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Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack

Each time I travel to plein air painting events, I find it difficult to safely dry my wet paintings, until now! Here’s the interesting story of how one clever artist created a handy, beautifully designed invention for her fellow artist. On the go, or in the studio, the new Dryangle...

How To Use Value to Create Mood in Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can ‘key’ their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values....

Understanding Temperature, Tone and Value in Painting

Understanding the proper use of temperature, tone and value in painting will help with the success of your art. These principles can be applied whether you are plein air painting in the field, or working in portraiture, still lifes, or landscapes your studio. Here is a quick crash course of...

The Psychology of Color For Artists

Color affects people in countless ways. Understanding how to effectively use the psychology of color will help us create more meaningful paintings, eye catching business cards, productive studios, soothing gallery walls, and successful websites. Studies have proven that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection...

9 Easy Steps to Recreating a Masterpiece Painting

What is your favorite masterpiece painting? Have you ever tried to make studies or copies of it? For the artists who have gone to art school, this is probably a no-brainer. But for artists who are mostly self-taught, this is a great way to learn. In this article, I...

Solvent Free Oil Paint Explained

Artists from around the world are discovering the health advantages of oil painting solvent free. Yet, solvent free oil paint still seems mysterious to some. How can oil and water mix? Is solvent free oil paint really oil paint? These questions and more are answered in this short, informative...

Winning Tips to Plein Air Painting the Live Model Outdoors

Plein air painting with a human subject that tells a story can be a challenge, especially outdoors. Yet my friend, Scott Tallman Powers makes the process look so easy! Scott’s process includes plein air painting, photography, compositional studies and studio work. He frequently paints on location and creates reference material to use...

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...

Portrait Painting Palette

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. Canadian portrait artist, Steven Rosati offered to share his own portrait palette with Fine Art Tips.  The Steven...

Portrail 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...

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. 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...

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...

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