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Painting Secrets

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

Discipline needed for artistic self-realization.

Repetition is the key to painting mastery.

In painting, repetition is the key to getting better results. Like warming up with finger exercises on the piano or practicing scales on the guitar, repetition in painting is the key to getting finer work. Even professional athletes continue to hone their skills between games. In the painting game, repetition is one of the disciplines needed for self-realization…

4 Things To Get Right Before Painting

Don't reach for that brush until you have the essentials covered.

Painting Fall Trees

Many students think that leaning to paint means mixing up paint and brushing it on in an interesting fashion. There is so much more to learn in order to create an interesting painting. I agree that pushing paint around is the fun part, but it's even more rewarding when you get the following aspects of the painting process done correctly.

Paula Henchell • Mixed-Media Painting Step-By-Step

International Artist Magazine - Dec/Jan 2015

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Leisure Painter

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ARTICLE:

Paula Henchell was once again featured in an article about Mixed Media (watercolour and acrylic). Below is a little bit of her process revealed. If you would like to read the full article, purchase the Dec/Jan 2015 Issue from Swinton's or Online...

Congratulations Paula!

"I use 140 lb CP Windsor and Newton watercolour paper which is stretched on to Gator Board. The focal point is always painted in acrylic and really makes it pop - it is actually amazing how much it draws your attention to it.  I start off the painting by pouring the watercolour - then it is in to negative painting and then painting and then continue painting any of the flowers or fruits that I also want in watercolour. Next is preparing the focal point for the acrylic which has to be built up in layers. It is a fun process. You should try it!"

10 things I know about painting fall trees

Painting Tips & Tricks for artists

Painting Fall Trees

1 - Cadmium Yellow Deep is the number one secret to painting warm yellows. Every cadmium yellow I have tried has a tendency to the green side. This green tendency makes it really hard to keep your colours warm and thus makes your painting pasty. It also makes it hard to get warm dark yellow for the shadow areas. Cadmium Yellow Deep and Burnt Sienna (an orange) mix will give you a great dark yellow that is warm.

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Flower Fairy

Leisure Painter Magazine - August 2014

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Leisure Painter

We are always proud to showcase the talents and achievements of our art instructors. Paula has been teaching at Swinton's for six years now, and in this time has honed her skills, in teaching and in her art, to great heights.

Follow her painting process in the latest of her articles published in Leisure Painter Magazine (August 2014), where she outlines how to achieve the illusion of depth, what colours to use for skin tones, how to attain glowing colours by glazing and create visual interest by building up areas of detail.

Enjoy the demonstration and don't forget to leave a comment below. Paula loves the attention :)

Rain, Rain, Go Away... Wait... Rain, Rain Stay and Play!

Painting rainy scenes takes a bit of skill but the potential for a great painting is worth the effort. Here is why.

Rain, Rain, Go Away... Wait... Rain, Rain Stay and Play!

Just before a long stretch of rain, the atmosphere builds up with a momentum of activity that has clouds gathering, dancing, swirling and pushing up against each other, jockeying for position. The heat from the earth rises and the cool air falls, precipitating chaos in the sky. When the rain breaks out, the cloud formations can be jaw-dropping. Giant puffers bubbling up and disappearing as fast as they are born. Perfect for sky motive paintings.

7 Benefits of Painting with a Limited Palette

Achieve a greater balance through your painting.

7 Benefits of Painting with a Limited Palette

My youngest son is a genius. He asked me, “Dad, how come you are having a sale in the store, and while trying to sell more paint you write about painting with fewer colours?”

Using less colours means you are spending less money but you will paint more when you see the results. The goal of a limited palette is to gain more control and get rid of the frustration and confusion. You can always expand your repertoire once you learn to paint efficiently.

7 benefits of painting using a limited palette...

11 Things I Know About Painting Nocturnes

by Robert E. Wood

11 Things I Know About Painting Nocturnes

During these short winter days here in Canada, there is one thing we have a lot of: night. Oddly, not a lot of artists paint nocturnal paintings. I learned to paint nocturne's from artist Harold Lyon, for whom night scenes have been a significant subject for more than four decades. Regardless if you're painting a landscape, a western cowboy and horses, or a romantic scene of lovers under the stars, the reflected light from the sun, bouncing off the moon and illuminating our nights creates an alluring image... Here are some of the things I know about painting moonlit scenes:

10 Tips on Painting Realistic Snow

Stop shoveling it and go paint it!

10 Tips on Painting Realistic Snow
Looking out my window at the giant pile of snow on my driveway I thought to myself - snow is a wonderful thing to paint - and instead of shovelling I wrote down 10 things I know about painting snow.

Painting Secret #44 - Sky Holes in Trees

Darker, Duller and Cooler

Painting Secret #44 - Sky Holes in Trees

Bird Holes (sometime known as sky holes) are very important in painting trees. When painted properly, they give a landscape that realistic airy three dimensional look. Here are some pointers on how to paint them properly.

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