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Art and Painting Tips: Artistic Advice and In-depth Art Tutorials for Artists

My good friend Susan has taken the leap in a new creative venture—and I’m so proud of her! I wanted to make something special. . . read more

Are you trying to get delicate colors, values, and gradations in your colored pencil work with no success? Maybe it’s time. . . read more

Editor's Note: We sent an email to Rosemary & Co asking if they had any tips for oil painters choosing brushes. Here is their reply, edited slightly for use on EmptyEasel:

We get asked all of the time for the "magic" brush. Though, sadly, there is no such thing, there are certainly plenty of options available. And while it's. . . read more

If you’ve been reading my articles here on EmptyEasel (or have ever visited my blog) you probably know horses are one of my. . . read more

Imagine with me the early scribes’ working spaces: dimly lit, cold rooms with no modern facilities, limited materials. We can. . . read more

For many artists, choosing what to draw next comes naturally. And most of the time your interests (hobbies, activities, etc) are probably the best sources for your drawings and paintings.

For example, I've always liked the look of horses. I like the way they're put together, the way they move, the shine of light on a sleek coat, and those long manes and tails have always appealed to. . . read more

A calligrapher’s mission is to bring words to life. When a clients ask me how a verse becomes a work of art, or what my process. . . read more

Everyone’s monogram has endless creative potential. We’ve all seen a renewed popularity of letters on jewelry, linens and. . . read more

When you hear the word "contrast," you probably think of dark versus light. But paintings can have many different kinds of contrast in them. Here are just a few:

• Cool / Warm • Light / Dark • Sharp / Blurry • Thick paint / Thin paint • Sketchy / Detailed • Straight / Curved

Today I'm going to demonstrate how to add contrast to a. . . read more

When you put color onto paper with colored pencil, the color stays exactly where you put it. No easy washing. No easy blending.. . . read more

It’s spring in California and flowers are already blooming! So I brought gardening thoughts into my studio and created this. . . read more




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