For some people, planning your next abstract artwork comes easy. . . for others, it can be torturous. And even the best artists. . . 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 paintings. (I'm no exception!) But lately I've found a system that works for me, and makes it possible to create a 100% perfect finish at all viewing angles under all lighting circumstances.
Here are my tips for applying the perfect varnish finish to a. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and. . . 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!
You'll need some gouache or tempera paint (which is water soluble) plus India ink (which is waterproof). Combine those mediums with watercolors, and you can easily create a splendid finished work of art like the one below.
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The following scene was sketched while on holiday in Suffolk, sitting on the village green overlooking some wonderful wonky. . . read more
If your life is anything like mine, you probably don’t have the opportunity to do art as much as you’d like. Maybe. . . read more
One of the joys of painting with mixed-media is the freedom to create unique textures and patterns in your backgrounds. While it’s tempting to buy the expensive products from your local art supplier, doing so can get pricey—especially when you’re just looking to experiment.
So if you like to play with different background textures for mixed media, take a quick run through your. . . read more
Nowadays, nearly everyone carries a lot of stuff, all the time. Which means we’re always finding new ways to carry that. . . read more
As a watercolorist, I’ve been painting since the mid ’80′s. New techniques come and go but here’s one. . . read more