In this blog, Sherrie gives Stacy a critique on an oil painting portrait in progress. Sherrie shows how the structure of the head depends on getting a more accurate read of the hairline as it describes the skull, or in some cases, where a scarf or hat meets the... Read More
“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... Read More
“Recently I took an architecture sketch class in Spain. I have always been intimidated by drawing buildings, until I took a master class that concentrated on capturing buildings by using contour drawing and seeing shapes. Usually drawing buildings conjures up visions of straight edges and rigid rules, but in... Read More
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... Read More
The Languages of Painting and Drawing
Sherrie explains why painting and drawing are very different languages and require very different solutions. Drawing is an intimate medium meant to be seen up close but painting is meant to be seen from far away. The Kings and the Pope commissioned work from... Read More
This has been a mantra of David’s since I was a student. He always talked about how it was nearly impossible to make careless brushstrokes throughout a painting and then suddenly change and make a meaningful piece of paint. I always believed him, but doing it was... Read More
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
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