The Joy of Watercolor is something I put together to remind myself why we paint in the first place. It's a free online video course featuring watercolor demonstrations and exercises that uplift and encourage you to keep on painting, embrace your creativity, and just love painting even more.
Ignite your passion for watercolor painting. . . get inspired today!
An oil transfer is a method of transferring a line drawing to a canvas (or any other painting surface) using oil paint rather. . . read more
One of my favorite methods of oil painting is the Flemish Method. It’s a 7-step painting process with luminous results, but. . . 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
When you hear the word “contrast,” you probably think of dark versus light. But paintings can have many different. . . read more
If you’ve got a mixed media painting that is nearly done but not quite—you know it just needs a little something to complete. . . read more
For some people, planning your next abstract artwork comes easy. . . for others, it can be torturous. And even the best artists get stuck once in a while!
If you're feeling like you just can't get started on your next abstract piece, here are several methods I use to jumpstart my creative process:
1. Get a visual
This is where my love of Pinterest and. . . read more
One of the beautiful characteristics of soft pastels is the way they can be manipulated to create soft, smeared effects when. . . read more
If you’re like most artists, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it is to apply a good varnish finish to your. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and reducing the price to $14.99 for EmptyEasel readers through June 30th, 2015.. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find. . . read more
Today I want to share a fun painting technique that works well with watercolors and—actually—almost any other media!. . . read more