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Watercolor techniques | Johannes Vloothuis, ArtistsNetwork.com

Watercolor Techniques: Controlling the Paint

What separates watercolor from the other opaque mediums is the brilliance and the amount of light the painting has. I would even take the liberty to say that the overall painting seems to be one value lighter. You can place a watercolor on a wall and you really don’t need gallery lights, whereas with...

Still life painting by Jane Jones | ArtistsNetwork.com

Painting the Illusion of Light, Part 3: Still Life Painting

The following is Part 3 of a series of guest blog posts on still life painting from expert painter Jane Jones, who often contributes to The Artist’s Magazine (read her feature articles here). Part 3: Painting the Illusion of Light in a Still Life Painting by Jane Jones  When you’re trying to create the illusion...

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Plein Air Profile | Artist Kevin Macpherson

The following is a guest blog post by Cindy Salaski, author of Oil Painting with the Masters: Essential Techniques from Today’s Top Artists. Here, she profiles Kevin Macpherson, who teaches readers how to create a dynamic landscape painting by using bold brushstrokes in Oil Painting with the Masters. Kevin Macpherson majored in illustration at Northern...

Kristy Gordon, art business advice | ArtistsNetwork.com

How I Got Into An Art Gallery: Kristy Gordon

In this guest blog post about art business, artist Kristy Gordon shares her experience on how she got into an art gallery and became a professional artist. Her work is featured in the September 2015 issue of The Artist’s Magazine (get the issue here!) How I Got Into An Art Gallery by Kristy Gordon I...

What you need to know about watercolor pigments | Johannes Vloothuis, ArtistsNetwork.com

What You Need to Know About Watercolor Pigments

Watercolor artists who take their craft seriously will know the different classification of the paints and how to exploit them. In my last tutorial I indicated the differences in the watercolor paper. Now we will analyze what goes on the paper and how these pigments behave for watercolor painting. Classification of Pigments Used for Watercolor...

Types of watercolor paper | Johannes Vloothuis, ArtistsNetwork.com

Understanding the Different Grades of Watercolor Paper

This tutorial will deal with the comparisons of hot pressed, cold pressed and rough watercolor paper. To begin with the usage of the term “paper” is a misnomer. In a way this term devalues the price for watercolor paintings in galleries. It suggests the surface is not permanent because the image is painted on...