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The Beauty of a Block-In

Focusing on details early in the process is a lot of fun, but it invariably turns out a drawing that doesn’t look right. You have to start big and work small, which is why most skilled artists always start their drawings with a block-in.

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Colored Pencil Bliss

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a five-day seminar on “The Joys of Colored Pencil.” While that may have been the topic of the class, the true joy came to me through the wonderful group of people I had attending. It was an incredible experience.

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Introduction to Encaustics

Landscape Painting with Wax: It’s So Easy! Learn how to paint an abstract landscape using encaustics. If you’ve never painted with wax before, this medium has some exciting possibilities that makes it both fun (and easy) to work with, as well as creating some really cool effects. In Encaustic Adventure with Bela Fidel (Parts...

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Take Your Art Further

There's a fine line between being finished with a piece of art, and having gone too far into the world of overkill. I have drawn myself right into a ditch at times, knowing I should've quit while I was ahead. But unless you have a lot of experience, chances are you're not going far...

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Rebels Against the Grain of Society

With 40 years of painting and teaching under his belt, Dean Nimmer has recently come out with a book that speaks to those of us who look at things a little more deeply than some. Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, includes exercises on abstract art for beginners (and those with...

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5 Acrylic Paint Application Techniques

In a painting class, often many students express to me a similar goal: “I want to get past that stupid AWKWARD STAGE!” I use the term awkward stage in my acrylic painting books. The awkward stage refers to the painful point in the painting process where everything is blocked in and you feel nothing...

Hands Across America by Scott Royston

Free Download | Stunning Still Life Art

This free download, from Artist’s Network, features stunning still life fine art and the artists’ stories behind the creation of each the featured still lifes. Best Still Life Painting Techniques and Stories that Inspire, tells the stories of award-winning still life oil, still life watercolor, and other still life fine art from The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual...