Are you looking for top quality acrylic paint? In this article I'm comparing professional and student grade acrylics. More specifically one of the top brands, Golden Heavy Body acrylics. Plus there is a full demonstration video for you to see the acrylic paints in action. Do these heavy body acrylics provide a real alternative to oils?
Composition is critically important. Picking the right subject and then deciding what to do with it will make the difference between successful paintings and flops. So taking your time with assessing the subject and then deciding on the format cannot be wished away. In this article I will introduce you to the principles of design. Then demonstrate how I compose a painting from a photograph.
Snow is a fascinating painting subject. In theory the colour of snow is white, however in real life it is anything but. Snow has the ability to reflect different kinds of light and creates wonderful shadows. Snow shows off natural landscape features in a mysterious and exciting way. If you want to see your landscape transformed, wait for the snow fall and a magical new landscape is created overnight. Snow has long fascinated artists and they are many examples of how artists have interpreted this enigmatic subject.
In this lesson I want to focus on two particular kinds of light which you will typically find in most situations. I will discuss the colours that are appropriate in such landscapes and how you can open up your creativity and expressiveness when facing these landscapes. Let's Begin
Gouache paint continues to grow in popularity. Many beginners over recent years have taken up gouache paint as a friendly opaque medium. Also many experienced artists are getting out their gouache paint for a fresh approach to familiar subjects. Gouache paint is popular because it combines the opaque nature of acrylics and oils without the issues of solvents in oil paint and the permanent drying nature of acrylic paint.
But gouache brings its own technical issues. These hurdles can be a problem for beginners to deal with.
In this article I want to look at a powerful process for learning how to use the paint quickly and effectively.
Ask any professional artist what comes to mind with the words Daniel Smith they will most likely think of watercolor paints. For beginners and enthusiast artists the words Daniel Smith may be associated with expensive paints that they would not dream of spending money on.
Are Daniel Smith watercolors as good as they say and are they worth the money? More importantly for beginners and enthusiast watercolor artists are Daniel Smith watercolors a wise choice?
In this article I'm going to share my experience with Daniel Smith watercolors and give you a few painting demonstration videos to have a look at as well. I will also discuss the Daniel Smith watercolor dot charts and much more. Let us dive in .
What is the Number One Challenge for beginner artists? Mixing color? Drawing accurately? What I find is that the biggest challenge for every new artist is how to control the massive amount of details in every scene. Composition and details are the most important hurdles that every beginner painter needs to overcome.
In this article and videos I'm going to share a simple trick that, when used correctly, will make painting any scene easier and more enjoyable. Find out how:
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?