Arts

What are the Main Oil Painting Techniques?

Confronting art techniques for oil painting for the first time may overwhelm the beginner on the diversity on offer. Fine art painting books would suggest that oil painting requires complex practices and materials, but this is not necessarily the case. The beginner may enjoy simple oil painting techniques with effective results, and which will give the fledgling artist satisfaction. Basic ...

Read More »

Spruce Up Your Landscape Paintings

Regardless of the season, adding foliage effects can take your landscape paintings to the next level of success. And, when it comes to seasonal foliage, I love it all. I am equally entranced by the lively greens of spring and summer foliage as I am with the rich oranges, golds and browns of fall and early winter. Although, perfecting the ...

Read More »

Color Choices for Glazes That Make Your Painting Glow

You have the power to make your paintings glow. With this glazing tutorial, Kent Lovelace breaks down every section of a painting and discusses the ways and means to use glazing (or not), including what colors to dip your brush into first. The painting Dolmen (below) by Kent depicts an area in rural France that’s believed to be the quarry site for ...

Read More »

Get Inspired by these Fantastic Fall Pastel Paintings

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year! Especially in the outdoors. The landscape comes alive with so much color–and that is a well-known challenge for many artists creating fall pastel paintings because we don’t want overblown, garish colors that look artificial. But those reds, oranges, and yellows of the landscape do need careful handling. Here’s a gallery of ...

Read More »

Top Tips for Painting with Ink

Modern inks are a far more versatile medium than you might imagine. The intense colours, transparency and fluidity make them well worth a try, especially if you already enjoy watercolours. The marvel of the media is how an artist can skillfully use ink to create an image of great immediacy and life, balancing brightness and darkness, density and light, line ...

Read More »

How to Draw a Tree with Ink

Ink is a versatile medium that comes in a wide range of colours and formulations. The advantage of using ink from the pot rather than in pen form is that it can be applied with a range of different tools in a single drawing, with the qualities of those particular tools expanding the vocabulary of marks. In most cases, you will not see ...

Read More »

5 Watercolor Painting Perfect for Beginners

Larkins’ work is distinguished by many things. It’s distinguished by her decision to use a palette, to start. She uses primarily Winsor & Newton. Her paintings are dominated by grays and blacks, which she then augments sparingly with soft colors. These often serve as accents. They lift the work away from an insistent monochrome and suggest a world of color. ...

Read More »

How to Solve Your Painting Problems

Take a clean, wet brush (a round one will do) and gently lift out the excess colour. Allow the water to diffuse the pigment and soften the edges with careful strokes. If you create a dent in your canvas spray the back with warm (not hot) water. As the water begins to evaporate, the canvas should shrink into shape. Introduce the ...

Read More »

Tips to Paint Snow in Watercolour

Snow often reflects the colours in the sky and the wonderful blues in the cast shadows deserve close inspection. Indeed, when I paint snow-covered landscapes I am always surprised at how little paper is left unpainted. Art Materials • French Ultramarine, Permanent Rose, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Winsor Blue Green Shade, Neutral Tint and Transparent Oxide Brown, all artists’ ...

Read More »

7 Colored Pencil Drawing Techniques You can Master in No Time

There’s so much you can do with colored pencils — why limit yourself to simple coloring? Instead, practice these colored pencil drawing techniques. With a little trial and error, you’ll master them in no time. Soon enough, you’ll be adding texture, light and a whole lot of beauty to your artwork. 1. Layering Colors The key to achieving both vibrant ...

Read More »