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Intuition, Emotion and Expressiveness in Watercolor

Intuition, Emotion and Expressiveness in Watercolor

Intuition, Emotion and Expressiveness in #Watercolor Stir the Emotions! Thomas Schaller’s watercolor paintings alone are enough to stir emotion in the viewer. But add to that his journey, and you’ll have a new level of appreciation for what he brings to the table. Schaller is one of our featured artist-instructors, and his story inspires me to want to paint, explore and mostly live an artful life. Enjoy his work, his words of wisdom and his ... Read More »

Paint Atmosphere Using These Five Secrets

Paint Atmosphere Using These Five Secrets

As a landscape painter in the United Kingdom, artist Oliver J. Pyle is engaged by the idea of atmosphere and how it relates to painting, using #watercolor. Read on to uncover Pyle’s five secrets for creating compelling scenes and atmosphere that have the power to capture the viewer’s eye — and heart. Enjoy! The Evocative Landscape Corfe Castle and Beyond (20×28.5)   I love the landscape and everything about it. And, watercolor allows me to make my ... Read More »

10 Tips for Mapping Out the Figure

10 Tips for Mapping Out the Figure

Don&8217;t Get Lost in Figure Drawing The mapping out stage of a figure drawing is crucial, whether it stays in your sketchbook or eventually lead to a final painting. It’s vital to consider the small individual shapes you see and also how those shapes line up with other parts of the body. Artist Vincent Giarrano shares his tips for mapping out the figure so that you have a step-by-step process to get you to a finished ... Read More »

Foliage is the Cherry On Top of Your Landscape Paintings

Foliage is the Cherry On Top of Your Landscape Paintings

Spruce Up Your Landscape Paintings Regardless of the season, adding foliage effects can take your landscape paintings to the next level of success. And, when it comes to seasonal foliage, I love it all. I am equally entranced by the lively greens of spring and summer foliage as I am with the rich oranges, golds and browns of fall and early winter. Although, perfecting the colors of the seasonal foliage you are trying to portray ... Read More »

The Power of Suggestion

The Power of Suggestion

Understanding how to paint form–often without line&8211;is the way to create without bogging down in detail in pastel landscape painting. Painting What You See in a Pastel Landscape The power of suggestion is a strong tool in the hands of an artist. For example, when a landscape painting is viewed, visual bits and pieces are processed and assembled into a recognizable image by the viewer. But not all that visual information has to literally be ... Read More »

Canvas Painting 101: Everything You Need to Know to Ensure Success

Canvas Painting 101: Everything You Need to Know to Ensure Success

Canvas Painting for Beginners Sample painting by Johannes Vloothuis   In a previous blog I discussed the different grades of watercolor paper so, in all fairness to the other mediums, this art supplies tutorial will give insight on how to prepare your canvas for the opaque mediums: oil, acrylic and pastel. In leading art stores you will find already manufactured canvases and canvas boards. Some are very costly, such as linen ($20 for a 12- ... Read More »

How Real Magic Gets On Canvas

How Real Magic Gets On Canvas

Acrylic Paint Brushes, Layers & More Get You to the Sweet Spot Neighborhood scenes have been the main focus of Nina Davidowitz’s artwork for nearly 15 years. “I’m fascinated with the geometric shapes of houses and buildings contrasted with their natural surroundings—shrubs, lawns and woods,” she says. &8220;Sometimes nature is also geometric, as when we “sculpt” our shrubs.&8221; Davidowitz starts her paintings by sketching the composition onto the canvas in pencil. &8220;I then proceed around ... Read More »

A Ruby Glow — Glazing Secrets from Vermeer to Rembrandt

A Ruby Glow — Glazing Secrets from Vermeer to Rembrandt

Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino by Peter Paul Rubens, oil painting. Modern Oil Painting Needs an Old Master&8217;s Boost: Glazing “Just as we can look deep within a ruby so can we look deep within a skillful glaze.” Powerful words from Michael Wilcox but he knows that of which he speaks–and delivers! The author of a gorgeous book simply titled, Glazing, Wilcox offered us this excerpt that gives an historical account of the Old Master skill that every ... Read More »

A Painter’s Hat Trick for Perspective–Plus One

A Painter’s Hat Trick for Perspective–Plus One

Painting with Perspective | Techniques Used to Accentuate Depth It’s always good to know a guru. In my life, I have a guru for music (my friend Farrah, who keeps me posted on the latest tunes), a guru for house “stuff” (the dad), and even a guru for Mexican food (gurus can be very niche). Richard McKinley and Johannes Vloothuis are definitely two gurus for us artists. Here, McKinley qualifies for the status by showing ... Read More »

Basic Drawing Techniques: Draw a Compelling Still Life in 5 Steps

Basic Drawing Techniques: Draw a Compelling Still Life in 5 Steps

There’s no better time than now to perfect your drawing skills. Begin with this basic still life drawing lesson from Steven Levin and The Artist’s Magazine. Then, check out the instructional video, Top 10 #Art Techniques: Pencil Drawing, to learn key methods to start honing your pencil drawing skills. it includes a review of drawing tools, tips on proportion and perspective, and line-work techniques from expert artists, such as: Lee Hammond Grant Fuller Mark Menendez ... Read More »

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