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  • Learn the process of completing a still-life oil painting in one session. Watch the video that shows the painting process and delves into how I chose the colors of my limited tetrad palette. Alla prima is a direct painting technique, also known as wet-on-wet.

    Alla Prima Still-Life Oil Painting With a Limited Palette

    Alla Prima Still-Life Oil Painting With a Limited Palette

    by Robie Benve15

  • Learn the basics of acrylic pouring for a beginner, including how to get started and tips to making a great-looking piece of art.

    Acrylic Pouring for Beginners

    Acrylic Pouring for Beginners

    by Joni Hooks5

  • Varnishing step-by-step. Your acrylic painting is complete. As a final step, apply the best varnishing techniques to protect your artwork, and getting it ready to hang or to be sold. Learn how to brush on or spray the varnish, and how to remove it.

    Best Varnishing Techniques for Acrylic Paintings

    Best Varnishing Techniques for Acrylic Paintings

    by Robie Benve30

  • People have asked me if watercolor was hard. I had heard that too and avoided watercolor for a long time in favor of oils; I was afraid it would be too hard to tackle. My fears were unfounded.

    Watercolor Techniques for Everyone

    Watercolor Techniques for Everyone

    by Denise McGill13

  • Columbine, 4" x 6" watercolor on cold press watercolor paper by Robert A. Sloan. The finished painting for this step by step demonstration. This step by step demonstration can be done using my colors and choice of flower, or you can use the...

    How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor

    How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor

    by robertsloan220

  • Oil painting tools and materials for beginners. Which are the best oil painting materials and tools to buy for a new artist? How do you choose the best art supplies? How do you avoid buying art materials that you don't need? This guide will help you get started with oil painting - economically.

    Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials

    Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials

    by Les Trois Chenes25

  • Connie Hayes’s paintings are often recognizable for her vibrant use of color and her loose painting style. Well-known as a painter of Maine landscapes, she uses color and composition to create unique views of small towns and unseen places in Maine. Her paintings beautifully depict the quiet moments of daily life.

    The Paintings of Maine Artist Connie Hayes

    The Paintings of Maine Artist Connie Hayes

    by Donna Herron6

  • Having problems mixing colors when you paint? Understanding color theory will simplify color mixing for you. We start with the basics and move to the more complex including some video demonstrations.

    Simplifying Mixing Colors for Artists

    Simplifying Mixing Colors for Artists

    by Judy Filarecki31

  • The appearance of a painting is influenced by the effect of light and atmosphere, the arrangement of darks and lights, and the harmony and balance of color. Light influences all of these factors.

    How to Paint the Effects of Light on Value and Color

    How to Paint the Effects of Light on Value and Color

    by Robie Benve3

  • Step-by-step painting tips for beginner artists. Learn the seven supplies you need to paint with acrylics, how to get started, how to plan your painting composition, and how to proceed in the painting process.

    Step-by-Step Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Step-by-Step Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    by Robie Benve153

  • Being in control of color temperature is crucial in painting, especially when creating a mood, the illusion of depth, and form. Learn how to manipulate and change the temperature in color mixing.

    Color Temperature for Artists

    Color Temperature for Artists

    by Robie Benve8

  • Here is a list of art supplies beginners need to start drawing, painting, and exploring their creativity. Get tips on how to choose the best materials and find out where to buy them.

    10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Beginners

    10 Must-Have Art Supplies for Beginners

    by Carrie Kelley0

  • Learn about rock painting and ladybug rock art, including how to paint ladybugs, how to paint ladybirds, and other tips and ideas for painted rocks. These sell very well at my craft shows.

    How to Paint Ladybugs and Ladybirds on Rocks

    How to Paint Ladybugs and Ladybirds on Rocks

    by L M Reid25

  • Basic oil painting supply list. The 8 things artists need to start painting with oils. The answers to the common questions of all beginner painters. Gift ideas for oil painters.

    Oil Painting Tools and Materials for Beginners

    Oil Painting Tools and Materials for Beginners

    by Robie Benve34

  • Paintbrushes are a precious tool for acrylic painters: it's very important to keep them clean. How to clean art brushes in 10 steps and tips to keep them in good working conditions, just like new for a long time.

    Tips for Cleaning Acrylic Paint Brushes

    Tips for Cleaning Acrylic Paint Brushes

    by Robie Benve12

  • Painting from photos vs. from life. What are the differences and the challenges? Professional artists and art teachers recommend painting from life. Learn the 9 things to be aware of when painting from photos, and the 9 tips and solutions to maximize the use of photos and make great paintings.

