Do you want to paint with more confidence? To paint looser and with expressive brushwork? If you are a fan of Impressionist painting, like the painting above by Claude Monet, then the answer will be an emphatic YES! But you cannot achieve these goals if you keep doing the same thing over and over. In this article I want to introduce you to the alla prima painting technique as a way to make a breakthrough in your painting.
How often have you asked yourself how you can improve your painting quickly? What are the secrets of professional artists? Why is it so difficult to make improvements to your painting? If you have had these thoughts then you are in good company. I was no different. It took me ages to figure my way through the maze of information. Then it clicked for me. Over the years I have been teaching the exact lessons I learned.
I call this the Language of Painting. In this article and free video lesson I will explain it all to you too. Join me.
Painting trees and foliage is a torment for beginner artists. Just the other day I was talking (online naturally) to an artist on this topic. She was struggling with how to paint trees and bushes. So often we cannot see the subtle nature of trees. Painting trees reminds me of painting portraits. There are as many, if not more, shape and color variations in a tree as compared to a human portrait.
So I created a full length painting demonstration that includes trees, bushes and light to help you with this subject.
Many artists want to loosen up their painting style. A loose and painterly approach to creating paintings in an impressionist style is highly desirable. But to get that loose and expressive style can be very difficult. In this article I am going to give you my number one tip for changing a tight style to a loose one.
Ready to change?
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.
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.
Is your painting’s success being frittered away with fiddly details? You may recognize the reference to Henry David Thoreau’s famous quote. “Our life is frittered away by detail”, he said. Instead we should simplify, simplify. I could not help thinking how on point that statement is for artists too. How often has a strong painting composition been overworked with little brush marks and excessive details.
In this article and demonstration I am going to show you how to simplify a landscape into shapes and color. Take a look.
Is two better than one? In the world of mixed media it usually is and my favorite mixed media combination is watercolor and pastels. In this article I will show you a ten step approach to painting a light filled painting in watercolor and pastels. There is also a slideshow of each step to help you.
Let's get started.
Is a work in pastels a drawing or a painting? I have come across this debate many times. It depends and I tend to leave it at that. Are you doing a line drawing or are you applying layers of color? The latter would be a painting as far as I’m concerned. In a recent work it struck me that the techniques I was using reminded me of painting. Except I was using a dry pigment instead of wet. Aside from that difference I was going about it in the same way as a painting.
In this article and video I am going to demonstrate how you can paint a beach scene using a few pastel techniques.