Artist T. Allen Lawson shares a tip for using sandpaper while creating a painting.
In the February 2012 issue of Pastel Journal, Doug Dawson shared his principle of the organizational shape. Learn what it is and why it’s instrumental to sorting out a composition.
Pastel artist Sydney McGinley shares a tip on design for paintings.
Robert Armetta shares his tip for checking proportions while painting.
Bill Tilton, featured in The Artist's Magazine, shares a quick tip about composition.
Wildlife artist David N. Kitler strives to keep his art fresh by breaking up the standard composition—working with multiple images and views of his subject.
Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco, who is featured in the November 2011 issue of The Artist's Magazine, builds layers of color in paintings inspired by classical techniques and modern masters' ideas of process and design. Read on for her step-by-step demonstration of The Blue Jug (oil, 18x22).
Producing a pleasing composition is often much harder to accomplish when painting en plein air versus painting in the studio from photographic material. Being surrounded by the vastness and complexity of a natural setting can provide a degree of intimidation as well as unlimited visual distractions, while the photograph is safe and contained.
In some drawings, ordinary objects seem to take on distinctive roles, thereby bringing a work to life. The secret behind this transformation and resulting dynamism may be just a simple matter of contrasting elements. There are many types of contrast and juxtaposition you can use to make your work more engaging. In this article...
This is all well and good for night scenes, but what about daytime scenes? A compressed value scale is still important, but rather than weighting the scale to the dark end, weight it more to the middle. (We rarely see true darks in daytime.) When you start to paint, mix your lightest mixture first...
Just as the manipulation of values can accentuate light, the juxtaposing of colors can dramatically increase the illusion of brilliance.The Impressionists were masters at creating a sense of light by using color cleverly. If you examine their paintings, you’ll see that the trick really comes down to the effective use of complements and near...