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10 Things That Cause Mud in a Painting.

Your painting may not be as fresh as it could be.

10 Things That Cause Mud in a Painting.

Many factors can cause your painting to look duller than a subway station in December and you may be surprised to know that most of them are not even colour issues. Here is my list of the top reasons why your painting may not be as fresh and dazzling as it could be.

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.

Top 10 Art Books (2014) Every Artist Should Own

Know Stuff. Paint Better.

Top 10 Art Books (2014) Every Artist Should Own

Knowledge precedes execution: the more you study prior to painting, the better your actual painting will be. So with the arrival of a new year, I have a renewed vision to reread all the best art books in my collection. Here is my list of the top ten art books every artist should own.

Express yourself and be inspired with the help of these wonderful books, tips, & tutorials. From the beginning artist looking for a comprehensive introduction to the more experienced painter looking for a challenge, everyone can find a valuable lesson designed to help you create a brand new piece or add new depth to your technique. Here’s to your creativity!

Life Drawing Forms the "Bones"

Why every artist should draw from life

Life Drawing Forms the

Since 1932, Disney studio has offered free life drawing classes for its artists. The idea is that understanding and capturing the anatomy and sense of motion from a live model improves all your other artistic skills.

There’s something special about drawing from life. Maybe it’s the connection between you and the model, which doesn’t happen from a photo. Maybe it’s the way our eyes see things in three dimensions compared with the way photos flatten out the form. Perhaps it’s the fact that you are setting up your own composition in the moment. Whatever the reason, working from life helps you realize the real sense of the form and how to render 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.

Art Marketing Blame Game

Art Marketing Blame Game

This article has been edited and published with the author's permission.

Roberta Murray is an oil painter and master photographer. Until recently, Roberta and I were only Facebook acquaintances. I enjoy the wonderful photos and paintings she posts. Recently, she wrote a piece for her blog that resonated deeply with me. It's a subject I have spoken about many times and I think she has summed it up very well and wanted to share it with you.

10 Things I Know About Painting

By Doug Swinton

Doug Swinton • 10 Things I Know About Painting

Since the day the late Brock Linehan asked me "What do you know for sure?", and I had trouble answering, I've never stopped asking myself that question. Over the long haul some things keep repeating themselves and as I paint in my own studio or attempt to solve problems with my students, I realized that some things are always true. This list keeps growing but here are a few of those "for sure" things I've come to believe.

If there is anything you believe to be true every time, in other words, universal to every good painting, please post it in the comments section.

Ready to be an an artist?

Art is a cake that comes in layers...

Ready to be an an artist?

After 18 years of helping artists achieve their unique vision, we have come to recognize that art has a different meaning for different people. Art can be a very serious endeavour or a playful game. For some, the goal is to build a practice and sell artwork in a commercial gallery. Others enjoy doodling and bringing ideas to life. The important thing is your artistic journey.

Let's begin... Wherever you find yourself is exactly the right place for you. The next step is the only important step. Take it. "Don't wait until you know who you are to make things." You're ready now. Begin.

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

New product at Swinon's

Pastel Demo using Canson's Touch Sanded Texture Board

For this article we went to the Swinton's Research & Development Team. Deep in our secret underground facility we gave the white lab coat and goggles to Duane Hendricks. His mission: to test the new Canson Touch Sanded Pastel Paper with the Unison Pastels.

All kidding aside. Along with the likes of Horace Champagne and Susan Woolgar (demo), Duane is one of Canada's most accomplished pastelists and he has offered his skill to give us a review of Canson's new addition to the paper world, Mi-Teintes Touch Sanded Texture Board.

Duane Hendricks demonstrates...

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