    Art Tips: Painting From Photos

    Art Tips: Painting From Photos

    by Robie Benve17

  • Water-Soluble-Oils have come to the rescue of people who love to paint with oils but are allergic to many of the components of traditional oil painting. Here's some help to make the transition easier.

    Water Soluble Oils Using Oil Painting Techniques

    Water Soluble Oils Using Oil Painting Techniques

    by Judy Filarecki72

  • Self portrait, Winsor & Newton Artists' Field Box watercolors in 5" x 8 1/2" Moleskine watercolor journal. Copyright Robert A. Sloan, October 2007, all rights reserved. In the watercolor self portrait I started my Moleskine watercolor journal with,...

    How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor

    How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor

    by robertsloan216

  • Learn the nine steps to painting trees, starting with the most important feature of the tree, its contour, and ending with the details. Robie Benve shares her nine secrets to painting trees that are believable and that present character and dimension.

    How to Paint Believable Trees Step-by-Step

    How to Paint Believable Trees Step-by-Step

    by Robie Benve15

  • Learn how to paint a seagull with acrylic paints! I've created a detailed step-by-step tutorial with photos and a video that shows how to create a painting of a seagull standing on a beach. You'll also learn some general tips and techniques for painting with acrylics.

    How to Paint a Seagull With Acrylic Paints

    How to Paint a Seagull With Acrylic Paints

    by Carrie Kelley2

  • The way elements are arranged in the picture acts as the armature and supporting structure of a painting. To make a piece successful and interesting for the viewer, plan a composition with a strong value structure. Squinting helps. Seeing simplified shapes, it’s easier to “see” the composition.

    Enhance Your Painting Composition by Planning the Value Structure

    Enhance Your Painting Composition by Planning the Value Structure

    by Robie Benve4

  • Painting rocks to look like ladybugs is a fast and easy project for children and beginners alike. This is a great project to do on a rainy day with materials you probably already have laying around your home.

    How to Paint Ladybug Rocks

    How to Paint Ladybug Rocks

    by hysongdesigns37

  • For thousands of years, the process of converting tree resin into lacquer to add beauty and longevity to everyday objects has been practiced and perfected by Asian craftsmen.

    The Art of Japanese Maki-e for Middle School

    The Art of Japanese Maki-e for Middle School

    by Gina Welds Hulse7

  • The rule of thirds helps artists and photographers to plan a winning composition. Use it as a guide to composing pictures that looks balanced and interesting. Keep the rule of third as guidance, but integrate more structural elements to make the scene visually pleasing.

    How to Use the Rule of Thirds in Painting Composition

    How to Use the Rule of Thirds in Painting Composition

    by Robie Benve15

  • Why is it better to paint on toned canvas? What color should you tone your canvas with? Starting a painting on a colored ground speeds up the painting process and helps to create tonal harmony within the finished piece.

    Why and How to Color-Tone Your Canvas Before Painting

    Why and How to Color-Tone Your Canvas Before Painting

    by Robie Benve7

  • Value measures the lightness and darkness in visual art, like drawing, painting, and photography. Learn how value is the key to a successful painting, not color. How to understand and see values in art.

    Why Painting Value/Tone Is More Important Than Color

    Why Painting Value/Tone Is More Important Than Color

    by Robie Benve6

  • Create a pencil drawing sketch and a digital color study for an acrylic landscape painting! I've included step-by-step instructions and a time-lapse video to help you visualize what you need to do.

    How to Create a Color Study on an iPad With Procreate

    How to Create a Color Study on an iPad With Procreate

    by Robie Benve6

  • Can you happily create representational paintings but despair at the thought of attempting something that isn't supposed to BE anything? If so, then you are not alone, help is at hand.

    A Step-By-Step Method For Painting Abstract Art

    A Step-By-Step Method For Painting Abstract Art

    by John Dyhouse16

  • If you'd like to learn how to do a pour painting, this tutorial for beginners will teach you what supplies you’ll need, how to prepare a canvas, mix paints, and the steps to create your very own painting.

    How to Do a Pour Painting: A Tutorial for Beginners

    How to Do a Pour Painting: A Tutorial for Beginners

    by Carrie Kelley35

  • Lines and shapes are essential elements of painting. How you use them in art strongly affects the composition and overall feeling of the painting.

