In this wonderful and informative blog, Stacy Kamin leads us through the very complex theory of shadows when painting light and shadow in the chiaroscuro way of working in oil. In oil painting shadows help create the illusion of dimension. One of the most important techniques is the skill... Read More
What is the importance of making beautiful brushstrokes when painting in oils? Can I master techniques of brushstrokes? What effects can I achieve with brush control? How do I hold the paint brush and what muscles do I use?
These and many more questions will be addressed in this blog.... Read More
How do I guide the viewer's eye through a painting? How do I control soft and hard edges? When does the brain rest on a hard edge and travel over the soft edges in a painting? The use of edges in painting is the subject of this blog. How... Read More
How do I preserve my painting from dust, grime, and the elements?
What are conservators' struggles concerning old paintings?
This blog will not only describe different types of varnish and their benefits, but it will let you in on David Leffel's method of varnishing a painting and what mediums other artists... Read More
Could I be a late bloomer? Does learning to paint and draw have an age limit? Can I find my artistic outlet at any age? Could I have hidden talent lying in wait?
Maturity can bring a richer understanding and appreciation to the process of learning to paint, and learning... Read More
Did Rembrandt glaze?
How did Rembrandt paint?
In this blog David explains why 17thcentury master Rembrandt van Rijn could not possibly have glazed his paintings and how what happens to paint over time mimics the effects of glazing. As well, this video clears up the confusion between glazing and layering. Rembrandt’s... Read More
What is Sherrie McGraw's teaching philosophy?
How should a student pick an art teacher?
How does an art student get better?
Stacy states “This blog will explain Sherrie McGraw’s teaching philosophy. She is one of the best teachers that I have studied with, in part because she is patient and very generous with... Read More
This blog will explain the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio and Golden Section. These terms all refer to the same phenomenon. They reflect a regularly occurring proportional ratio in nature that can be included in your art to achieve effective composition.
The Golden Section is a mathematical ratio commonly found in nature, which is the... Read More
What are Planes?
How do I see planes?
In this blog you will heighten your art education by learning how to see planes. Students often can't decipher separate planes on a subject, which weakens the structural strength of their work. It is important to be aware of planes and to see them... Read More
Glazing and Scumbling in Oil Painting
David A Leffel
What is glazing in painting?
What is scumbling in painting?
When do artists use glazing in the oil painting process? When is it appropriate to use the process of scumbling? Enhancing an oil painting with the use of glazing is a useful tool. Understanding... Read More