Painting with Acrylics – The Mystery Explained!

Red Velvet - Joanne

Have you ever thought about trying your hand at painting, or wondered if acrylics might be the right medium for you? Well, let me encourage you to pick up a paint brush and give them a try! Here are a few reasons why: Acrylics are probably THE most versatile of paints. If you add water to them, you can achieve watercolor effects on paper, but with the permanence of acrylics or oils. (They do not lift off after they dry.) You can paint on … [Read more...]

Luminous Egg Tempera – Tips from a Master


     Egg tempera painting is traditionally seen as a difficult medium due to it's fast drying time. However once you get over the initial learning curve of how the paint handles it can be a very versatile medium for creating luminous works of art. Below are a few guidelines for anyone starting out. 1. Paint Thin and Dry Egg tempera painting is best applied thinly and a in a dry brush manner. Impasto techniques are not well suited … [Read more...]

6 Tips for a Stress Free Sketchbook


A sketchbook is an artist's best friend! Okay...well, sometimes. Other times, it is a pain in the neck, another one of those things you feel you should be doing but do not have the time for. You may be wondering why you should care. A sketchbook is a visual record of your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations and your creative process. It is a collection of your creative endeavours, however formal or casual they might be. A sketchbook is also … [Read more...]

How To Reach Beyond Your Niche on Twitter


When I first began on Twitter in March 2009, my main focus was to attract readers to my fledgling Fine Art Tips blog. My target niche was artists and art collectors. To my surprise, my tweets and blog posts began to capture the attention of a much broader audience. Why? My Twitter updates have an appeal that reaches beyond my own art niche market. Although I tweet about art, I have avoided falling into the trap of over focusing on my … [Read more...]

Watercolor Painting & Its Materials for the Beginner

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Raised on a horse farm with artists prevalent in my family, I was destined to paint horses.  Throughout my thirty years of painting, I have used many mediums to convey my feelings about the things around me, including the horse, but my specialty is watercolor. In the past I have worked in other mediums including oils on canvas, which I still use from time to time. I have worked with pastels and I love them and their brilliant colors, they don’t … [Read more...]

A Pastel Study – Tips & Demo

Photo 3 Cindy Haase

"Why would one do a pastel study?" you might ask. I believe it is for the same reason a pianist practices their scales, or a figure skater practices their figure eights and jumps. Only until those small components of your art become second nature and you have solved the small problems, are you able to put the pieces together into a "long" program where your emotion and passion creates something complete and whole. In "Green Grapes Study" I … [Read more...]

Finding Great Art Instruction – 7 Tips to Help You

Gary Holland hollyhocks

by guest artist/author: Gary Holland Don't we all wish we'd had good art instruction when learning to paint! I did not have that luxury 30 years ago, not having a lot of money to attend a good school, if one existed. Indeed, so few strong art schools existed in the world ruled by abstract expressionism where your art had to be "new under the sun" or it was not valid. Discouraged and then disgusted, I quit trying. Instead I studied music and … [Read more...]

Palette Tips – Organize Your Oil Paints


It was not until I switched from acrylic paints to oils that I understood the importance of an organized palette. As an acrylic painter, I used to haphazardly squeeze fresh paint onto my palette and mix away. Years ago, when I made the switch to oils I enjoyed the longer drying time and workability of the paints, but I didn’t like cleaning up my messy palette. It made it difficult for me to salvage paint and keep clean pigments for the next … [Read more...]

Commissioned Art – Tips to make it a Success!

Late Summer Gathering

At first being asked to paint a commission seems like the ultimate compliment. A prospective collector of your work requests and pays you money to create a personal piece of art. This sounds simple and seems like easy money in the bank. Unfortunately, many artists have had what looks to be a dream job turn into the dreaded commission! Recently, I finished and delivered a $12,000 commissioned painting to its new home. This project was a … [Read more...]

Still Life Painting – Create Your Own Small Universe

Rubies & Porcelain 16x20 72dpi

Many artists still negatively associate the ‘still life’ with memories of mundanely drawing and painting Styrofoam cones and balls in art class! At second glance, it may seem as though the still life painting goes in and out of vogue much like a pair of bell-bottom jeans. However, the reality is that a still life painting is much more like the timeless cashmere sweater – warm, nostalgic and familiar. The joy of painting a still life is that I … [Read more...]




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