    Elements of Painting: Line and Shape

    Elements of Painting: Line and Shape

    by Robie Benve10

  • Pros and Cons of Plein air painting. A lot of artists think that painting landscapes on location is the best way to go. Learn about the advantages and challenges of painting outdoors. Would you enjoy it? Plus, tips to help you have an easier and more successful outdoor painting experience.

    Advantages and Challenges of Plein Air Painting - Is It for You?

    Advantages and Challenges of Plein Air Painting - Is It for You?

    by Robie Benve8

  • One of the most recognizable subjects in Japanese art are the giant waves that lap its shores. These waves have been famously depicted in Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", which is widely regarded to be the most famous ukiyo-e print of all."Japanese Wave Paintings" explores this and other works of Japanese art that depict these gigantic waves, as well as their meanings and history.

    Japanese Wave Paintings

    Japanese Wave Paintings

    by truefaith78

  • The color wheel is a great tool that helps artists decide what color scheme they want to use with a geometrical mixing method, taking into consideration the distance between colors on the wheel. Learn how to use it and how the color wheel can help you choose color schemes and mixing colors.

    How to Use the Color Wheel to Plan Color Schemes and Color Mixing

    How to Use the Color Wheel to Plan Color Schemes and Color Mixing

    by Robie Benve13

  • I love watercolor. It isn't as hard as everyone says. Armed with just a few simple techniques, you can be turning out some fabulous paintings with impressive skies. Come and see for yourself.

    Painting Watercolor Sky Techniques

    Painting Watercolor Sky Techniques

    by Denise McGill7

  • Learn acrylic pour painting tips about the process, things to avoid, and ways to improve your skills so you can accelerate the path from beginner to experienced pour painter.

    Acrylic Pour Painting Tips: A List for Beginners

    Acrylic Pour Painting Tips: A List for Beginners

    by Carrie Kelley12

  • This article gives information on how to avoid having watercolor paper warp and buckle when creating a watercolor painting. Several methods and materials are discussed.

    How to Prevent Watercolor Paper from Curling

    How to Prevent Watercolor Paper from Curling

    by Dbro20

  • Landscape paintings - or 'shan shui' ("Mountain and water") paintings - have been a part of Chinese art for many thousands of years. They have deep spiritual and political meanings and are an expression of the artist's inner soul. "Chinese Landscape Paintings" takes a look at Chinese landscape paintings throughout the centuries, the basic components of a shan shui painting, and landscape paintings in modern-day Chinese art.

    Chinese Landscape Paintings

    Chinese Landscape Paintings

    by truefaith78

  • Learn how making thumbnail sketches and using them as value studies helps you create winning painting compositions. How to sketch the value and tone relationships, create an interesting composition by testing out value and tone of your masses. Tips to plan a good painting.

    How Value Sketches Improve Your Painting Compositions

    How Value Sketches Improve Your Painting Compositions

    by Robie Benve4

  • Things You Need to Plan Before Starting a Painting. What to paint? How? With what techniques and styles? Learn how to take the most important decisions before and during the painting process.

    How to Decide What to Paint and How to Do It

    How to Decide What to Paint and How to Do It

    by Robie Benve20

  • What kind of presents can you get for an artist that paints with acrylics? A list of tools and supplies that would make great gifts for any painter.

    Gift Ideas for Acrylic Painting Artists

    Gift Ideas for Acrylic Painting Artists

    by Robie Benve8

  • This article will explain my approach to painting images of vintage cars. It will follow my process step by step to help artists create beautiful watercolor images of some of history's greatest cars.

    Painting (Pictures of) Vintage Cars in Watercolor

    Painting (Pictures of) Vintage Cars in Watercolor

    by Dbro18

  • Need to paint a dark background in watercolor? Need help in achieving depth or luminosity in your painting? This tutorial is my step-by-step process for creating both dark and luminous backgrounds.

    How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

    How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

    by Gayle Dowell127

  • Some common mistakes quickly ruin paint brushes. How you clean and store paint brushes determines their life span and how they stay in shape. Great tips for beginner artists.

    How to Ruin Paint Brushes

    How to Ruin Paint Brushes

    by Robie Benve18

  • Walk into any art shop anywhere in the world and you will be confronted with a vast array of products. This article aims to help save you money by offering advice on selecting only those items which you really need to get you started on your journey to becoming a watercolour artist.

    Watercolour Painting for Absolute Beginners: Which Art Products to Buy

    Watercolour Painting for Absolute Beginners: Which Art Products to Buy

    by Adele Cosgrove-Bray0

  • Before you can paint on canvas, the fabric should be primed. How do you prep a canvas for acrylic or oil painting? Step-by-step instructions on how to prime a canvas with acrylic gesso.

