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Painting Textures in Oil and Water Color

How to Use Tools for Painting Textures in Oil and Water Color

In the past few year, art supply stores have expanded their line of tools that help artists make textures in paintings.  But you don’t have to buy fancy … Read More

How to Paint Fur Texture

Painting animal fur texture

Painting animals is an exploration in texture. Whether it’s fur, horns, scales, or hooves, there are a number of ways to convey that texture to the viewer.  We will focus on fur texture.

Step 1: What … Read More

How to Paint Animal Eyes Video

Painting Zebra Eyes…

I’ve made a video on how to paint animals eyes- even though it is a video of zebras, these painting techniques will work for most any animal eyes you want to paint. I go over how to … Read More

How to Add Texture to Your Painting

There are many ways to incorporate textures into your painting, and I have a few to share.

More and more I am incorporating textures into my art.  When using acrylics, there is no shortage of sands, gels, and impasto mixtures … Read More

5 Maxfield Parrish Painting Techniques You Can Use!

Maxfield Parrish was an American Artist who made glowing images with saturated colors that featured neo-classical imagery.  His first big break as an artist and commercial illustrator was the cover of L. Frank Baum’s  Mother Goose in Prose. He worked … Read More

5 Steps to Increase Creativity in Your Workspace

To help you release all the awesomeness that you possess,  I’ve detailed five specific steps you can take to increase your productivity and your creativity. When your workspace flows, so will you. Problem #1: Your workspace is schizophrenic.

Whether … Read More

Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland

There is an amazing little book called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  I picked it up because of the title- I was intrigued. It confirmed what I have believed for years.  Here are a few of … Read More

23 Sep '12

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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter.  This is a book that should be on every artist’s shelf.  It guides you through the understanding of light, atmospheric perspective, chroma, value and form.  It’s the book we should have … Read More