with a bristle brush of soft-haired brush: With your paint thinned with solvent , sketch in the main shapes [...]

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What is Negative Space?

Today as I was driving to the mall to buy a couple new outfits (an event in itself, I'm not a clothes horse), [...]

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