Top Art Techniques & Tips

Bring new life to your work with our wide selection of art demonstrations, techniques and tips. A new painting pointer, drawing trick or art tool might make the difference in your next still life or portrait. Now you can paint with knives or learn how to scumble. Art techniques can stretch across media, so whether you work with watercolor, oil, colored pencil or pastel you’ll find something to advance your art.

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Color Mixing Demo with Koo Schadler

This demonstration is from “What Color Is Red?” by Koo Shadler from the January/February issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Lesson in Local Color By Koo Schadler Image 1 is a simple still life photo that I give to students as a preliminary painting exercise. Not uncommonly, a student begins by identifying the local colors of the various...

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Watercolor Tutorial with Judy Betts

This demonstration is from “Chords of Color” by Holly Davis in the July/August issue of The Artist’s Magazine. “Chords of Color” By Judy Betts “First, an idea!” as Rex Brandt would say. You must have a passion for the subject you paint. As children, my sister and I shared a horse, and my husband and I...

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Organizing Pastels

The more pastels we acquire the more difficult it can become to keep track of them, especially once they are removed from original packaging and labels have been removed. Initially I tried to keep copious records of which pastels made up various working palettes. When there were only a couple of brands of pastels...

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Be Forever Inspired by Light and Color

Capturing the light falling on a subject is a challenge that artists have sought out for centuries. In order to convey the mood and atmosphere of light in the medium of pastel,we must learn how color communicates light’s temperature, and select our pigments accordingly.

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A Season of Introspection | Painting the Winter Season in Pastel

Having easy access to the irrigation canals that still honeycomb the valley in southern Oregon where I live allows me to visit them throughout the year. Even when there is no time for a quick drawing or field sketch painting, I will take a drive past them for inspiration and often stop for a...