How to Steal A Van Gogh Idea For Your Own Portrait Painting

Portrait of Eugène Boch

When it comes to color, we can certainly learn, or even better, steal from the masters. My all time favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh, who is my inspiration, mentor, and I dare tell you, my dream-lover! Here is how I used the great artist's idea in two of my own paintings, one a self portrait and the other a portrait of my 1-year-old daughter. The Inspiration "Portrait of Eugène Boch" may not be the most famous Van Gogh but it is one of … [Read more...]

Tips For Drawing Realistic Pet Portraits

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Knowledge of animal anatomy is the key to drawing realistic pet portraits. It is what makes a drawing come alive, as opposed to being just a likeness. As a former zookeeper and veterinary technician, I am fortunate to have come face-to-face with many different animals – wild, exotic and domestic. Seeing them up close, and getting to touch and hold them, has served to be an invaluable reference for my pet portraits. Here are a few considerations … [Read more...]

Glazing Tips For Solvent Free Oil Painting

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For over 10 years, I have been enjoying the benefits of solvent free oil painting. I often get asked technical questions on how to use these solvent free oils - also known as 'water mixable' or 'water soluble' oil paints. Recently, I received a question on my Fine Art Tips Facebook Page about glazing tips. In this video below, Cobra demonstrates how to properly use their glazing medium. I hope it helps!  For those of you who have tried … [Read more...]

Setting Up A Small Encaustic Wax Studio

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Lately, I have been experimenting with encaustic wax painting. For those of you who don't know, encaustic painting is an ancient art form of 'hot wax painting' that dates back thousands of years. In Greek, the term “encaustic” means to "burn in" and is used to describe both the paint itself, and the method for using it. But because of this 'burning in' technique, special studio precautions must be taken to ensure the artist's safety. Proper … [Read more...]

Color Mixing: Don’t Always Stick to the Rules

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On color mixing, there are two rules I don't agree with. Don't mix more than three colors together at a time. Don't use black in your painting. Mixing "Mud"/Grays: Muddy colors. We all hear about them, but what are they really? Do they look muddy because they're gray. Or, are they just misused colors? Some artists say if you mix more than three colors you will get mud. I've heard this many times and I disagree. At the … [Read more...]

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

Not everyone is gifted with skillful hands. However, when it comes to drawing, you can do it as long as you have the confidence and willingness to learn. You don’t need expensive paper or pencils to learn drawing. In fact, if you are determined to learn how to draw, you will use available resources. Source: piccsy.com via Lori on Pinterest   Follow these 9 easy steps to learn drawing, and you will be able to draw anything that … [Read more...]

Improve Composition & Design Using the Concept of Yin Yang

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Did you know the Chinese concept of yin-yang can be used to improve composition in art and design? Our goal as artists is to lead the viewer's eye into and around the painting while keeping interest in the focal point.  Using the design aspects of yin-yang can help. Natural dualities such as male and female, light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, water and fire, and so on, are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Approach To Plein Air Painting

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Plein air painting intrigues and intimidates the heck out of me.  I thoroughly enjoy the time out in nature painting en plein air, but I end up moaning with frustration as to painting what is in front of me. When it comes to painting outside I get so overloaded with “information” that I just freeze up and have no idea how to proceed.  But I’ve never been one to quit easily, so I’m inching my way into plein air painting very, very gently.  I hope … [Read more...]

Glazing And Cold Wax Oil Medium Painting Techniques

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In this informative video demonstration, artist Pierre Giroux demonstrates how-to enhance your underpainting by using glazing and cold wax medium techniques. Glazing and cold wax medium adds texture and visual depth to oil paintings. I have been exploring the use of cold wax medium and love it! I hope you enjoy this video... If you found this video helpful, you might like some of my own instructional painting videos too. You can see … [Read more...]

Struggling With Your Painting? Turn It Upside Down

yellow carp fish

Each painting creates its own special set of problems, because each one is its own lesson in itself. As you are painting, you are going to discover things along the way that will alter your original approach. Are you squinting a lot when you are viewing your unfinished painting? Leaning your head to one side, hoping that this will make it all look better? At a loss as to what your next moves are going to be? Like a punch drunk boxer, … [Read more...]


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