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Do you mix your own black oil paint, or use a black paint straight out of the tube? It’s certainly more convenient to buy. . . read more

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

For more than 25 years portrait painting was my daily activity. In all those years, I would often hear that portrait models should not smile as they are painted. I never understood that. What's wrong with a smiling portrait, I wondered?

Commissioned portrait, done from. . . 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. . . read more

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

Creating movement in your painting sounds great—but what does that actually mean, and how do you do it? We all know you can't really create movement in your paintings—everything you brush onto your canvas is physically stable and will not move once it's dried. However, with the clever use of some compositional elements, you can at least create the illusion of movement, adding even. . . read more

In recent years, there’s been a huge surge in the popularity of watercolour illustration, particularly relating to food.. . . read more

As I mentioned last week, scraping off as much of the old painting as possible is only half the job if you want to re-use a wood. . . read more

If you're like me, you have at least a couple paintings lying around somewhere that will never be finished. They started out with a grand and glorious idea, but went astray somewhere. Or maybe you started them over on a different panel, and are left with the old, used panel. You hate to throw the panels away because you paid good money for them, but there's no hope for that abandoned painting,. . . read more

Earth tones are some of my favorite colors. (Yeah. I know—with all the bright, beautiful colors available in so many mediums,. . . read more

No matter what kind of painter you are, the first step in every painting should be preparing the painting surface. Luckily,. . . read more




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