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Painting a distant figure inside of a landscape (or any scene) is an entirely different task than painting a portrait. Not only is the person much smaller, making it harder to add details, but the focus of the painting may not even be on them.

Today’s video shows the process behind painting a figure like that—take a look below as Ned Mueller adds small dabs of color to the canvas to simply create the general shape and feeling of a person within the scene. By intelligently using color and light, not a whole lot of detail is needed:



NOTE: You can get Ned Mueller’s full DVD painting tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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In today's video, watercolor painter Barbara Nechis demonstrates how to paint flowers using a wet-into-wet method. As you'll see in the clip below, she starts by thoroughly (yet carefully) re-wetting her paper, to ensure that an even amount of water is spread over the entire painting. Some of the paint that she put down earlier spreads slightly, but since that's the style, it only adds to the painting. Barbara then creates simple floral shapes by dropping in lots of pigment and allowing the water on the paper to pull the pigment outward. Take a look: . . read more

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