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Explore the Language of Color - Take Steps for Color Success!

One of the most important aspects of learning painting is color, it is about “seeing” and “reading” the properties of color. Knowing about the color wheel and understanding how colors relate to each other as they flow around the color wheel is only one aspect of learning color theory. That's just the tip of the [...]

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Surface Textures - Part I

Let’s take a look at the requirements for painting surface textures. Think about the following images and how they feel to the touch.What is the sensation? Is it rough, smooth, slick, wet, fuzzy, soft or hard? What tells you this? How do you know this? Is it because you've touched them before and are familiar [...]

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Why Oil Paint is a fantastic medium for painting!

Why Oil is a fantastic medium for painting! Because of its slow drying time oil makes it easy to blend colors with one another allowing you unlimited time to achieve incredible value changes and create wonderful depth and form. If you've wanted to give oil painting a try but don’t know where to begin you are not alone!You know [...]

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Selecting Your Paint Pigments

Selecting Your Pigments Based on the Method of PaintingWhen painting with fall colors this season, consider using all the beautiful warm transparent glazes to add extra color to the edges of fall leaves, flowers and foliage.Adjust the yellows and warm oranges, add depth to reds, and greens and punch up all your golden tones with [...]

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​The Artistic Journey - Striving for the Same Goals

The Artistic Journey - Striving for the Same GoalsBy Neadeen MastersHere's something to ponder...The internet and mostly facebook gave us a direct way to be in touch with a world stage of art and painting. This is great...Many of us have befriended some of the best in the art world, following and interacting with experienced [...]

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The Poinsettia Christmas Story

The Poinsettia Christmas StoryHave you ever wondered about the Poinsettia plant and why we only see it at the Holiday season? When I was growing up in Trinidad, the red and white Poinsettia was a common sight in most everyone's gardens on the island. At Christmas time, the blaze of red was everywhere and we [...]

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Top Tips for Painting Transparent Objects

Transparent objects like glass, water, and water drops are easy to paint when you understand how to create the illusion that the object is indeed transparent. Just like anything else we paint transparent objects need both light and dark values to create the three-dimensional form and effect.Color of Glass - There is no one color of paint that can be [...]

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Foundations for Success In Painting

Take the Steps to Building a Foundation for Success In PaintingRegardless of your personal tastes in art, laying down a strong artistic foundation is still the fastest and most beneficial way to succeed in painting. If you prefer painting landscapes, seascapes, florals or portraits, the same principles apply across all subjects.                [...]

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Critique My Artwork

Critiqueing Artwork and getting Opinions are two different things.EVERYONE has an opinion…and you know what they say about those!  Asking the untrained eye to critique artwork will often get you a personal ‘opinion’ based on prejudices and emotions. A good constructive evaluation is a different concept all together.  We should be careful when asking for one [...]

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Six BEST Tips for starting to Draw

Don’t start worrying before you’ve even tried drawing! 1. If you want to draw all you need to get started is your eyes, a hand steady enough to print your name legibly, a pencil, eraser and paper! Whether you think you have talent or feel certain that you don’t doesn’t matter at all! Drawing is not about talent! Now if by [...]

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