Before laying paint to canvas, it’s a good idea to assess your subject in terms of pure abstraction. John Hughes explains.
Improve your drawing skills to achieve accurate placement and proportions in your paintings. The good news is that you don’t have to stop painting in order to improve your drawing; it’s not an either–or situation. Read on to shine a light on this challenge!
Pastel artist Nancie King Mertz shares how she created a recent landscape with a unique composition in this step-by-step demonstration.
This advice from Johanne Mangi, one of the world’s top painters of dog portraits, will get you going in the right direction toward painting our canine counterparts.
In recent years, top plein air painters have been using painting procedures associated with academic studio painting. Painters like Marc Dalessio, Joseph McGurl, and Matt Chinian all frame their landscape subjects inside a rigid viewer, then paint exactly what they see inside that rectangle. Find out why.
Quite frankly, these elements are the glue that holds every good painting together and, conversely, is the reason some paintings fall apart!
For artists, a proportional wheel is (or should be) an indispensable tool. See why in this guest blog post from John Pototschnik.
We asked some of your favorite plein air artists about their palettes and what colors — and brands — they use to create stunning landscapes.
Artists from the California Art Club share their experiences from — and advice for — painting in Yosemite.
If you’re still in the early phases of your art journey, you’ll appreciate these practical nuts and bolts of getting started as an artist.
Why is taking risks so important for our growth as artists, especially when it comes to confidence? Jed Dorsey explains in this excerpt from “The Confident Artist.”
See a landscape painting come to life step-by-step in this behind-the-scenes look into Lori Putnam’s recent painting, “Downtown Charlotte.”
To help market her artwork, Lynn Dunbar summarized her approach to plein air and studio painting and emphasized her response to the spirit, vitality, and beauty of her home state.
If we only paint observationally and we rely on our visual perceptions, we are often wrong in our drawing and our values. Here’s why.
Even master pastelist Albert Handell has had paintings rejected from art shows — see what he has to say about this inevitable part of being an artist.
If you’re experiencing a creative block, consider giving cold wax medium a try. Here, Randall Graham shares some basic techniques for beginners. Bonus: Watch a video on how to use cold wax!
The art of painting is a head game. It requires a distraction-free environment that allows you to get into the painting zone and lets things go smoothly.
Robin Cheers admits that this might sound strange, but this tool can actually help you make correct marks from the start.
John Pototschnik explains the six factors that determine how much you should charge for your paintings.
Thomas Jefferson Kitts explains how to trim down your supplies and equipment, plan a painting trip, and return home with a collection of useful plein air paintings. Bonus: Learn from his step-by-step landscape painting demonstration!