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In today’s video tutorial, oil painter Craig Nelson is demonstrating part of his painting process while using a limited color palette.

Since his color choices are restricted, Craig pays special attention to the value differences between the shadow side of his objects, their cast shadow, and the color of their surroundings. Take a look:

NOTE: You can get Craig’s full length oil painting DVD at Creative Catalyst.

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In today's video, Nicholas Simmons is demonstrating what he calls the "sewing machine" brush stroke, which he's using to outline some of the edges within his painting. As you'll see, this particular brush stroke does two things: First, it adds a huge amount of contrast to a small area of the painting (since so much pigment is being dabbed into one place, rather than brushed over a larger area). And secondly, because the painting is already wet, that pigment also spreads outward slightly, giving a soft, watery feel to the fish. Take a look. NOTE: You can get Nicholas Simmons' full . . read more

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