Underpainting with acrylics for oil paintings

Underpainting with acrylic paint can save you time, but give you the same advantage as using oils. Of course, oils and acrylics don't mix. [...]

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How to Paint Realistic Rocks With Form

Today as I was painting on my 4'x5' canvas a painting of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, I was asked about the colors in [...]

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Easy Tips For Better Paintings

Composition Elements of a Painting As I paint I try to keep in mind that a strong, interesting painting is strengthened by the [...]

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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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How to Adapt to Changing Light in Plein Air Painting

Have you ever wondered what to paint first and how to get it all when the light is changing so quickly while you [...]

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What is the Color Harmony of the Scene?

Look at the scene you are about to paint. Is there a color that dominates? What color do you see more than others? [...]

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Experimentation and Pushing Myself When Painting

Experimentation - Beginning Painting Recently, I received an email asking me several questions about my painting, supplies and process. I thought I [...]

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Successful Plein Air Painting – 13 Steps Before You Start

I started painting outdoors in the late 80's and I have learned a few things for successful plein air painting that are [...]

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