A Portrait Painting Palette System that Works

Portrait Painting Palette

Portrait painters want to capture the likeness of their unique subjects with fresh living color. Yet, many artists struggle with a portrait painting palette for mixing beautiful skin or flesh tones. Canadian portrait artist, Steven Rosati offered to share his own portrait palette with Fine Art Tips.  The Steven Rosati Portrait Palette System will help you paint beautiful and believable flesh tones. Steven Rosati's Portrait Painting Palette … [Read more...]

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

As an artist I am always exploring new ideas from painting techniques, mediums, subject matter and even different ways in which to display artwork. Lately, I have been creating encaustic works on beautiful handmade Japanese paper. These small encaustics are delicate and a traditional frame overwhelms them. So, I've decided to float them off the wall without a frame. Here's how I did it... I used 4 duplex nails for each individual piece … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Create Depth in Your Landscape Painting

6 Ways to Create Depth in Your Landscape Painting

Have you ever felt as though you could walk right into a beautiful landscape painting? Like a magician, the artist has transposed the third dimension onto a flat canvas, and you the viewer are lured into a world made of paint. Creating a believable landscape painting with depth really isn't some magic trick, it's technique. For more than a century, skilled artists have used some of the following techniques to carefully orchestrate a convincing … [Read more...]

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_lim/1557978846 While you may not always be inspired, the designs, colors and decorations that surround you can help stimulate and boost your creativity. If you're an artist of any kind, your workspace should be comfortable—aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and business savvy. Also, privacy is important. Every artist, or writer needs a room of one's own, as Virginia Woolf famously … [Read more...]

Palette Knife Painting Tips

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Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool to master because the initial application of paint is so direct and striking. There is a purity of color that can be achieved when painting with a knife that is very different than with a brush. The “creaminess” of the paint really … [Read more...]

Extracting Beauty from Pain Through Art

Extracting Beauty from Pain Through Art

For many artists, the desire to paint is inevitably born out of an urge to represent the beautiful, to celebrate an event, or emotion in a positive light. Yet for many others, as diverse as Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya and more recently the Chapman Brothers, the inspiration for art emerges from a far darker place, pain. The medium of painting provides the ideal conduit upon which artists can express their emotions, both negative and positive, … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Using Neutrals In Art

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Neutrals are any set of tones created when mixing two complementary colors and any amount of white. In the beginning, I failed to realize the connection between using both neutrals and saturated colors in my paintings, and ultimately my work suffered. But, when I started thinking in terms of neutrality and saturation my work dramatically began to improve. Over time I became more sensitive to subtleties and shifts in color temperature. In the … [Read more...]

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Drawing is one of the central elements of visual arts, along playing a crucial role in a multitude of other creative and technical fields, and is one that improves with practice and helps develop other types of visual communication. (Betty Edwards is a pioneer in this area, and inspired this post with her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Check out her site.) Artist and master draughtsman David Hockney has stated that: Being … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

Social media has been being used by successful people since it first came out. The thought of having so many people using these sites can be intimidating, but really social media can make your website thrive. Even if you only attract a very tiny fraction of the people within social media sites, your site will be successful. So to help you realize why you should be getting yourself into social media as soon as possible, here are 5 … [Read more...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

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My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the time. You can read my review here > … [Read more...]


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