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Painting Secret #43 • The Power of Green

Simplify your palette by mixing your greens.

Overgrown

A lot of artists have trouble with green because there are so many shades to mix and so many types to buy. What I've come to understand about green is that less is more. Simplify.

Removing most of the greens off of my palette made a positive difference to my paintings. If you want harmonious greens you have to mix them. I now carry only one green, Viridian, a green with subtle blue undertones that also makes nice turquoise colours.

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I took a Copic from Swinton's

and I keep forgetting to take it back

I took a Copic from Swinton's

It was an accident, but I keep forgetting to take it back. It's almost like I did it on purpose. Recently, I even found myself using it. I think I'll take it back, maybe, one day, soon... But first - let me try it out on this Yupo Paper. ohhhh Nice! Smoooth.

Christmas Wish List for Artists

Naughty & Nice!

Christmas Wish List for Artists

We created this list because sometimes artists speak gibberish but that doesn't mean they don't deserve what they wish for! This Christmas give them exactly what they want.

Just have your special artist fill out this Wish List and bring it to us. We will do the rest.

Need more ideas? Here is our Gift Ideas page. Happy Holidays!

Framing Ideas

Expert thoughts on framing

Framing Ideas

A good frame completes a painting. In my studio I keep on hand many sizes of tester frames. Some didn’t start out as a tester frame but with handling and show dings they became that way. For testing, even an old ugly frame is better than no frame at all. Usually at about the 3/4 mark of a painting I will try it out in a frame to get a fresh perspective and often find I'm farther along than I thought. This helps me avoid overworking a piece.  Let's see what other tips the experts have…

From all of us at Swinton's - Happy Halloween 2013

this video may or may not give you spine-chilling nightmares.

From all of us at Swinton's - Happy Halloween 2013

Video of Doug painting some very very scary pumpkins for Halloween. WARNING! This video is not suitable for those that are easily frightened by the colour orange. This hair-raising painting may or may not give you spine-chilling nightmares. Proceed with caution!!!

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