Tips
Tips

Tips (78)

Monday, 15 December 2014 16:06

Putting Many Colors in the Shadows

Written by

A painting by California artist Kim VanDerHoek ably demonstrated the artist's prerogative to look closely for somewhat unexpected colors in a scene to strengthen a piece. The painter explains how it happened. 

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Mary Jabens's "Virgin River." 

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:44

Gilkerson's 7 Crucial Plein Air Tips

Written by

South Carolina artist Mary Bentz Gilkerson paints arresting, vibrant plein air paintings with significant impasto. It takes a bold brush to do that. She recently distilled crucial advice to plein air painting newcomers on her blog. What's her list of seven plein air painting tips? 

Monday, 15 December 2014 15:09

Painting on Shellacked Paper

Written by

A case of mistaken identity has Richard Gallego painting on watercolor paper that's been coated with shellac. He likes the results. 

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, David Savellano's "First Rain." 

Monday, 08 December 2014 14:10

Hear it Again, Differently: Values

Written by

Values. They are what make a painting read and succeed. We all know it, but many of us still have to work hard to use values properly. Maybe we need to hear it in many ways, in different voices, suggesting other techniques. How about this: 

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:49

Painting Wrecks in England

Written by

The trim lines of well-designed boats are catnip for painters, but the rusting hulks of wrecked ships have their appeal as well. Steven Alexander paints them both, although he points out one benefit of painting wrecks.... 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:25

Painting a Moving Bullet

Written by

We've all watched sunsets. The colors change dramatically every few seconds. New York painter Kenneth Salaz seems to catch the height of those fleeting colors in his Hudson Valley sunsets. How does he do it? 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:13

How to Protect Your Eyes from Snow Blindness

Written by

Jane Hunt's eyes ached when she recently painted a snow scene, so she tried to crowd-source a solution: She went to Facebook and asked other artists how they handle bright days in snowy climes. It's not just a matter of comfort; snow blindness is a real threat, and eyes need protection from light in all seasons, not just in the sunny summertime. The ensuing discussion yielded much good information. 

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:25

Salon Judge Looks for Work Done From Life

Written by

The October-November contest in the PleinAir Salon wraps up November 30 (get your entries in now!), and the judge for this contest, Joseph McGurl, explains what he'll be looking for in a submission. 

Page 1 of 6

Plein Air Store



 
 
PAT FREE Weekly Newsletter!