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.
How would you like to create landscapes in acrylics that are vibrant and compelling? The sort of landscape painting that grabs attention the moment you walk into a room? Of course we all want to do that. Sadly acrylic paintings often look flat and chalky. Overworked. Lacking the zing that acrylics should be giving you. Well I have experienced those issues myself. That journey resulted in my course Acrylic Painting for Beginners. But there was more to explore. The result? How to Paint Beautiful Landscape Paintings in Acrylics, the Master Series.
Find out more about it below.
Artists struggle to mix green color. This is the number one color issue that gets raised by beginner artists. You may relate to this especially since tube greens never help to solve the problem. In this article and demonstration I want to offer a solution. A way for you to start seeing the true color and then mixing it accurately.
Let us discover the secret to true green color.
Finally a way to provide more videos, live streams and demonstrations all in one place. More importantly for those of you that want them. Now with a private membership channel on my school you can join and get the extras you want for a very reasonable contribution. Sound interesting? Read on to see how you can get some monthly paining tutorials.
While the world is under lockdown this UK based artist keeps working as hard as ever. Producing beautiful modern abstract paintings, inspirational videos and weekly live stream events Swarez Art keeps going strong. Whatever your art genre Swarez Art can will inspire you.
In episode 43 of An Artist’s Journey Podcast I interview the man behind Swarez Art and discover a fun and approachable artist. Listen to the episode below.
You love painting in gouache and so do I, but it is a pity framing gouache is such a hassle. Matte boards and glass increase expenses and glass breaks. What if you could frame gouache paintings without glass? This article and the videos will show you exactly how to do just that. I am also going to show you how to make super convenient painting panels for gouache too.
Get the full process below plus the videos. Let’s begin.
Is it necessary to varnish your paintings? ? Is it complicated and filled with risk and more trouble than it's worth? There are a bunch of yes and no answers there already. Over time I have worked out what works for me. What is bright, shiny and true and what is a bunch of shellac (see what I did there?) Simple and practical methods that have not let me down.
In this article and video I am going to show you what works for me. Let us get to it then.
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.
When I suggested upping the size of your paint brush a few weeks ago I did not expect the short video lesson to be that popular. After all does a bigger paint brush really make a difference, you may be asking? Oh yes it does. A lot. But what then? Is that all it takes to get the loose Impressionist look you want?
There is more and this post, with video, will show you exactly what you need to do right now.