Color is a constant torment and joy said Claude Monet. What artist could disagree? If you paint as a hobby or strive for professional success it makes no difference. The quest for beautiful color applies to every artist. It is the single unifying quality beyond subject, concept or genre. We must find our way with color.
With this in mind I have prepared a compilation of all my best color tips, recipes, advice and videos to help you with your color mixing quest. Dive in and find out how to make your colors sing.
In this article I want to share a few important lessons that might help you if you are struggling to get your art business off the ground. We can all agree that economics right now are a complete mess. We have zero faith in leaders to solve things too. Complaining will not help because that has been going on for a long time. If you are working on your art business then you need to get one thing clear. It is called focus. Only you can get it.
Here is how to get your focus back.
You may have been wondering whether it's worth your while to start painting with gouache. After all, gouache does not have the star power of oil paints or watercolor. However gouache has many characteristics that make it suitable and even ideal for every artist to take up. In this article I will take a closer look at the characteristics of gouache paint and also how to start your first painting. Let's begin .
What are oil painting mediums and should you be using them? In this article I will be explaining what oil painting mediums to use and when to use them. Also sharing a few recipes for making your own painting and glazing medium. Be sure to watch the in depth video too. Let’s dive into the mysterious world of oil paint mediums.
How many people resolve to get fitter in the New Year? I'm guessing a lot. Maybe you too? I know that I did resolve to exercise regularly from January onwards. Guess what happened?
What is the number one challenge facing creatives right now and how to get back on track in 2020? I take a broad look at what is working for me and suggest a few things you can try out in the New Year. From creating more art and selling your art. Let's take a close look!
Every artist has a favorite way to start a painting. This is part of the creative process and it is honed down over years of practice. But how many beginners focus on making a good start to their paintings? Most beginners focus on the ending and hope that the painting is good for framing. Instead I want to encourage you to focus on the start with these simple four steps.
There is also an infographic to download that will help you in your studio. Let’s get started.
Do your paintings look flat and lifeless? Do you struggle to visualise your painting from a photograph? Do you need to see another artist's work to get ideas for your paintings? If you cannot confidently transform your painting ideas into something beautiful on canvas you are not alone.
This article will help you escape from being stuck to creating paintings with life, light and that are unique to you. Read on.
Do you want to improve your painting quickly? You can with plein air painting. Even if you are unsure about plein air you will learn so much from this approach. To make your outdoor painting easier I am going to give you top painting tips. There is a fun video showing you around the Karoo area where I painted recently painted plein air.
Plus a link to my Free Plein Air Painting Guide. Let's dive in!
Do you find it difficult to use thick paint? Does the thought of textured brush marks make you nervous? This article and video lesson is all about using thick paint without fear. It is about breaking away from flat, blended painting surfaces. Painting in a generous, impressionistic manner.