Helpful how to tips on painting, drawing and creating!

How to Interpret the Landscape in Paint

"The most important ally in the study of painting is the art of thinking," stated Edgar Payne, famed artist and author. One of my favorite books in my library is by Edgar Payne, "Composition of Outdoor Painting." This little book is packed with a lifetime of knowledge from this famous American landscape painter. It is a must for every serious landscape painter. I have learned that interpreting the landscape in paint is a matter of allowing the influences of  [...]

Tips for Painting Water and Reflections

Recently, a Fine Art Tips reader asked me to share some tips for painting water  and the sun reflections at sunset. Like many, this new painter has been a bit intimidated by depicting  reflected light on water. Painting water is a fairly complex subject. Water, is affected by its surroundings, reflections, depth and clarity. The painting of oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds can be beautiful, but managing to get the water and reflections to look like actual water [...]

How to Make Your Own Inexpensive Small Painting Panels

Marc Hanson, is a talented artist friend who caught my eye not only for his beautiful paintings, but for all the clever art tips, like making your own panels, he shares on Facebook with his adoring fans. Marc is a world class artist and recently won the Oil Painters of America, 'John Marion Pardy Landscape Award of Excellence' for the painting 'Sunday Morning Frost,' a 16x20 oil. A while back, Marc shared a popular article with Fine Art Tips, [...]

Painting with Complementary Colors using Yin Yang

I often enjoy painting with a limited palette. A while ago, I limited my palette to only complementary colors using the ancient 5000 year old Chinese philosophy, the 'balance of opposites' or yin/yang. ©Lori McNee, A Bit of Summer 16x20 After reading  a favorite book - The Yin Yang of Painting I was so inspired by the artist, Hongnian Zhang, I decided to give this approach a try. I was pleased with my first attempt and [...]

The Creation of a Masterful Figurative Painting – Demo

While working on Twitter one day, I discovered the remarkable figurative work of Rob Hefferan.  Rob's breath-taking oil paintings of beautiful women range from dark and brooding, to light infused and optimistic. Inspired by the pre-Raphaelites, each elegant scene realistically captures the essence of his favorite subject, the female form. Rob's paintbrush masterfully depicts soft skin tones, graceful movements,  and touchable fabrics. Rob graciously shared his unique demonstrations with Fine Art Tips. Watch as they magically bring Rob's paintings to life: Please visit Rob Hefferan [...]

Turn an Altoid Box into a Mini Watercolor Travel Set

I am always on the lookout for money saving ideas for the artist. A couple of websites (links below) shared this little creative project which turns an ordinary Altoid mint box into a pocket-sized watercolor travel set... watercolor travel box by Nita Leland Materials: Use an empty Altoid mint metal container Empty plastic 'half-pan' wells for the watercolor paint Hot glue gun Paint brushes (cut the handles to fit in box) Mini squeeze cosmetic bottle (for the water) Easy Construction: Glue the [...]

Sculpting in Clay for Bronze – The Process

As I continue my artistic journey, I am often asked how I do you choose a subject. It is something that continues to evolve as I am a self-taught sculptor. Below is an overview of the steps I follow in creating a sculpture, but the most important part is the concept, which is a reflection of my journey, interpreting the simple and subtle rhythms and textures in nature. The following is an example of my artistic process and [...]

The Importance of Value & Tone in Painting

Little did I know that my drawing background would give me a good foundation in value for my painting. Value is how light or dark that color is. For example: If you took a black and white photograph of your painting, the shades of gray would be the different values within the painting. (©2006 Lori McNee "Approaching Shadows") Simply put, value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue. In painting, value changes can be achieved by adding either black or white [...]

5 Websites to Help You Learn to Draw

by guest author: Andrew Salmon Love to doodle while on the phone or while trying to stay awake during staff meetings or in class? Well, why not develop that natural talent? Whether you’re looking for a career as an artist or just want to indulge in drawing as a hobby, the internet is a great place to learn the basics or further develop the talent you’re already cultivating. Here are five websites that will help you learn [...]

Save Studio Space! How to Make Your Own Painting Racks

My studio space is limited, so I really like this spacing saving tip I learned from my Facebook artist friend. Networking with other artists is just one of the benefits of Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Recently, I met Marc Hanson on Facebook. Marc is not only a talented artist, but a ingenious one at that. Marc's simple studio space saving idea for storing small paintings and drying them too... By guest artist/author Marc Hanson: "I thought that you [...]