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Fixing a Dent in your Canvas

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.…


Added by Wanda McDonald on April 8, 2015 at 9:40am — 6 Comments

Getting exposure

I am donating 45 paintings to a charity to be sold at their fund raiser. I will be there to promote them. Who knows what may develop. I have so much fun painting that they are stacking up in my home! I have to move them out. Any other ideas?

Added by Robert Butler on April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Ugh Taxes.

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…


Added by Karen Ilari on March 23, 2015 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

Spring Challenge....Now I'm Done!

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…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 14, 2015 at 1:13pm — 9 Comments

Spring Challenge 2015

Now I have reached the place that I always wind up when I paint....I find I am moving paint, maybe changing the painting, but…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 13, 2015 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

Spring Challenge 1/2 way through...


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 13, 2015 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

Spring Challenge -IP

Once the under painting is dry I set up my Masterson Palette and get ready to start pushing paint...The 1st layers…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 12, 2015 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

Spring Challenge - Day 2

Now that I have the color palette worked out, the next step is all about the under painting.  I want…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 12, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments

Next few steps...

OK, I have used a simple B pencil to draw-sketch the composition onto the board and then sealed it with a spray fixative so the graphite does not bleed into the paint when I start painting.  Next issue is choosing a palette....I am working for a high value study over all to force myself out of that mid range…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 11, 2015 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Spring Challenge.....

One of the most difficult aspects of painting a landscape is reducing the massive amount of information hitting my eyes to a simple format that will communicate the thought that I want to discuss.  We know that painting is a form of communication, a visual dialog from between the artist and the viewer. In…


Added by Lynda Dinneen on March 11, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Conservation Issues - ( part 2 of 2)

Acrylic paint films have properties completely unlike any other medium, and these properties have to be respected in order to produce a quality product. They also vary considerably between manufacturers; the actual polymers may not be "acrylics" per se, but polyurethanes, vinyl acetates, and/or acrylic/styrene co-polymers either singly or in mixtures with actual acrylic polymers. The chemistry and film properties vary accordingly, so one brand may not react the same as another.



Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Conservation issues (1 of 2 parts)

As noted in some of my other comments, a number of my earlier acrylic works were basically destroyed by SID (Substrate Induced Discoloration). This results from the water in the applied paint dissolving acids or impurities in the painting support and transferring these chemicals to the paint film as it dries. The end product can be nasty stains that are impossible to remove. I also noted that without a final sealer, the acrylic film remains somewhat "tacky" and any surface dust or dirt can…


Added by Charles Eisener on December 12, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Line drawing of photos using Photoshop

Don't know about the rest of you, but I find it harder to produce a decent line drawing from a photo than from life. Some shapes, like boat hulls, can be a real pain trying to figure out the perspective. I found a quick way to produce a line "drawing" from a photo using Photoshop. My software is nearly 10 years old, and apparently this works many versions, so you do not need the latest and greatest.

Just remember to save the line image with a new or modified file name so you do not…


Added by Charles Eisener on December 10, 2014 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

photos I post on here....

Just so you all know. Any photos that I post on this website are free for all to use. No worries. That's why I post them. So that if you get stuck for new material, you can access my page and get some new ideas. Free.

Added by Rosemary Clark on November 30, 2014 at 6:08pm — 3 Comments

Reduce the drying effect of your painting surface

Several individuals have noted that acrylics seem to be absorbed by the surface of the substrate, whether canvas, faux canvas, or paper. Gesso surfaces are porous by nature, and the water does sometimes seem to prefer the gesso to the paint! There is, however, a very easy fix that works on all substrates, and chance are you already have some in your painting area.

The magic potion is matte medium. Give the painting surface a complete coat of matte medium and then let it dry overnight…


Added by Charles Eisener on October 2, 2014 at 7:35pm — 6 Comments


Added by Rosemary Clark on March 30, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments


Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

some reference pictures for you all

Added by Rosemary Clark on March 29, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Frist lesson fron Art Tudor

Well here is may 1st. lesson from Art Tudor. I just finished it. I want to get better at this before I try one of Karen's lessons. Any and all feed back is…


Added by John N Blank on March 23, 2014 at 11:42am — 6 Comments

Updated tree painting

Hi Karen. I want to thank you for your input on this painting. I added, lengthened  and thickened the branch's. Running the branch's off the edge made a big difference. I am a lot happier with it now and hope you think it looks better also.…


Added by John N Blank on March 22, 2014 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

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