Sherrie McGraw 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
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
Sherries' Studio Wall Color Formula
I have had so many requests for the color on my studio walls, that I decided to post the formula here. At one time, there was a standard color that worked, but not any longer. I had a local paint store do a custom mix,... Read More
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... Read More