Painting Shadows.

In this wonderful informative blog Stacy Kamin leads us through the very complex theory of shadows in when painting Chiaroscuro Oil painting.creating the illusion of space . One of the important techniques is the skill with which light and shadow are used to create the illusion of a three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface.Se The direction of the light determines the shape of the object and cast the shadow, and the the surface where the shadow is cast. “ Shadows are [...]

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Making a Brushstroke

What is the importance of making beautiful  brush strokes when painting in oils. Can I master techniques of brushstrokes.  What effects do I achieve with brush control. These and many more questions will be addressed in this blog. How do I hold the paint brush,  what muscles do I use? Here are the basics in oil painting.     Most oil painting students have difficulty learning brush techniques. And yet, brushstrokes are the most important way to describe a subject and create beautiful paint [...]

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Edges in Painting

How do painters guide the viewer 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. This is the subject of this blog. How do I achieve hard edges? Where do I use a softer edge?  These are questions all of us struggle through.       What do hard and soft edges do in a painting?     This blog explains the uses of hard and soft [...]

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varnishing your oil painting

How do I preserve my painting from dust ,grime, and the elements. What are conservators struggle with old paintings The blog willed let you in on David Leffel’s method of varnishing a painting and what mediums other artists and conservators are using today. This Blog will describe different types of varnishes . What there benefits are . Below the video will interview David Leffel , talking about mastic varnish , when he uses it .   Mastic Varnish- Mastic Varnish is clearer than dammar [...]

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Advice For Starting Painting Later in Life

Could I be a late bloomer, does painting and drawing have an age limit. Can I find my artistic outlet at any age? May I have hidden talent lying in wait. Do you feel maturity bring an understanding, and appreciation to the process of painting? We feel working hard at any age will promote good brain health.   Learning something new at any age is expanding your consciousness. We try and explain this topic so that we all can find a place [...]

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Did Rembrandt, Glaze

  Did Rembrandt Glaze? How Did Rembrandt Paint?   This blog will cover why Rembrandt could not possibly have glazed his paintings.You will see a video explaining all the benefits and drawbacks associated with glazing and scumbling.   The consistancy of Rembrandt’s work suggests a temperament not consistent with the laborious techniques of glazing. Watching this blog you will gleen a certain insight into to techniques used by 17th century master Rembrandt.  Most artist struggle between mastering technique versus spontaneity.     To [...]

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY, Sherrie McGraw

 What is Sherrie McGraw’s teaching philosophy?  How should a student pick an art teacher?  How does an art student get better?   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 her knowledge and time. In the video below,  McGraw will give advice to students on studio work habits and reasons why a student chooses a teacher.This blog will also address the issues involved in [...]

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How the Golden Section and Golden Mean Help in Composition

What is the Golden Section, Golden Ratio or Golden Mean in Art? 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 ratio of 1 to 1.618. Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician, discovered a relationship of numbers that create a pleasing design. Without [...]

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Seeing Planes in Art

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 clearly. If students want to learn how to paint, then understanding the logic behind planes and light is vital. Most art students do not look for how light defines planes, so [...]

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Glazing and Scumbling, Oil Painting

  What is Glazing in painting? What is Scumbling in painting? When do artists use glazing to intensify 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 the process of scumbing can also be a useful process to oil painters. Because both of these techniques have long been misunderstood, you’ll learn how to glaze and scumble in this blog.    David A Leffel will share the historical distinction [...]

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