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Successful Artists Learn Concepts and Principles

Successful Artists Learn Concepts and PrinciplesAfter a recent conversation with a student, it was evident that she was missing the point of what it takes to become a proficient painter. She selected her classes based only on subject rather than the learning outcome. After a lengthy discussion, and explaining the huge benefits of learning a [...]

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It's Time to talk Value!

Value is a fundamental painting concept!In the last newsletter we discussed under paintings and how they are used. One of the important factors for a successful under-painting is the concept of value. One of the types of under paintings is the gray value under painting, painted with shades of gray paint. This is called a [...]

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Seeing Green - The Color that Makes Artists Crazy!

Does the Color Green Make you Crazy?The Color Green is one of those colors that can make or break our paintings, especially Landscape Paintings. I see you shaking your heads in agreement! A thousand shades, intensities, hues, tints and temperatures of this color can be found in nature, all put there to make the world [...]

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Learning Painting - It's about the Architecture of Objects.

Learning Painting A while back someone said to me, “I admire the fact that you are not afraid to tackle any subject” The lady was referring to the fact that I paint wildlife, birds, landscape, seascapes, flowers, marine creatures, still life and several other genres. My response to her was this, “Having a good understanding of [...]

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Become A Better Painter

Building a Foundation for Success in Painting makes a Better Painter.We all want to become a better painter, even the beginning artist strives for personal best. We all want to find success in painting. Regardless of our personal tastes in art, laying down a strong artistic foundation is still the fastest and most beneficial way [...]

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Top Tips for Creating An Artist's Garden

Top Tips for Creating An Artist's GardenBy Neadeen MastersAre you wanting to get outside and get your hands dirty with fresh soil, new plantings and make ready for the warmth of summer? Well you're not alone...If you love gardening AND you love painting, how about creating an artist's garden? Not too hard to do, but [...]

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For The love of painting whimsy!

Yes, we like nonsense and the love of painting whimsy!Whimsical worlds can be born from a simple theme, the seasons of the year and holidays, mythological stories or beliefs or purely from our own imaginations. However the artist wishes to portray their ideas, they still draw on artistic know how. While the artist who paints [...]

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Inspiration - Isn't the Real Subject of Our Work Light?

Inspiration - Isn't the Real Subject of Our Work Light?           The blank canvas is a powerful object. It can spur one’s imagination and turn the brush into a thing of creative delight! It can also fill us with feelings of white terror...and leave us as blank as the canvas itself! We [...]

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Painting Techniques - Expand your Expertise!

How we apply paint to the surface is called a painting technique. These include the basic skills at the start of the journey. We are taught to use a knife or brush to pick up paint and make a mark on the surface. The desired result determines how we make the mark and WHAT painting [...]

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​Painting Surface Textures - Part II

Many artists love working with texture...In fact, it is said that Rembrandt painted with so much texture, his portraits could be picked up by the nose! In the last newsletter we discussed visual texture...Today let's discuss relief texture, which would be anything that is raised up from the surface of the art work.Examples of relief [...]

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