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. . . 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
I’ve always enjoyed making my own stamps (which I use in many of my mixed media pieces) so today I thought it would be fun. . . read more
Today I want to share a fun painting technique that works well with watercolors and—actually—almost any other media!. . . read more
The following scene was sketched while on holiday in Suffolk, sitting on the village green overlooking some wonderful wonky houses and a general store with a very low lintel—hence the name of the store and painting, Duck or Grouse Village Store.
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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. . . 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 I've been perfecting for a while. I call it "black outline art" and use it to create a kind of stained glass appearance in watercolor paintings.
I actually stumbled on this technique a few years ago and am not really sure of it's origins. . . I'm sure other artists have used similar. . . read more
Welcome to the fifth article in my series on the classical painting method known as the Flemish Method. Used by 16th and 17th. . . read more
Welcome to the fourth article in my latest series describing the classic Flemish Method of painting. If you haven’t done so. . . read more
I’m a watercolorist and have been painting since the mid 80′s. One of the hardest concepts to grasp as a beginner was. . . read more
Today I'll be continues my current series exploring the Flemish method of painting.
In my first article, I demonstrated how to draw the composition, ink it, and add the imprimatura layer. My second article described . . . read more
In my first article describing the Flemish method of painting, I talked about the first step of the process, including the. . . read more
The method of painting I’ll be describing in this series is based on the methods of Flemish Masters of the 16th and 17th. . . read more
Welcome back to EmptyEasel everyone! This Saturday we’re helping to give away a ton of FREE downloadable copies of. . . read more