Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.
If you’re chomping at the bit (yes, I said it) to draw a realistic horse, it takes practice, as well as an understanding of the bone and muscle structure that lies beneath its coarse hair. With that in mind, here’s a mini-demo on how to draw a horse’s head.
Johannes Vloothuis addresses the challenges artists face when they want to paint waterfalls. Read his tips for painting water, and see an expert example here.
Lee Hammond identifies barriers every art student must overcome to achieve their next level of artistic success. Lee sheds light on the barriers in hopes students will overcome them with more artistic awareness.
Try Negative Painting Techniques Now! Take a new approach to painting with these art lessons demonstrating negative painting techniques! In Painting Outside the Lines with Linda Kemp, learn how to paint around objects to define them using layers of color to create depth in your paintings. This process works great for natural objects, from...
A landscape painting tutorial from Johannes Vloothuis: How to make foregrounds with exciting visual paths that will usher your viewer to explore your painting.
Don’t let the title fool you; even if you’re experienced with this medium, you may learn something new.
With Stan Prokopenko’s guidance, you can learn how to acknowledge your drawing mistakes, and then how to fix them. With practice, you’ll find that it becomes easier to draw accurately the first time.
Johannes Vloothuis offers tips for painting snow with warm colors to create a painting that viewers will love.
Brush watercolor over the abstract shapes formed by the ridges of crinkled rice paper to convey the appearance of foliage and blossoms. Cheng-Khee Chee shows how.
If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.