Author Archives: Sarah Hall

Practicing Watercolor Buildings in the Idyllic English Countryside

Watercolor is perfectly suited to painting the soft, organic shapes in landscapes…but what about the hard lines of architecture? If you find yourself avoiding adding watercolor buildings to your art, this video is for you! Artist Geoff Kersey takes you to the Peak District to practice this essential skill, from sketching...

Master the Basics with a Color Mixing Lesson from Mark Menendez

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been painting for years, the ability to work confidently with color is one of the most essential skills an artist can possess. This color mixing lesson from Mark Menendez is a perfect introduction for beginners and a great review for more advanced painters! Remember...

Watercolor Challenge: Bluebonnets with Jean Haines | ArtistsNetwork.tv

Watercolor Challenge: Bluebonnets

Love Jean Haines’ loose, lovely painting style? Try it yourself with this simple watercolor challenge! Follow along with Jean as she demonstrates painting bluebonnets in just a few minutes. It’s a great way to practice, warm up, and put spare scraps of watercolor paper to good use. For this watercolor challenge, you will need:...

Abstract Inspiration with Dean Nimmer

Do you ever sit down to make art and find yourself freezing up instead? Break the ice with acclaimed abstract artist Dean Nimmer! Dean’s new video on ArtistsNetwork.tv includes 9 fun and easy ideas for unlocking your spontaneity and creativity. Keep reading for two ways to find abstract inspiration with shadows! Dean...

Pastel Portrait Demonstration: Tips on Painting from Life

Portraits have plenty of challenges on their own, and painting from life can add even more variables. Keep reading for tips from artist Brian Keeler as he presents a pastel portrait demonstration to a group of students! “There’s this…system of thirds, which I refer to a lot. Start with that idea of...

Watercolor Painting Demonstration: City Lights

Rain on the pavement, the frenetic energy of busy people, taxis flying by…there’s so much inspiration to be found in a city scene. In this watercolor painting demonstration, the star of the show is a wet sidewalk reflecting vibrant neon lights. Follow along with acclaimed artist Paul Jackson and learn how to...

Painting Solutions with Nancy Reyner

As much as we might wish all our paintings came out perfect the first time, most paintings go through a process. The ability to look at a work in progress and figure out how to improve it is a skill of its own. Want to get better at critiquing your own work?...

4 Underpainting Techniques for Pastel Painting

Underpainting techniques can influence every part of a pastel painting, from composition to color. Follow along with Stephanie Birdsall to see four different ways of starting a painting! Stephanie says: “One of the things that’s important to me before I begin a painting is that I have a clear idea of what...

Watercolor Mindfulness with Jean Haines | ArtistsNetwork.com

Watercolor Mindfulness: Paint Yourself Calm

Change your mood and lift your spirits with the simple joy of color! Follow along with watercolorist Jean Haines in her new video, Watercolor Mindfulness, as she guides you through exercises designed to help you let go of stress and truly enjoy your painting time. Try the simple relaxation techniques listed...

Oil Painting Demonstration: Figures in a Sunny Café

Desmond O’Hagan is your guide in this oil painting demonstration as you learn to interpret the light in this sunny café scene! Desmond’s style is bold and direct, never overworking the details. “The constant challenge of painting…a slightly more complicated scene,” he says, “is the challenge to simplify, really keeping your...