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Easy Steps to Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a challenge. For artist John D. Cogan, acrylic painting helps him capture the landscapes and wildlife of the American West. Balanced with the knowledge of a scientist and the eye of a plein air painter, John focuses on color and the effects of light [...]

A Portrait Painting Palette System that Works

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. Steven unveiled his newest painting of the great Dr. Trevor W. Payne at his Gala reception hosted by the Coloured Women's Club of Montreal, founded in 1902. Canadian portrait artist, Steven Rosati offered to share his own portrait palette with Fine Art Tips.  The [...]

Portrait Painting: Worth A Thousand Words

Although portrait painting is an established tradition, recently there has been a resurgence in its popularity. Art lovers from the UK, US, Australia and Canada want to make a statement about their family for posterity. Recently, I was interview by the BBC for an article about portrait painting.  The article, "A Painting Worth a Thousand Words" features my children's portrait that was painted 10 years ago by David Goatley. The life-size portrait of my children proudly [...]

2014-12-01T12:39:58+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Inspiration & Motivation|Comments Off on Portrait Painting: Worth A Thousand Words

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. Nest l ©2014 LMcNee 9x12 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 [...]

Tabletop Artist Palettes by New Wave Art

Once again, my friends at New Wave Art have asked me to try out their latest product design. This time I am reviewing their new POSH tabletop artist palettes. It always feels like Christmas whenever I open up a new box of palettes from New Wave Art. First of all, I'd like to say that I am so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of anything produced by the New Wave Art family. All of their products [...]

2015-01-21T21:14:12+00:00 October 11th, 2014|Art Business Tips, Art Gallery Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on Tabletop Artist Palettes by New Wave Art

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 landscape painting. Learn [...]

7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric landscape paintings. But don’t let her size fool you, Romona believes the canvas is a ‘war zone’. She attacks the painting with her weapons of choice including sandpaper, brush ends, palette knives and rags. The canvas endures many layers of scraping, wiping [...]

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie loves to paint, he is a student of his craft and has made remarkable artistic improvements within the 5 years we have been conversing. Below are his tips on how to improve your art! How To Dramatically Improve Your Art 20 hours a [...]

Palette Knife Painting Tips

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 [...]

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

I’m addicted to learning. I grew up in a household where education is extremely important and success was achieved by studying and working hard at whatever you desire. This mentality has stuck with me all of my life. So, in my journey to become a good artist, I have to find resources, and art blogs for learning. So, what do I look for in a art blog? Several things: Excellent artwork. Interesting ideas that I can adapt with [...]