Do you enjoy a good art book during your downtime from painting? That is probably a big YES! Artists love to read about other artists, get inspiration or learn about new techniques. Maybe it has something to do with the individualistic nature of painting. We love to have private time to reflect and think about creativity. With that in mind and the coming holiday season, I compiled a list of books from my library. See if you want to add any of these titles to your library.
Who can resist painting an Autumn scene? I am sure that most landscape painters have tried it. Warm reds, deep yellows and orange hues make for a tempting subject. These scenes look simple at first, but prove to be a challenge to get them to read correctly. Add in reflections over a lake and the problems are multiplied. In this article I want to create an Autumn scene with rich colors and reflections that convey the idea of serenity. Not overstated and not photo-realistic either.
Do you enjoy paging through art books? Looking at top quality photos of paintings can be soothing to the soul. Inspirational too. Plus you can learn something about the artist's process or approach to painting. Yes, we love art books! I have a bookcase full of them and they are precious to me. Now I am happy to announce the release of my first coffee table art book. Learn more about it below.
We love Impressionist painting! That color, light, brushwork and so satisfying depictions of everyday scenes. No wonder so many artists want to learn that loose, Impressionist style. In this article and tutorial you will learn seven important techniques the Impressionists like to use. Adapt these techniques and practice them to give your paintings that loose and Impressionist feel.
How to start and grow your art business? In this episode of How to Loosen Up Your Painting Podcast my guest, Fiona Valentine, provides excellent tips for creative entrepreneurs. From planning to taking the first steps into your full time art business, Fiona's wealth of knowledge will help you. Jump in to this value packed episode.
By Malcolm Dewey, Professional artist and teacher
Are you tired of your paintings looking tight, lifeless and lacking the spark you were aiming for? This is very likely due to overworking your painting. In this article and video tutorial I'm going to show you a few tips and tricks that should be able to help you solve this problem. A few ideas and techniques you can pull out of thin air when you're really struggling to get your painting looking fresh and vibrant.
Do you want to loosen up your painting style? Are you looking for something more expressive that is not so tight and lifeless? In this article you will see two Impressionist paintings of the same scene. One more traditional and the other more expressive. Both are loose and painterly. This variety of tyle and approach makes loosening up your painting exciting and rewarding.
Watch the video demonstrations then try out the paintings for yourself.
How can artists value themselves outside of the prevailing system? In Part 2 of my interview with Michaell Magrutsche we discuss the true value of artists and creative people. Start with our value as creative humans. Fail there and you remain stuck within the "system" and always trying to compete and fit in.
Watch the podcast recording.
Why is is so difficult to create rich, vibrant color in paintings? Beginners especially struggle with this mostly because of one big problem. How to handle transparent and opaque colors. In this lesson we take a look at this issue and I will show you an easy technique to give your colors and paintings a boost.
Are you feeling stuck? Lacking creative inspiration? If so, then this article is for you. It is normal to hit a dry spell in your artistic life. There are ways to help yourself bounce back. Sometimes it can take longer. Other times you get your creative mojo back easier. In this article you will learn about eight great ways to get your creative drive back again. Let us get started.