I experiment extensively with different brands of pigments in order to find the properties of each color that best suit my techniques. Because I paint in many layers, I have to be concerned with the drying properties of each pigment. I work with faster-drying colors in the beginning and then slower-drying ones for the...
In this excerpt from "Painted Blossoms," Iris Scott explains a fun and experimental way to master the art of mixing color for successful paintings.
Kevin Kelly paints a 48x80 canvas with acrylic, and shows, step by step, how he does it in this demonstration full of acrylic painting tips.
Can you add a little vodka to your paint so that it doesn’t freeze when you’re urban sketching and painting en plein air? Find out here.
White Isn’t Always White One of the mistakes even experienced artists make is to assume that white is actually white. What else would it be? But the white of a shadow on a flower is vastly different from the white of the sun hitting fresh snow, and the mind has a way of interpreting what...
Learn how evoke emotion in your art by using the Munsell Color System. Charlotte Wharton, author of The Language of Energy in Art, explains how.
An excerpt from Ron Hazell's "The Artist's Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor," on creating a value study.
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.
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...
Wilson Bickford says that utilizing color is what brings joy to his painting experience. Here he explains the basic concepts of color theory.
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.