    How to Prepare a Canvas for Painting Step-by-Step

    How to Prepare a Canvas for Painting Step-by-Step

    by Robie Benve32

  • Many brushstroke techniques can be used for fine art painting, including crosshatching, hatching, dry brush, flat wash, scumbling, stippling, etc. Learn the different brushstrokes and become a more successful painter.

    Basic Brushstroke Types With Examples

    Basic Brushstroke Types With Examples

    by Robie Benve9

  • I’m presented with the “beauty” issue all the time. What galleries want and don’t want to hang; what people want and don’t want to decorate around; what is and isn’t beautiful. So what is beauty?

    What Is Artistic Beauty?

    What Is Artistic Beauty?

    by Denise McGill13

  • If you want some texture under your paintings then you can buy texture in the shops or you can make your own. Find out instructions how and the materials you need.

    How to Make Your Own Painting Texture

    How to Make Your Own Painting Texture

    by Marian L31

  • Fine Art Tips. What makes a painting good? Learn what elements to include in your paintings. Focus on technique and technical aspects, personal and emotional involvement, and novelty.

    Elements of a Good Painting - Art Tips

    Elements of a Good Painting - Art Tips

    by Robie Benve4

  • How to paint areas where sky and tree meet, making them look natural and believable. Learn how foliage and thin branches change the color of the sky. How to make sky holes believable carefully varying placement, shapes, color, value and temperature.

    Tips on How to Paint

    Tips on How to Paint "Sky Holes" or Sky Behind Trees

    by Robie Benve3

  • If you are used to painting in the studio, the first few paintings you do outdoors are going to be very challenging. However, painting en plein air can be a great experience and teach you a lot. Here are 11 tips that can help you make outdoors painting a little easier and more successful.

    11 Tips for Painting Outdoors With Oils

    11 Tips for Painting Outdoors With Oils

    by Robie Benve11

  • Here is a complete list of acrylic pour painting supplies for anyone who’d like to try pour painting. You’ll also learn about each of these supplies, how they'll be used in your painting and where to buy them.

    Pour Painting Supplies for Beginners

    Pour Painting Supplies for Beginners

    by Carrie Kelley32

  • It is easy and fun to to paint animals in mixed media. I start with acrylic, and then garnish with a few add-ons. Let me show you how!

    How to Paint Wildlife in Mixed Media

    How to Paint Wildlife in Mixed Media

    by Susan Sisk0

  • 10 great tips to paint gorgeous skies and clouds. Both sky and clouds have some of the softest edges you can find in nature. Learn to notice things like atmospheric and linear perspective, and how sky colors are less intense in the distance and more intense in the clouds closer to us.

    10 Tips: How to Paint Skies and Clouds

    10 Tips: How to Paint Skies and Clouds

    by Robie Benve24

  • How to clean up acrylic paint from brushes, painting palettes, or clothes whether they are still wet or after they are dry.

    How to Clean Up Acrylic Paints

    How to Clean Up Acrylic Paints

    by Robie Benve16

  • If you’d like to learn how to paint with oils, this three-part series will show you what supplies you'll need, how to prepare a canvas, choose a subject, and get started on your first oil painting.

    Beginner's Guide to Oil Painting: Part 1

    Beginner's Guide to Oil Painting: Part 1

    by carolynkaye14

  • Abstract Wheels created with three primary color Sennelier oil pastels and one black Caran d'Ache Neopastel for the strong black lines. If you're looking for a fine art medium that is clean, portable, lightfast and powerful, consider oil pastels. ...

    Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost

    Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost

    by robertsloan224

  • Do you want to learn how to make art pieces from leftover watercolor paint? This is a fun way to use your extra paint and not throw it away. You can easily make several pieces and create an art wall gallery!

    How to Create Art From Leftover Watercolor Paint!

    How to Create Art From Leftover Watercolor Paint!

    by Sandra Holt4

  • Tips and tools for creating art with watercolor. Real works of art are discussed and examined. Artists and creators need encouragement and inspiration to continue to create successfully.

    More Advanced Painting With Watercolor

    More Advanced Painting With Watercolor

    by Denise McGill9

  • Art tutorial for sealing and protecting your alcohol ink projects on yupo paper and ceramics. Learn three ways to best preserve your artwork from fading, discoloring and prevent yellowing over time.

    Three Ways to Seal Alcohol Ink Paintings

    Three Ways to Seal Alcohol Ink Paintings

    by Candice Collins0

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