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.
How do you get that color? Why did you use that color? These and similar questions about color are from artists who want to use more expressive color. More exciting color. You can still get an accurate impression of a scene with expressive color. This lesson will give you a few ideas to play with.
Let us explore color at the next level.
Gouache Painting for Beginners, the course, is now live. After many months of filming and editing I have finally been able to publish this gouache painting course. Now is a perfect time to start learning how to use this fantastic painting medium. Gouache is a versatile, pigment rich medium that incorporates the best of watercolor and opaque mediums like acrylics and oils into one unique painting medium.
Find out more about what is in this course and how you can start today (PS. There are a few bonus options as well).
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.
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.