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...]

Enjoying My Artist Palette By New Wave

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Since college, I haven't painted with a handheld artist palette. In the past, I have found these classic palettes to be cumbersome, uncomfortable to hold, and a chore to clean. So when I received a box filled with two beautiful handmade artist palettes from my Twitter friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, I was a little bit apprehensive about using them! Grateful for the gift, I first decided to test-out the Highland plein air palette while … [Read more...]

New Still Life Painting Workshop with Lori McNee

spider monkey oil painting

This workshop was a great success! Hope to see you next time... Come paint with me in January! I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a week long still life painting workshop in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. ***** Still Life Painting with Lori McNee  Mon-Fri, Jan 28- Feb 1st, 6-9pm $210/ $260 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Mon, Jan 14 ***** During your week in Sun … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

snow covered landscape painting

A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the importance … [Read more...]

The Highland Plein Air Artist Palette by New Wave

artist palette history

Much to my delight, I recently received a box filled with two beautiful artist palettes from my Twitter friends, Kyle and Keith O'Brien of New Wave Fine Art Products. Kyle asked me to test out their Highland plein air palette, plus their mid-size Grand View Confidant. Lately, I've noticed a lot of artists are favoring the handheld artist palette over the artist taboret. I witnessed this last month while painting in Maine with T. Allen Lawson, so … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Linen Painting Panels

laminall hardboard masonite panel

  Save money and learn how to make your own professional looking hardboard panels. In this video demonstration, I will show you just how easy it is. I learned how to easily mount linen or canvas on hardboard last month while painting with master artist, T. Allen Lawson. The supplies you will need:  A hardboard panel, cut to the desired size. A piece of linen or canvas, cut to the size of the hardboard panel. Leave about 1/4 … [Read more...]


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