Cleaning an Oil Painting

“Over time, a beautiful art collection can lose some of its visual impact due to dust, cobwebs, dirt, water stains and other wear and tear. Fortunately, there are a  strategies for cleaning paintings on canvas that will not damage the paint and will keep an art collection looking its best.” read the rest of the article here- http://www.ehow.com/how_4762005_clean-canvas-paintings.html This was another website I found about Cleaning an oil painting-  http://www.oilpaintingdoctor.com/Pages/default.aspx?gclid=CKvLxPrQrNACFYmffgodGQQD4Q Join The Artist Guild Today and Hone Your Technique!

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Best Easels for Painting

How do I know what kind of easel to buy? This blog recommends an easel for your studio and one for when you are on-the-go. It’s hard to know which easel to get when there are so many to choose from in an art store. I hope these recommendations help.   Choosing the Right Easel  Large studio easels are good for a permanent painting station, but they are not portable. Deluxe Studio Easel by MABEF 2. Pochade boxes, French easels and other travel easels are [...]

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Painting Shadows

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 to use light and shadow to create the illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. The direction of the light determines the form shadow on the object and the [...]

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Making a Brushstroke

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. Learn to make a brushstroke and you’ll learn to paint in oil. Most oil painting students have difficulty learning brush techniques. And yet, brushstrokes are the most important way to describe a subject and [...]

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Edges in Painting

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 do I achieve hard edges? Where do I use a softer edges?  These are technical problems that often baffle painters.       What do hard and soft edges do in a painting?     This blog [...]

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Varnishing Your Oil Painting

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 and conservators are using today. In the video below I interview David Leffel about mastic varnish and when and how he uses it. Mastic Varnish Mastic Varnish is clearer than Damar and can [...]

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Advice For Starting Painting Later in Life

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 something new at any age has been shown to promote good brain health.  Sherrie explains the value of learning something new later in life—even something that doesn’t come naturally. No matter [...]

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Did Rembrandt Glaze?

  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 work suggests a temperament not consistent with the laborious techniques of glazing. Watching this blog you will glean an insight into techniques used by Rembrandt that gave his work its [...]

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PART I | The Basics | Drawing E-Course

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?   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 her knowledge and time.”                                              In the video below,  Sherrie will give [...]

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How the Golden Section and Golden Mean Help in Composition

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 getting technical, using his formula, successive numbers added together create [...]

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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 in Oil Painting

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 the process of scumbling 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 [...]

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The Best Drawing Papers and Surfaces

Sennelier makes a wonderful pastel card in some lovely colors—a range of warm browns and ivory. I use vine charcoal initially and add contè—both white and red—to capture the illusion of the subject. The surface is relatively delicate and cannot have any liquid applied to the surface. But you can use an eraser to take off some of the color of the paper to create a highlight, without actually using white contè. It takes the charcoal gently and therefore [...]

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Cleaning Oil Paint Brushes

How do I clean oil paint out of my brushes?   Improper washing of your oil painting brushes is not only harmful to the brushes, it also becomes very costly in the long run. So often students have trouble cleaning paint out of the metal ferrule of the brush, which can cause their brushes to become stiff and unpliable. Misuse and harsh washing of brushes can also cause the hairs to splay out and be difficult to use. Preserve some of the [...]

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Values in Drawing and Painting

Values in Painting and Drawing Why are values important in a painting? Why does my painting look grey? This blog will talk about how an artist can simplify values. Most people don’t take advantage of  the power of strong, simple values. Consequently, their paintings are weak and don’t read from across the room. The Five-Value Scale Strong paintings have simple values. The ability to make values the same, despite color changes, is important for creating simple shapes in a painting. The Five-Value scale [...]

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