painting techniques

How to Paint Wildlife Animals

April 1, 2012

How to paint animals can be a challenging subject to master! Like most folks, artists tend to gravitate to subjects that hold their interests. We paint what we love and find this to be the most rewarding aspect of learning to paint. There are however some subjects that require learning extra painting techniques and guidance for there to […]

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Painting For Beginners – What is “blending” and why is it important?

March 24, 2012

Painting For Beginners can start with learning a blending painting technique. The art of blending is an important painting technique for the novice painter to learn. Realistic painting styles that have gone down in history all incorporate blending into their art. But what is blending? And why is it considered an important  painting technique when teaching painting […]

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Understanding Color And Light – Painting For Beginners

March 16, 2012

Painting For Beginners – Understanding Color and Light When painting, there are many directions you can go to create an art piece. Art can be simple or complex, elaborate or basic. Any of these styles, and many more, are beautiful. Color and light play an important role in all of these methods. It is important […]

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Why Color Is Such An Important Part of Paintings

February 24, 2012

Color brings something special to your work of art. While painting in black and white often brings a classic feel, color can make your art piece pop. Color can make the viewer feel as though they are looking through a window, not at a painting. Additionally, color brings depth and life to a masterpiece. Use […]

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Overcome a Mental Block

February 2, 2012

We all hit a mental “road block” from time to time. Previously we’ve touched upon finding your inspiration, but what if you feel that you have the inspiration but are stuck at a stop sign on how to go about bringing your dream to life? Try one of these tips when you feel you’re at […]

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Find your inspiration in unlikely places.

January 27, 2012

When it comes time to sit down and paint, sometimes it can be hard to muster up the will to do so. You may drag your feet, find chores to do, anything that keeps you away from your canvas. This is the perfect time to sit down and work through the road block. But what […]

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Tips For Painting Realism

January 18, 2012

When painting real life items, trying to capture every detail that makes it realistic can be difficult. How do you take an image from everyday life and make it appear as though your painting is a photograph? To start,choose your subject matter carefully. Sometimes choosing an item that holds value in your life is ideal. […]

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Stenciling: Another Great Art Technique

January 7, 2012

If you love art, but are not a fan of painting, maybe it’s time to try stenciling. Stenciling creates great results, just like painting would. You can use stenciling to create framed pictures, patterns, or even as a border around a room. Children can also get involved in stenciling and incorporate it into created clothing. […]

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Tips for Painting Realistic Reflections – Reflective Plains

November 14, 2011

Whether you paint with oils or acrylic paints, it makes no difference, the theory behind reflections is the same.  When we think of painting reflections on water or on shiny surfaces we often think of them as ‘mirror images’ of themselves. However that’s really not so accurate. We may see reflections on mirror like surfaces like water, glass, or […]

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Tips For Achieving Rich Colors in Your Paintings – Glazing Techniques

November 13, 2011

If you want to achieve rich vibrant color, glazing will help you do so. Because glazes are applied in several thin layers, the artist can slowly build color intensity and achieve the richness that translucency and depth of color can provide. With glazing, the  possibilities are endless, but knowing when to use a glaze is a […]

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