Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
"Acrylic paints dry too fast!"
"Oils are so much easier!"
"It doesn't blend!"
"Everything's so hard…
I wanted to share some of my prep work that I have prepared for my upcoming mixed media paintings.
This is my first attempt at making Acrylic Skins...it really is fun, now to hope they actually work. I can use them as is or cut them up and collage into a painting; I can paint right onto them, put in shadows, create a painting within, cut up and create a painting, etc. Possibilities are endless.
For this one I used acrylic fluid and high flow paints. My base is Polymer Medium…Continue
A blog on composing your image to create a successful painting...
Photos can be friend or foe when it comes to painting...
I've found a new favorite way to take reference photos!
Plus a new tiny painting from one of the photos :)
Receiving and giving honest constructive critiques is one of the best tools I have found for learning to paint!
How do I give a critique?
What if I don't "like" the painting?…Continue
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Read about the phases of a good painting. A step by step system to use so you will never get lost in your painting process again.
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This will only make sense if you have read Parts 1 and 2.
Cerulean Blue was at one point my primary blue for skies and water, and I could not understand why it was not more popular among artists. The obvious teal hue makes me wonder now why I was so slow to catch on. If you look at the mass tint, it is also clear that Cerulean will never result in a decent dark blue, the intensity just isn't there. The same applies to Cobalt Blue. Their relatively low tinting strength also makes them…Continue
Using the pigment numbers and CI numbers, we can compare, to some extent, the paints from different manufacturers. Sap Green Hue, for example, has different pigments from one brand to another, so switching brands…Continue
Another artist has a studio at the building where mine is located. A short time ago we had a discussion about pigments and colour choices, and she lamented the lack of a good, rich, pure blue. Her next best option was Windsor Blue, which is not a common label. So what is it and why does she like it? That's what…Continue
I don't know how to send a message directly to Karen. I've been getting such good feedback about my paintings, and I would just want to say thanks so much for the videos that got me started.
Well I bit the bullet and participated in the Opus Art Plein Air Challenge today. It was held at 6 B.C. locations (Kelowna, Victoria, North Vancouver, 2 Vancouver locations and Langley). I was on my feet from 10 am to 2pm...exhausted! It was so hot, dry and windy that the paint would dry on the brush...no exaggeration! Have handed in my painting (such as it is lol). Judging is at 5pm, so will go back then....although mine is no where near that level...but will be fun to see all the other…Continue
Some of you may already know how to do this, but for those who don't ... here's a tip on fixing dents in your canvas.
This morning I toned a canvas for a new painting and realized I had this horrid big dent in the upper centre portion. Well I no long have a dent. I spritzed water on the back of the canvas and rubbed my hand around on it and it totally went back to its flat shape!!!
Here's a very short video that shows you how to do this.…Continue
So one of the things you don't really think about when starting to sell your paintings. TAXES! I spend a good week every year trying to pull together my sales and expense info in order to do my taxes. The funny part of this is that I am a bookkeeper in my day job! I can set up a company and take care of everything from bills to payroll. Yet I always seem to leave it all for the end of the year in my own business!
I have everything all set up on Quickbooks software, it would be so easy…Continue
Ha! Remember what I said about tweaking? Well, this needed some more reflected light on the trunk of the tree where it melded with the shrubs behind it on the right side. Lost and found edges are one thing, visual confusion is quite another! I also added the hint of the queen Anne's lace in the…Continue