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

Are you trying watercolors for the first time? If so, here are 5 tips to kickstart your watercolor painting experience: 1. Start. . . read more

Ever wonder what’s the most difficult—and most time consuming—part of a landscape to draw? If you’re like me, it’s. . . read more

In today’s article, I want to show you step-by-step how to draw a lush forest of trees on sanded art paper.

What? Sanded art paper with colored pencils?

Yes! I realize that using colored pencils on sanded art paper might sound contradictory. After all, colored pencils are a medium designed for lots of detail, and that usually requires a very smooth surface—if. . . read more

Colored pencil artists are always looking for ways to speed up their creative process. Most often, that means finding faster ways. . . read more

Who’s your worst art critic? Be honest! It’s you, isn’t it? But it’s also true you’re the person. . . read more

Getting bright colors on a dark background can be a challenge if your favorite medium is colored pencil. The reason is simple.

Most colored pencils are translucent. No matter how heavily you layer them, the color of the paper shows through to some extent, and influences the new color. You have to use a lot of layers—or a lot of pressure—to cover up the color of the paper. If. . . read more

Scaling a drawing up from it’s original size to the size of the final artwork isn’t always easy. A lot depends on the. . . read more

For more than 25 years portrait painting was my daily activity. In all those years, I would often hear that portrait models. . . read more

Plein air painting is an exciting way to sharpen your observation skills and grow as an artist. However, it can also be a nerve-wracking experience your first few times out.

Here are a few tips I wanted share for a smoother plein air adventure:

1. Paint only what moves you

Take time to observe the scene around you and be receptive to anything that grabs your. . . read more

There are so many ways to add texture to your paintings beside paint! In the short demonstration video below, I’ll show you. . . read more

I am a Canadian watercolourist and have been painting landscapes, florals, and buildings with lots of character for over 30. . . read more




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