Color Mixing & The Art of Tone Value & Scheme

Energize your artwork with color mixing techniques covering everything from the principle of simultaneous contrast, how to mix paint colors and color palette ideas to using the right color value and tone, working with complementary colors and developing the perfect color scheme.

How to Paint an Apple

How to Paint Dramatic Light with Patrick Howe

Paint Dramatic Light Whenever I talk to artists, I find that they always have one thing in common, no matter what their subject or medium is: they talk about painting the light. How the light falls on your subject, whether you’re painting a landscape or a still life, determines the depth you see and...

Watercolor Painting Techniques

Watercolor Painting Techniques in Motion with Birgit O’Connor

Watercolor Painting Techniques for Beginners If you need some down time between all the festivities of the season, there’s no better way to relax and re-center yourself than through painting, and get an early start on one of those New Year’s Resolutions! With all the decorations about and family and friends visiting, you’ll have...


Beyond Realism with Abstract Painting

ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES As any abstract artist will tell you, painting what you see doesn’t mean you have to paint it exactly as you see it! Instead, why not take inspiration from the landscapes around you, but turn them into beautiful abstract paintings? You can learn how to create a whole world of material that...

Basic color theory, acrylic painting by Patti Mollica

Kick up the Color!

While I wouldn’t describe all of Patti Mollica’s paintings as quiet, I would say they’re humbly bold. She could use all the colors of the rainbow, but instead she goes in for the win by narrowing her choices, coming up with art that speaks volumes.