Art Apprentice Online Painting And Art Theory

Focal Area: How To Choose One?

November 23, 2012

How to determine which area could be the most interesting focal area? There are numerous ways to determine which area of the painting could be the most interesting for a focal area.  The number one way that comes to mind  is the area with the greatest contrasts.  We all know that too much of the […]

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Painters Block and Creativity On Demand!

November 10, 2012

“Painter’s Block” and Creativity On Demand! She’s a scary beast that visits from time to time. A Pandora who’s hiding in her box, just waiting to pounce if we only let her have a chance! Painter’s Block is a very real condition that many artists suffer with, including me. Both beginner and experienced artists are […]

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How to Paint Fur – DescribeTexture When Painting Animal Fur

November 6, 2012

There are so many different concepts to learn when we are wanting to know how to paint fur. Texture is one of these concepts. So what is meant by fur texture anyway? Think about the feel of the fur if you passed your hand across the animal. How would it feel to the touch? Texture […]

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Tole Painting – Painting on Tin – Tole Folk Art with Personality!

September 1, 2012

Tole Painting Warms the Heart! For years I admired the character of old painted coffee pots and tea kettles. These charming items popped up in antique stores, museums and magazines such as Country Living, as they were  often showcased in country decorated rooms. Never quite knowing or understanding anything about the folks who had painted these beautiful […]

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Glazing Techniques – Glazing A Painting – Transparent Color

August 8, 2012

Glazing Techniques used for painting flowers is a little like wearing rose colored glasses! When learning how to paint flowers, it is important to understand the painting techniques used to create  their brilliant colors and details. Have you ever looked through a pair of amber colored sunglasses and seen the world bathed in golden light? Glazing Techniques are a little like those […]

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Mixing Paints – Pigment Undertones – What Exactly Are They?

August 7, 2012

When Mixing Paints think of pigment undertone like a hidden personality trait. It’s time to start mixing paints. However there is something important you need to know before you begin. Have you ever picked up a tube of green pigment only to discover it is really quite yellow and not the green it looked like […]

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Landscape Painting-Creating Depth and Distance!

June 23, 2012

Landscape Painting Concepts that draw you into the distance… When learning landscape painting you need to be thinking about ways to convince your viewers by creating the illusion of depth and distance? If you are not thinking about this, your paintings might be simply two dimensional or seem flat. When we refer to dimensional control in landscape painting,  we are referring to creating distance. Landscape […]

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Painting Techniques – The Old Masters Sure Had It Going On!

June 18, 2012

 Simple painting techniques can have great  impact on your art work! Do you ever wonder how painting techniques can have such impact on your work? Folks spend years in search of one technique after another. The great painters of old created amazing artworks with just a few simple painting techniques! There were no ‘magic’ brushes such as a brush for painting hair, another for ribbons, […]

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Composition In Art – What Is Notan?

June 8, 2012

Notan Is a Design Element used for creating composition in art The Japanese use the term ‘Notan’ to describe an important element of design. This concept involves the play of light versus dark. Notan means dark versus light harmony. The Japanese concept of two value Notan uses the simple concept of contrasting light and dark shapes. In […]

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How to Paint Animals – Painting Realistic Wildlife Fur

May 31, 2012

How to paint animals with fur is the question?Painting realistic animals with fur might appear to be the most difficult of all painting techniques to master. However this process is made so much easier to understand when it is broken down into bite size pieces. Painting fur textures, colors and patterns takes a little time […]

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